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.