NCS baseball heats up

Well after the opening round of NCS baseball action, there were few surprises.

Here were a few highlights:

Best game
: Alameda’s 7-6 come-from-behind win over Berkeley. The Hornets got hot at just the right time last year to take the 3A East Bay crown. Could it happen again?

Best pitching effort:
Who else? Clayton Valley’s Sean Burns tossed a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts to notch his 12th win of the season and send the Eagles into a quarterfinal at James Logan.

And here are some things to look forward to in the next two rounds:

Best quarterfinal pitching matchup: California’s Josh Slaats against De La Salle’s Taylor Reid. Unfortunately for Slaats, taming the DLS lineup will be a greater challenge than Reid’s assignment against California’s hitters.

The team that could turn the most heads:
It’s between Piedmont and San Ramon Valley. Piedmont could just pull off an upset of Albany and reach the 2A East Bay semifinals, and San Ramon Valley is definitely capable of sneaking past Alameda in the 3A bracket.

Enjoy the games.


  • Michale Barnes

    How hard does Slaats throw and what other stuff does he have? De La Salle seems unstoppable and peaking at the perfect time.

  • Ben Enos

    Michale, here’s something of an answer to your question. Having not had a radar gun on Slaats either time I saw him this year, I’ll tell you he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball. What he does have is a very easy delivery, which leads me to believe that he’s only going to throw harder as he goes on. That’s what makes him so impressive to me, the fact that he is so good now and has so much potential to get better.
    As for the Spartans, I haven’t seen them yet this year but Cal took them to the mat. We knew before the tournament that DLS would be the favorite (that’s what No. 1 seeds are for) and they’re proving it so far. We’ll see how far the run can last.

  • Michale Barnes

    Ben – I have not seen Livermore but obviously they can play. Have you seen them play this season?

  • Ben Enos

    Michale, sorry it took so long to get back to you. I’ve now seen the Cowboys and, if you read the story, they simply got outhit by De La Salle. I could tell that they were a very good ballclub whose bats had carried them all year long. For a few innings, it looked like they would again but DLS was relentless.