NCS 2A East Bay Baseball Championship (Acalanes vs. Albany)

The final linescore..
Acalanes, 16 Runs, 17 Hits, 3 Errors; Albany 3 Runs, 6 Hits, 5 Errors.

Not much analysis needed for this one. Acalanes simply did what it’s done all season long, and that’s hit the baseball. It was the fifth time in six games that Dons compiled 10 hits or more. Albany just didn’t have an answer for their relentless offensive attack. Stone clearly is the player of the game, finishing 3-for-5 with 8 RBI. Guglielmo was also impressive on the mound as he pitched two-hit ball over five innings. With just four seniors on the team, a young Albany team can hang its hat on a strong season and a promising future.

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Donny Miller comes on to pitch the seventh for the Dons. Adney opens things off by reaching on an error. Spencer McNamara pinch hits and draws a walk as Miller is doing his best Kiko Calero impersonation: Doing everything but getting outs. Miller rebounds with a strikeout of Spence…Stephney ends the shutout with a double over Montero’s head in center field. One run scored, but Stephney got hung out to dry when Spence stopped at third base and he was promptly tagged out for the second out of the inning. Yiadom beat out an infield hit for the Cougars second run and Babitt followed with a triple to right. It’s now 16-3 Acalanes…Miller strikes out Murakawa for the final out. 3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 Left on base. FINAL: Acalanes 16, Albany 3

T.C. Lee opens the inning with the Dons 17th hit of the afternoon, a single to left. Guglielmo re-enter to hit and flies out to left. Montero walks, and Sean Nixon bats for Matthew. Nixon grounds into a 4-6-3 double play and so ends the Dons day at the plate. 0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 16-0.

Andy Applebury is now pitching for the Dons, which closes the book on Guglielmo. Babitt leads off the inning with a walk. Stone’s day just keeps getting better as he becomes just the third catcher this year to throw out Babitt trying to steal. Babitt entered the day with 30-for-32 in stolen base attempts. Murakawa follows with a one-out single to right field. After a wild pitch moves Murakawa to second, Agate flied out to left. The inning ends when Shipley lines out Wallace at second. 0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 Left on base. Acalanes 16-0.

Spencer Cuiper pinch hit for Lee to open the inning and, like all every teammate before him, gets a hit. Cuiper singled to right. Will Cote pinch hit for Guglielmo and reached on the Cougars fifth error of the game. The parade of pinch hitters continues as Robbie Pestal bats and promptly bloops a single over second base. Shipley’s day on the mound ends after a bases-loaded walk to Matthew makes it 13-0 Acalanes…Spence moves from first base to the pitching rubber and, lucky him, will face the top of the Dons lineup. Englehart draws a five-pitch walk and if you 13 runs in the pool, you’re extremely disappointed. It’s now 14-0, bases loaded, no outs. The flood gates aren’t open, they’ve been washed away…Spence gets Wallace on a strikeout. Floethe shoots a single to center, it’s now 15 and counting. Stone steps in the box, and after his best attempt at grand slam No. 2, hits into an RBI fielders choice as Babitt makes a nice play to get Floethe at second base. The designated hitter is removed and Matt Ross hits for himself. He grounds out to third and the inning ends, mercifully. 4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error, 2 Left on base. Acalanes 16-0.

We’re now officially on shutout watch for Guglielmo. He’s thrown just 62 pitches over the first four innings, giving up two hits while striking out four. Spence opened the Cougars half of the inning by fouling out to third base — Floethe made a fantastic catch sliding into the extended backstop. Stephney lined out to second and Yiadom’s bunt attempt was easily handled by Guglielmo for a 1-3 putout. 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 12-0.

Mathews is retired on a grounder to second for the first out, but Englehart takes the next pitch and shoots it up the middle for a one-out hit. Englehart has now reached base all four times. An excuse-me swing by Wallace leads to a fielders-choice at second base, denying Englehart his chance at a fourth run scored. Floethe singled to left and an infield single by Stone gets his seventh RBI with a bad-hop single off the second baseman. Emery strikes out looking to end the inning. 1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 Left on base. Acalanes 12-0.

Shipley opens the inning with a flyout to left field. Brandon Adney was then retired on a ground ball to third. Englehart closed the inning with a strong play at shortstop, going to his left and making a strong throw to first to get John Hicks. Guglielmo needed just eight pitches this time around. 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 11-0.

T.C. Lee flied out to center to open the inning and Guglielmo followed with a groundout to second. Shipley tosses an eight-pitch perfect inning after Montero lined out to center. 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 11-0.

