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3-A Championship, No. 15 College Park vs No. 5 Arroyo

Well I’m pretty sure the blogging has topped 2500 words today, so hopefully the tens of thousands of you refreshing at home and those following all around the world on Armed Forces Internet were satisfied. Congrats to College Park and Arroyo for great seasons.

Top 7, Arroyo – Johnson – Double to RC. Second hit of the game for Arroyo. Bratton – Ball goes to the backstop, Johnson moves to third. Passed ball and Arroyo is on the board. It’s 2-1 CP. Coming in to pitch for CP is Harmen Sidhu. That snaps the 26-inning scoreless streak by the CP pitching staff. Bratton K’s and CP is two outs away. Jack – Sidhu has the slowest windup this side of Hideo Nomo. Caught looking. Strike 3. Grucza – ball 1. fouled away, 1-1. 1-2.
4,670 announced attendance. We’re not sure how many of the season ticket holders and luxury box holders didn’t show. Strike 3. game over. College Park is your 2008 NCS 3-A CHAMPIONS

Bottom 6, CP – Nuyten – Out. Vink – doubles down the RF line. Derr- Pop up lands beyond the reach of Jack. 1st and 2nd. Smith – Runners 4-6-3. College Park 2, Arroyo 0

Top 6, Arroyo – Anderson – Out at first on a close play 6-3. Petros (1-for-2) – This just in from Jimmy Durkin “College Park has good pitching.” Thank you for that in-depth analysis, Jimmy. Petros caught looking. Matheny – Strike out. College Park 2, Arroyo 0. Not looking good for the Dons.

Bottom 5, CP – Goonan – Single in the gap in RC. That’s all for MacHado as Greg Boyson comes in to pitch. MacHado walked two batters, both came around to score, ouch. Ornellas – good contact, but a nice play by Petros in CF to get the out. Goonan steals second. Holcomb – F8. Blallock pinch hitting for Gardner – Wild pitch, runner on third now. Walk. Nuyten – Squeeze play, missed, and he’s out at the plate. Which makes two catcher unassisted caught stealing plays in this game. College Park 2, Arroyo 0

Top 5, Arroyo – Grucza – Pop out. Plotz – Ground out to third. Hunter – pop up. College Park 2, Arroyo 0

Bottom 4, CP – Nuyten – Walk. Vink – Nuyten stole second. Groundout to first base, moves Nuyten to third. Derr – Ball in the dirt skips past Gruzca and CP is up 2-0. Derr doubles to deep center. Smith – Attempts a bunt, but doesn’t get it down. Fly out. Alec Alkire (for Fiammengo) – Ground out to SS. College Park 2, Arroyo 0

Top 4, Arroyo – Petros – Liner up the middle gives Arroyo its first base runner and hit of the game. Matheny – out. Johnson – Called strike three, but Petros steals second without a throw. Then, with no one covering third he jets for third and gets there safely. Heads up play by Petros, heads down play by CP and Coleman goes out to the mound to talk about it. Bratton – HBP. Jack – Deep fly ball, but its tracked down. College Park 1, Arroyo 0

Bottom 3, CP – Goonan – He was up when Fiammengo caught stealing home and flies out to lead off the third. Ornellas – Pop up to Grucza is foul terrioty. 2 outs. Holcomb – Hit by the first pitch. Gardner – CP has Arroyo thinking now, second pitch out, this time the runner wasn’t going. A little liner back up the box is knocked down by MacHado, he makes the throw to first, inning over. College Park 1, Arroyo 0

Top 3, Arroyo – Plotz – Fly ball to CF. 1 out. Hunter – line drive to LF, nice play for the out. Anderson – Fly ball in foul territory, caught. Scoreless streak 23 inning College Park 1, Arroyo 0

Bottom 2, CP – Vink – Walks for our first base runner of the game Derr – High fly ball to center, 1 away Smith – Another fly ball to CF sends him to the bench. Fiammengo – A pitch out is called perfectly, the the throw to second sails high and into center field. Vink doesn’t move to third, but he’s now in scoring position. Double down the left field line scores Vink and CP has the first lead, 1-0. Goonan – On the first pitch, Fiammengo steals third. That is College Park baseball right there. He tried to steal home, but was tagged out easily at the plate. College Park 1, Arroyo 0

Top 2, Arroyo – I was there to see College Park upset Foothill in the first round. In that game, Foothill’s first batter of the game scored. The Falcons haven’t given up a run since. 21 innings without a run. Bratton – First of all, Bratton may be the biggest person in the stadium tonight, but he grounds out to short. Jack – Goonan gets him swinging, 2 outs. Grucza - Pop up to third. 22 scoreless for the Falcons. Arroyo 0, College Park 0

