Welcome to a special issue of the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. The spring season is coming to an end with six CCS baseball finals on Saturday. Find the best of all action in Divisions I, II, III, IV, V and WE.
Division I: No. 3 Valley Christian 6, No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 5
The third-seed Valley Christian held a late meeting of Archbishop Mitty with the top seed to claim his fourth straight CCS championship.
Division II: No. 8 Sequoia 11, No. 2 San Benito
Sequoia Ravens apparently did not take kindness to being sown eighth. Their record of 20-3 in the regular season was No. 1 among the eight D-II qualifiers.
Sequoia got revenge for seeding, and stormed to a 9-2 lead after four rounds and flew off with the D-II title on Saturday against No. 2 seed San Benito (17-10).
“I’ve never been part of a team that was as good as this,” said the Sequoia skipper Mike doyle so.
JP Boyle continued his attack on opponents and went 3-for-3 with a homer, double, three RBI and three runs scored. In the semifinals against Leland, Boyle ended a pointless draw with a two-run homer in the fifth that drove Sequoia to a 5-2 triumph.
Other hits for the Ravens (23-3) were Jack Lanham and Ben singles with two RBI pieces, and Rocky knuedler and Nick swee, both with two hits.
Sequoia’s line-up consisted of nine seniors or juniors, and the experience paid off. The Ravens jumped to a 6-2 lead in the second, and a three-run fourth largely put the game out of reach. The closest San Benito came after it was 10-4 in the sixth.
Sequoia starter jug Dillon goes had to go out in the second half when the shoulder tightened up, but Cole kenyon took over and worked the last 5⅓ rounds for the victory. Goetz stayed in the game and was 1-for-4 on the plate with a run and an RBI. – Mike Lefkow
Division III: No. 6 Burlingame 10, No. 4 Los Altos 2
Burlingame’s season could not have ended in a more fitting way than before Max Alvira to make the final batter swing, tackle a full match appearance and a senior season where he posted eight wins and a 2.18 ERA of 10 starts.
“It feels like the whole year we’ve been waiting for this,” said Alvira, after allowing two runs over seven laps in Burlingame’s 10-2 title win. “It’s nice to get a CCS victory for this team. It hasn’t happened in a while, so it feels really good. ”
Coach Shawn Scott took over the program a year after the Panthers won the Division II title in 2010. Since then, he said the program had been working towards this moment.
“Even getting to the postal season on the peninsula is difficult,” Scott said. “It just means a lot to come here.”
Alvira tricked the Los Altos lineup for the last five laps after the teams traded races in the first two pictures. The Panthers broke the game open with four runs in the fifth round, and then continued with four more in the seventh. Burlingames 5-6-7 hitters, junior Dexter Quisol, senior Jacob Cilia and senior Jake Caprini, all finished with two hits and at least one race run in.
Senior shortstop Aaron Parker tripled and scored in the first and homer in his next record appearance, making up all of the Eagles’ runs. – Evan Webeck
Division IV: No. 6 Leigh 7, No. 1 Palma 2
The sixth-seeded Longhorns scored five unanswered races to upset No. 1 in Palma for the Division IV crown.
Both teams scored twice in the first, then Leigh scored what turned out to be the winning race in the third. It stayed that way until the sixth, when visitors added three more races to make it 6-2.
Leigh ended the season with a 16-9 record and won his fourth CCS title, the last in 2000. Palma ended the year at 12-8-1.
Division V: No. 8 Gilroy 5, No. 3 Pacific Grove 4 (10 innings)
Gilroy collected from four descents by scoring four times in the sixth to drop, and then win it by a race at the top of the tenth.
Despite coming into the playoffs with a 2-7 record, the Mustangs beat top-seed Soledad 6-5 and No. 5 seed King’s Academy 4-2 to reach the final.
Five of the eight participants in Division V had under-500 entries that entered the entry season. In the sixth, Soledad was 8-8-1.
Gilroy was threateningly away from home, posting a 5-3 record on the road or in neutral stadiums. They were 0-4 at home.
Gilroy won his first CCS baseball title. The four races it scored in the sixth were more than Pacific Grove allowed in the first two games of the playoffs combined. – Mike Lefkow
Division VI: No. 3 Harker 16, No. 1 Stevenson 15
In what had to be today’s match, Harker scored 11 races at the top of the seventh, and then kept on winning. Winning pitcher Ian Williamson, who worked the last three rounds, got the final out with a strike with the bases loaded.
Harker (20-6) went 14-5 after when the wild seventh started. At one point, 12 straight Harker batter reached base. Coach Mike Delfino said all 11 races crossed the plate after two were out.
Team captain Andrew Chavez hit a two-run double that put the Eagles ahead 15-14, but the innings were “mostly trips and singles,” Delfino said.
Mark Hu led Harker with four hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the first. He had two hits on the 11th.
Harker’s second captain, Levi Sutton, had three hits and one RBI.
It was the first section baseball title for Harker, which opened in 1893 and is on its third name change. – Mike Lefkow