Babitt gronds out with a sharply hit ball to second base. Murakawa was retired on a soft liner to right field. Agate then ends the frame with a groundout to second. Guglielmo needed just nine pitches. 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 11-0.

Matthew opens things up with yet another hit for the Dons, this one a rocket double to the right-center field gap. Englehart then hit a routine grounder to short, and Babitt’s throwing struggles continue as he skips it past the bag and another run scores as Englehart goes to second and Acalanes leads 9-0 as the game continues to spiral out of control for the Cougars…A wild pitch followed by an RBI double by Wallace and its now 10-0…For those scoring at home, that was hit No. 10 for Acalanes…Floethe reached on an error, and Stone proved human as he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Wallace scored his third run of the game on the play and its now 11-0…Emery strikes out to end the side. 3 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors, 0 Left on base. Acalanes 11-0.

Brandon Adney leads off with a ground out to short. Guglielmo gets John Hicks to strike out looking for out No. 2. Josh Spence got the Cougars first hit of the game on a high chopper to third base and moved to second when Floethe’s throw soared over first base. Ellis Stephney followed with a clean single to left field that put runners on the corners. Guglielmo escapes the jam with a swinging strikeout of Nana Yiadom. 0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error, 2 Left on base. Acalanes 8-0.

Dustin Montero opened things off with a stand-up double to straightaway left. Montero moved to third on a passed ball. Albany brought its infield in, and that moves backfires as James Matthew shoots a laser shot past a lunging Babitt at shortstop for another hit and RBI. Englehart follows with a chopper to shortstop, but the throw to first is in the dirt and everybody is safe as Matthew goes to third. Agate then hits Wallace on a 1-1 pitch and Acalanes leads 4-0 with the bases loaded and no outs…Floethe is retired on a popout to second, but Stone clears the bases with a mammoth grand slam to left field for his second hit and third, fourth, fifth and sixth RBI of the game. It’s now 8-0 Acalanes, and Albany coach Jim Giblin makes a pitching change…Shipley replaces Agate on the hill and is immediately met with another Acalanes rally. Emery reached on an error and Lee singled to center. Guglielmo grounds into a force at third for the second out of the inning and Montero grounded out to second base to end the inning. The second-inning nightmare ends for the Cougars. 5 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors, 2 Left on base. Acalanes 8-0.

Dons ace Mike Guglielmo starts his game off by getting Zach Babitt to strike out swinging. Junna Murakawa hits a high chopper to third base and is gunned down by Floethe. Graeme Agate draws a five-pitch walk Agate advanced to second on a throwing error by Guglielmo in an attempted pickoff. The pitcher bounces back by striking out Kyle Shipley to end the inning. 0 Runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 Left on base. Acalanes 3-0.

This season’s best 2nd-Team All-League shortstop, Ben Englehart, leads off the game with a walk. Joe Wallace follows by raking a 1-1 pitch for a clean single into left field, runners now on first and second with nobody out. If you didn’t know this already, Acalanes can flat hit…Jake Floethe follows with a sharp hit single that skips right under the glove of Albany third baseman Kyle Shipley. The hit parade continues with a two-run single to left by Mike Stone, and Acalanes leads 2-0. Still nobody out…Scott Emery hits a long fly ball that the wind helps turn into a single off the left field fence, another run in. It’s now 3-0, nobody out…Albany gets their first out on a pop out to short by T.C. Lee. The Cougars then get a break when Mike Guglielmo’s short flyball is caught by left field by Nana Yiadom, and then doubles Stone off of second base. The damage is done. 3 Runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 Left on base. 3-0 Acalanes.

We’re about ready to kick off game number two of this East Bay championship doubleheader.
Here are the starting lineups.

ACALANES (visitor)
1. Ben Englehart, SS
2. Joe Wallace, 2B
3. Jake Floethe, 3B
4. Mike Stone, C
5. Scott Emery, DH /Matt Ross, 1B
6. T.C. Lee, LF
7. Mike Guglielmo, P
8. Dustin Montero, CF
9. James Matthew, RF

ALBANY (home)
1. Zach Babitt, SS
2. Junna Murakawa, C
3. Graeme Agate, P
4. Kyle Shipley, 3B
5. Brandon Adney, CF
6. John Hicks, 2B
7. Josh Spence, 1B
8. Ellis Stephney, DH / Jake Phillips, RF
9. Nana Yiadom, LF