Bottom 1, CP – Holcomb - Grounder to second, 1 out. Gardner - A rare strikeout for MacHado (looking) gets Gardner and up comes Nuyten – Hits a ball foul in left field, but Hunter crashes into the wall. For some reason the CP fans cheer after they see him lying there. Hunter is going to come out of the game and Luke Stone is warming up to come in, in his stead. Well, maybe he is not coming in, this delay is well over 10 minutes now. Hunter is going back out there now, looks like he is wearing wrap around his wrist. Naturally, the first pitch is a fly ball to hunt and we’re finally out of the first inning. Arroyo 0, College Park 0

Top 1, Arroyo – Petros - Weak grounder on a check swing back to Goonan, 1 away. Matheny – First pitch grounder to second, 2 outs. Johnson - Works the count full and thought he got walked, but after taking a couple steps out of the box, he gets rung out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors. Arroyo 0, College Park 0

Alright, the main event is here and there is a decent crowd on hand.

The Star Spangled Banner was not the Grace Leer version, kind of disappointing.

Arroyo will be the visitor by virtue of a pregame coin flip.

Arroyo lineup (w/ avg.)

Johnny Petros, CF, .427
Robert Matheny, RF, .410
Richard Johnson, SS, .449
Jordan Bratton, DH, .437
Alex Jack, 1B, .400
Nick Gruzca, C, .325
Brandon Plotz, 3B, .266
Tyrone Hunter, LF, .304
Andrew Richardson, 2B, .362

Pitcher: Tyler MacHado, 8-1, 1.86 era

Head coach : Eric Anderson

College Park lineup

Tommy Holcomb, 3B
Jimmy Gardner, 2B
Josh Nuyten, SS
Chad Vink, DH
Tyler Derr, LF
Travis Smith, 1B
Julian Fiammengo,
Casey Goonan, P, 5-2
Matthew Ornellas, RF

College Park has TEN COACHES.

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Field access restricted by EBAL commish

We were going to provide some post-game quotes, but for some reason, EBAL commissioner Don Nelson didn’t allow our writer Ben Enos access to field interviews. Although writers from other media outlets were granted access. Nelson is serving at the site director for today’s games.

Complaints can be sent to NCS.

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2-A Championship, No. 7 Piedmont vs No. 1 Northgate

Bottom 7, Northgate – Kosturos leads off with a hard line drive to SS, but its an easy play. 1 out. Johnson grounds out to third and everyone is now standing. Krueger up, 1-1 count. 1-2, swing and a miss, he pops its up to third and PIEDMONT IS YOUR 2008 NCS 2-A EAST BAY BASEBALL CHAMPIONS.

Top 7, Piedmont – Steady is leading it off for Piedmont, he flies out to bring up Remer, who is 2-for-3. He hit what looked to be a gapper, but LF Chris Pelayo makes a nifty catch to make it two outs. Chu and Menke both reach base and Kyle Heise comes in to pitch for the Broncos. Bonacum grounds out and we head to the final frame. Piedmont 6, Northgate 5.

Bottom 6, Northgate – Chu is now pitching for Piedmont, he threw 87 pitches on Wednesday. He looks strong, striking out Mike Navolio to open it up. Two quick outs follow and the Highlanders are 3 outs away from the NCS 2-A title. Piedmont 6, Northgate 5.

Top 6, Piedmont – Bonacum gets out to start the inning, but Davis doubles (probably would have been gone at any HS stadium)to bring up McCalmont. A walk and a passed ball make it first and third for Steven Deutsch. Deutsch grounds to third and they get Davis at the plate. 2 outs, first and second. A pop up in foul territory somehow falls, Northgate better hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them….. and it does. George doubles to the wall in LC, bringing in two runs. Piedmont is back on top, 6-5. Campopiano goes to the pen and No. 51 Chris Bataska. George steals third while the pitcher has the ball, but slides off the bag and he is tagged out. Piedmont 6, Northgate 5.

