Season Ends on the Diamond
Season Ends on the Diamond
The 2016 baseball/softball regular season officially came to a close last week with several teams now vying for a league championship.
The Alameda softball team ripped through the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) to the tune of a 10-2 record. The Hornets won its last five league contests. They also beat rival Encinal 2-1 on April 26. The Hornets are 14-4 overall.
In its last contest, Alameda roughed up the pitching of San Lorenzo on its way to a 14-0 victory. Sophomore Trina Eichel took the mound for the Hornets in the win. She struck out six Rebel batters. Mira Piamonte and Bella Vick combined to go 7-for-7 from the plate. The Hornets took on the Rebels again in the WACC first round on Tuesday. This is the third time the Hornets took on the Rebels this year. Alameda won the previous two matches.
The Alameda baseball team had a good start to the season, but a recent slide put its bid to a WACC title out of the picture. The Hornets began the year 14-5 overall and 9-2 in the WACC, but five straight losses dropped the Hornets out of WACC contention.
In its last contest, the Hornets lost 7-1 to Berkeley. Senior Tony Riley went 2-for-3 from the plate. The Hornets ended the year 9-7 and sixth in the WACC. It is unknown yet if the Hornets will qualify for the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament.
The Encinal softball team went 8-10 on the season. The team did, however, put together a 7-6 record in the WACC tied for fifth place with San Leandro. The team had some big wins this year including a 16-3 victory over Piedmont on May 4. They also took down San Lorenzo 13-0 on March 23.
The Encinal baseball team had rough season finishing 9-15 and 5-11 in the WACC. Their 5-11 finish gave them ninth place in the WACC. In the season finale contest, the Jets lost 2-0 to Castro Valley last Thursday, May 12. Trojans’ pitcher Antonio Costa blanked the Jets in seven scoreless innings, while giving up eight hits and striking out three batters. The Jets outhit the Trojans 8 to 4.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) softball is currently 10-10 overall on the season, but 3-7 in the Tri County Athletic League (TCAL). The Pilots qualified for the TCAL playoffs, but lost to St. Mary’s of Albany in the first round on May 13. In its last game, the Pilots took down St. Vincent de Paul of Petaluma 14-4 on May 14. In the game, the Pilots combined for 16 hits. Sophomore Samantha Shaffer led the Pilots with four RBIs. Freshman Danielle Pohlson added three RBIs of her own. Both players went 3-for-4 from the plate. The team will take on Barean Christian of Walnut Creek in a Div. V non-league game tomorrow on the road.
The SJND baseball team finished the season 19-5 overall and 7-3 in the TCAL standings. They are in fourth place in TCAL. The Pilots had a stellar season. At one point, they held a 14-game winning streak. However, they lost three of its last four. Nonetheless, the Pilots had a strong year with four victories of more than 10 runs. The team took on St. Mary’s in the first round of the TCAL playoffs on Tuesday, May 17.