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.