Bottom 5, Northgate – With 1 out, Cartwright reaches on an error. He gets to second and third on pitches in the dirt. Kosturos grounded out to Remer and there are 2 away. Another error by Chu allows Johnson to get on first and the Broncs to get on the board. Johnson steals second. The Piedmont students were chanting “Krueger sucks, Krueger sucks” this led the P.A. announcer to make a statement about sportsmanship, quickly quieting the purple-clad bunch. Although it didn’t quiet the NG students, who kept throwing comments out. Campopiano quiets his student section and play resumes … just in time for a past ball to allow another run to score 2 UE runs in the inning. WIth Pelayo up and a 3-0 count, Remer’s pitch count has reached 98. He walks him and that is all we’ll see from the USF-coung Remer, who finishes the day without allowing an earned run. He allowed just 1 hit and struck out 5, but he did walk 6 guys. Now pitching for Piedmont is No. 4 Jeremy George. His second pitch find a lot of the dirt and the runners advance to 2nd and 3rd. Wow, the error streak continues. This time by the 2b and its 4-3. Runners on 1st and 3rd, 2 away. Another dirty ball and we have a tie game. Kent is up with and Dell’Anno on third. Kent walks and George is holding his arm, it has to be tough coming into a situation like that in this venue. George has Kent picked off, but they took way too much time going after him. Dell’Anno was able to score from third by the time they got George. Northgate 5, Piedmont 4. No hits for NG that inning as Piedmont made 4 errors. What a goofy inning, remnant of the A-11 offense the Highlanders employ during the Fall.

Top 5, Piedmont – Ryan Patee hits a grounder in the hole, beats it out … bringing NG coach John Campopiano out to argue the call. Next batter, George hits a line drive up the middle that was knocked down by a diving Dell’Anno. He gets up throws to second, but Patee is safe again. That brought Campopiano out of the dugout again, but we’ve decided he was arguing to give Sam Church time to warm up down the line. Steady bunts them over, Remer up with 2nd and 3rd. Little chopper from Remer scores Patee and a sac fly from Moore makes it 4-0. That’s all the damage done, heading to the bottom of the 5th its Piedmont 4, Northgate 0

Bottom 4, Northgate – Pelayo leads off with an F8, bringing Dell’Anno to the plate. The stadium gun has Remer at 87 MPH on his last pitch, although I’ve seen it say Barry Zito 91 MPH before, so who knows how accurate it is. Another backwards K for Remer, his 4th strikeout of the game (3rd looking). He walks Ken as Daniel Moore comes up with 2 away. Moore swings at a pitch in the dirt to strikeout, as we head to the 5th it Piedmont 2, Northgate 0

Top 4, Piedmont – Steady makes out to start the inning, but Remer singles for his second hit of the game. A walk to Chu puts runners on 1st and 2nd for Menke. I see a sizable Menke cheering section in section 115. Bartlett is having some control issues, throwing 7 straight balls, before making the count 3-1. Bartlett singles, but Remer doesn’t score (hesitated on contact). A meeting on the mound lasted about 2 minutes before it gets broken up. The meeting doesn’t help as Kyle Bonacum singles through the right side, scoring 2. Davis and McCalmont both get out, but the damage is done. Piedmont 2, Northgate 0

Bottom 3, Northgate – Cartwright hit a chopper to third, easily thrown out at first. Back to the top of order and Kosturos hits a line drive down the line in RF, but its tracked down. Two away. Johnson doubles to left, the first hit off Flemer, but Kruger flys out, ending the threat. Piedmont 0, Northgate 0

Top 3, Piedmont -Three up three down and I’ve been trying to count the people here. I lost count. Piedmont 0, Northgate 0

Bottom 2, Northgate - Joey Dell’anno is retired, bringing up Daniel Kent. Kent gets on and Remer’s pitch count is at 42. Daniel Moore hits a deep fly ball, but its caught. And by deep, I mean the CF had to run a good distance back, but it was still only about 2/3s of the way into the OF grass. Another K for Remer and we head to the 3rd, tied Piedmont 0, Northgate 0.

Top 2, Piedmont – Cardinal sin to start the second, with Alex Menke walking to get things started. Kyle Bonacum comes up, but Menke is quickly picked off first. Possibly caught gazing at the packed house. Bonacum and Davis are retired in order. Two base runners for Piedmont through 2, but the Highlanders have sent the minimum to the plate. Piedmont 0, Northgate 0

Bottom 1, Northgate – Cartwright gets caught looking to bring up Mike Kosturous. Remer gets Johnson looking too and up comes Blaine Johnson with 2 away. Interesting side note from Jimmy Durkin — John Nelson, the head coach for Piedmont played in the 2-A Football championship at the Coliseum in 1979. According to Nelson, it was the first NCS event to be held at the Coliseum. A walk puts a runner on for Kevin Krueger. Remer has already thrown 25 pitches this inning, another walk. Two on for Chris Pelayo. Fly ball to center hauled in by Steady and we’re through an inning, scoreless. Piedmont 0, Northgate 0

Top 1, Piedmont - A basehit by Remer is all Piedmont would get, and Bryce Chu grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Piedmont 0, Northgate 0

Let’s get to the details shall we. It’s No. 1-seed Northgate (24-2) vs. No. 7 Piedmont (19-7-1). By virtue of a coin toss, the Broncos will be the home team.

Here is Highlanders’ starting lineups:

1. Alex Steady CF

2. Jordan Remer P

3. Bryce Chu 3B

4. Alex Menke LF

5. Kyle Bonacum RF

6. Lawrence Davis DH

Trevor Fleshman C

7. Trevor McCalmont SS

8. Ryan Patee 1B

9. Jeremy George 2B

Here is the Broncos’ lineup:

1. Jack Cartwright CF

2. Michael Kosturos RF

3. Blaine Johnson C

4. Kevin Krueger 1B

5. Chris Pelayo LF

6. Joey Dell’Anno SS

7. Daniel Kent DH

Luke Bartlett P

8. Daniel Moore 3B

9. Mike Navolio 2B

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NCS 2A East Bay Baseball Championship (Northgate vs. Piedmont)

 Hello everybody. Welcome to our live blog coverages of the East Bay baseball championship at McAfee Coliseum.

The blogging for these games is going to be happening on our sister blog, Prep Corner. But since blogger Kyle Bonagura got caught in traffic on his way here, I thought I’d get this thing rolling.

Let’s get to the details shall we. It’s No. 1-seed Northgate (24-2) vs. No. 7 Piedmont (19-7-1). By virtue of a coin toss, the Broncos will be the home team.

Here is Highlanders’ starting lineups:

1. Alex Steady CF

2. Jordan Remer P

3. Bryce Chu 3B

4. Alex Menke LF

5. Kyle Bonacum RF

6. Lawrence Davis DH

Trevor Fleshman C

7. Trevor McCalmont SS

8. Ryan Patee 1B

9. Jeremy George 2B

Here is the Broncos’ lineup:

1. Jack Cartwright CF

2. Michael Kosturos RF

3. Blaine Johnson C

4. Kevin Krueger 1B

5. Chris Pelayo LF

6. Joey Dell’Anno SS

7. Daniel Kent DH

Luke Bartlett P

8. Daniel Moore 3B

9. Mike Navolio 2B

Now that Kyle is here in the press box. You can catch all the action at Prep Corner.

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Live Blog of NCS baseball tonight!

If you can’t make it to the Coliseum today for the NCS 2 and 3-A East Bay baseball finals, you’re in luck. We’ll be running a live blog right here, starting just before the first pitch of the 2-A game, which is slated for 4 p.m, and continue right until the end.

UPDATE: Kyle Bonagura is running a bit late. Chace Bryson will start the blogging at our sister site East Bay Prep Sports until Kyle gets here.

- JD

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NCS Baseball Championship game predictions

Selector 3-A: No. 15 College Park vs.
No. 5 Arroyo
2-A: No. 7 Piedmont vs.
No. 1 Northgate
Michael Bower Arroyo Northgate
Jimmy Durkin College Park Piedmont
Kyle Bonagura Arroyo Northgate
Ben Enos College Park Northgate
Chace Bryson Arroyo Northgate

Durkin’s comments

As for the 3-A game, Arroyo’s fans pleased don’t get alarmed and start screaming bloody murder at me for picking against you. Actually, you should probably be happy that I’ve picked against the Dons. I was stupid enough to pick against Arroyo in each of the first three games of the playoffs and the Dons have promptly won all three so me picking College Park is probably a good sign for you. As for my reasoning for picking College Park, I’m going with the team of destiny pick. For a No. 15 seed to make it all the way here — while only giving up one run mind you — it just seems like they have something going for them. Much of the same could be said for Arroyo, especially after it upset the No. 1 team in the state. Anyhow, I have to make a pick so I’m choosing College Park, but that in no way means I’m ruling out the Dons.

On to the 2-A, it’s probably predictable that I’m picking Piedmont. I’ve picked them the whole way, so why stop now. I did consider switching my pick after I just got off the phone with Piedmont coach John Nelson, who talked about how his team has gotten motivation from being the underdog all year long. Mind you, this is a Piedmont team that I don’t believe ever cracked our top-15 poll and in the last one we put out on May 14 (the end of season poll comes out next week) finally got a mere two votes. As I’ve said repeatedly, I love the pitching combo of Bryce Chu (UC Davis signee) and Jordan Remer (USF). Remer will be on the bump at the Coliseum and he’s excited for that opportunity. To be honest, being based in Oakland, I don’t know much about Northgate, other that that they can rake it. I haven’t seen them play yet though.

Bonagura’s comments

After seeing Arroyo beat Livemore on Wednesday, there is no way I can pick against the Dons. That is a solid team all the way through the lineup and their defense was flawless. I’ve heard great things about MacHado (8-1, 1.85) who will be on the bump. I saw College Park knock off Foothill, but came away thinking that CP was very beatable and Foothill would win 9 of 10 against them. Although, then they go win 2 straight without allowing a run against Monte Vista (which scored 8 the game before) and Clayton Valley (which scored 20 in its first round game).

I haven’t seen either of the 2A teams and Remer sounds good, but Northgate’s impressive record leads me to believe this is their year.

Bower’s comments

I wish I could be there to watch the Dons play a historic game in McAffee Coliseum, but I am at state track in SoCal and might get to watch another Arroyo happening as Derek Thomas has a chance to win the state title in the boys 800 meter. That would be something. Anyway, back to baseball. It’s scary to see what College Park’s pitching staff has been able to do to opposing offenses in the playoffs, but I think Arroyo’s approach on offense is another something coach Eric Anderson should be proud of and applauded for. The Dons are the ultimate opposite-field hitting team. We all know high school pitchers love to live on the outside corner _ most of the time that gets outs _ but these kids know how to go the other way. That has been huge to Arroyo’s success this season. When watching the game, take notice of how many balls the Dons hit the other way or up the middle. As long as they don’t get caught up in that, “I want to try to hit one out of a pro field” syndrome then I have to think Arroyo can put up enough runs to win. For those that know baseball, it is special when a team can hit as one whole unit. And for those that know high school baseball, it is hard to teach kids to take the opposite-field single (and sometimes home run like Nick Grucza) rather than try to yank everything out of the ball park. Very good job by the entire Arroyo coaching staff this year and, of course, to the kids.

Enos’ comments

3A: A No. 15 seed in the championship game? Come on now. I play the horses occasionally and it’s just good sense to pick the longshot at those odds. Casey Goonan should be on the bump for CP and he’s a bulldog with good control and a great pitcher’s mentality. I have to confess I don’t know a ton about Arroyo but I fully expect this to be a low-scoring game with two good pitchers going at it. Gonna be a close one.

2A: Normally, good pitching beats good hitting but I’m willing to bet against that credo today. Northgate is very solid fundamentally and I think that trumps the fantastic arm of Jordan Remer today. Piedmont has some good wins in the postseason but I’m not sure the Highlanders have seen an offense of Northgate’s caliber. But hey, I’ve seen all of about five baseball games this year so what the heck do I know.

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SRV QB commits to Boise State

Here we are again with some big football news. San Ramon Valley quarterback Joe Southwick, Times offensive player of the year in 2007, has committed to Boise State, according to Rivals.com. According to a couple reports on the internet, Southwick had a few WAC offers in hand before making his decision to join the Broncos. Once you think about it, Boise makes a lot of sense for the dual-threat QB, as he plays in a wide-open attack at San Ramon Valley. It’s a solid verbal commitment, as Southwick is only a junior at SRV.

We’ll have a full story up around the middle of the day tomorrow on contracostatimes.com so check back for more info.

Thursday update: This is confirmed now, as I spoke with Joe this morning. He’s very excited to head to the blue turf of Boise. He made his commitment Tuesday while in Boise on a visit.

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Arroyo/Livermore recap

I just got done writing my story for tomorrow’s print editions, but there was a lot I wanted to touch on about today’s game.

Obviously a lot of emotion going into some of these comments I’ve been reading, but most of them are coming from people who have an affiliation. Yes, I covered Livermore all year long, so I know more about the Cowboys than I do Arroyo, but I definitely can give an unbiased opinion and hopefully mediate this a little.

Pitching

Alex Jack is legit. He doesn’t have over powering stuff, but he threw strikes and got ahead in the count. I could easily see him turning into a solid Sunday or mid week starter for Fresno State when he gets there.

Singleton didn’t have his best stuff today. That homer he gave up was a typical Livemore HR, high fly balls carry like its Coors field at the park. Without that wind, its either an out or a double. But the field is what it is and Grucza hit it over the fence … it was one of the few hard hit balls. I thought he struggled with his control out of the stretch which led to that wild pitch, but he did only give up 2 hits. No shame in that.

As good as Jack was, J.R. Graham was the best pitcher out there today. 90+ velocity and a nasty slider, only gave up one hit in 4 2/3 and struck out the side when they needed a shutdown inning in the 4th. He’ll get my vote for East Bay Player of the Year, although he struggled at the plate today.

Hitting

Livermore got burned by its lack of depth at the bottom of the lineup. Hitters 6-to-9 went a combined 1-for-10 with 8 strikeouts. That just won’t get it done, you gotta at least put the ball in play.

Neither team hit well, at all, period. Both teams finished with 3 hits. No one should be bragging about having better hitting because, well, neither team hit well, at all, period.

That .379 batting average Arroyo has as a team would be no where near what it was if the Dons played in the EBAL. However, if anyone actually thinks Arroyo would be a .500 team in the EBAL they are flat out wrong. The Dons would have competed for the title, I’m not going to say they would have won it going away. But talent level wise, they are equal to Livermore, Foothill and Monte Vista.

Defense

Props to ErnDog for pointing out the Livermore defensive woes on paper before the game started and stating that won’t fly against the Dons. In the third inning, Richardson got on with a single (on an 0-2 pitch) and Singleton then got a ground ball which could have been two (although it was slowly hit and Petros, who I’ll assume is fast bc he leads off). Worst case, there should have been 2 outs with a runner on first. Instead, they have runners on the corners with 1 out. Perhaps a little rattled, Singleton walked Matheny, who he struck out in the first, to load the bases. A wild pitch then gives Arroyo a run. Jake Sylvester is the best defensive catcher I saw this year (UOP commit) and it looked like he was upset with the pitch Singleton threw, which makes me think they got their signals crossed. That is unacceptable in an NCS semifinal game. A hit by pitch and a weak grounder follow and that lead to a 2-run inning. Props to Arroyo for putting the ball in play (unlike Livermore), I know “put the pressure on, bla bla bla” but those are two lucky runs.

In a sense Livermore beat themselves with that shotty D, but they didn’t hit well enough to win anyways so its all moot.

Bottom line is that Arroyo was the better team today. However, it’s not like they went out a beat Livermore soundly, that was a game between two very evenly matched teams that would probably split 5-5 if they played 10 times.

BTW, Tanner Laran (who hit the HR for Liv, and almost went yard in the 1st also) is the most underrated player in the East Bay. He should have been a first-team all EBAL player.

Ump error in the first inning 

That ball definitely hit the dirt and the umps definitely blew the call. However, as soon as the umpire rung him up he is out right there. Livermore played it right by running down to first (and around to score), but I don’t think it would have happend like that if the ump didn’t signal out. Yes, first base was occupied, but there was 2 outs. When there is two outs, the base doesn’t need to be open to run to first on a dropped third strike. Hope that clears that up.

For you Arroyo fans: With Bower heading off for the State track meet in SoCal, I have assumed the responsibility of covering the Dons the rest of the way. Look for a preview in Saturday’s Daily Review.

I’m sure I’ll keep thinking of things throughout the night I want to say about this game so keep checking back.

-KB

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Arroyo vs. College Park in NCS 3-A East Bay Baseball Finals

FINALS

Arroyo 3, Livermore 1

College Park 1, Clayton Valley 0 

The championship matchup is set for the North Coast Section 3-A East Bay title game Saturday at 7 p.m. at McAffee Coliseum in Oakland.

No. 5 Arroyo will face No. 15 College Park. Since I was out at the Arroyo-Livermore game today, I will give you a few details. I didn’t keep a scorebook, but I can give you my perspective on what happend.

 Alex Jack, a senior southpaw, tossed a gem for the Dons, working the fastball early in the count to get ahead and then changing speeds with the knuckleball and curve ball. For the most part, his fastball was just too much to handle for the Livermore hitters. I think he figured that out around the fourth or fifth inning and started to go right after the Cowboys.

Nick Grucza gave Arroyo a 1-0 lead with a home run in the second inning and the Dons never trailed. Arroyo scored a couple more runs thanks to an error and a wild pitch by Livermore.

This will be Arroyo’s first NCS 3-A East Bay title game appearance in school history for baseball. Arroyo hadn’t won an NCS 3-A East Bay postseason game in school history until this season. Livermore entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in the state. However, that will be short lived.

My first thought of the title game matchup is: Man, College Park is getting some good pitching! That’s all I got for now. There will certainly be more to come in the next couple of days.