Baseball: College Park advances to semifinals of national tournament

The College Park High baseball team has advanced to the semifinals of arguably the most prestigious and competitive tournament in the country, the National High School Baseball Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Falcons opened the tournament by beating defending state champions on back-to-back days behind strong pitching performances from Joe DeMers and Chris Brown.


Joe DeMers helped College Park win its first game at the NHSI tournament (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff file photo)

A day after DeMers carried the Falcons to a 3-1 win over Farragut-Tennessee, Brown pitched a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Loyalsock Township of Pennsylvania. College Park plays the winner of Whitewater-Georgia and Mosley-Florida in Friday’s semifinals.

Against Farragut on Wednesday, DeMers was sharp on the mound and a big part of the Falcons’ offense, going 1 for 1 with a run, RBI and stolen base. The Washington commit was even better on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out six. He gave up three hits and a walk, throwing 104 pitches.

College Park coach Andy Tarpley told Baseball America that DeMers, who threw a perfect game against Monte Vista two weeks ago, can be even better.

“His stuff was, I’ve seen it better, but it was still good enough to win,” Tarpley told Baseball America. “He knows how to compete.”

MLB.com called DeMers one of the day’s top standouts.

Against Loyalsock earlier today, Brown struck out six in his strong outing. After allowing a run in the top of the first, he settled down and his teammates provided the run support. Willie MacIver’s sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the first, and Nick Oar hit a two-run homer in the third. Brown also helped himself with an RBI triple in the second.



James Logan freshman has remarkable NCS wrestling debut

Not only did James Logan’s Aaron Perez win an NCS championship as a freshman, he pulled off the rare feat of winning all five of his matches by pin to take the 106-pound title. Perez comes from a wrestling family, as his father, Jacob, was the first Logan wrestler to place at the state meet. His brother, Eric, also wrestled at Logan. Making it extra special was this year’s NCS tournament, which took place Feb. 27-28, being back at James Logan for the first time in almost two decades.

Thanks to Emily Santos for this contributed photo of Perez at the podium, holding the placard of the 106-pound bracket, surrounded by other 106-pound NCS medalists



Story links from a busy night in the East Bay…

There was a lot going on tonight — league tournament championship games, final regular season basketball games, wrestling league championships. Here are links to some of the events we covered Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Saint Mary’s beat Salesian 62-59 for TCAL-Rock Division tournament championship in a game that was tight the entire way. MaAne’ Mosley scored the final four points of the game to help the Panthers beat Salesian for the first time in three tries this season. Mosley had a game-high 23 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL: El Cerrito finished strong in a 78-56 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the TCAL-Rock Division title game. Carlos Johnson and Sayeed Pridgett had 17 points each for the Gauchos, who didn’t lose once in the challenging TCAL. The Gauchos petitioned up to the NCS Division II bracket this year and will be tough to beat in that bracket.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pittsburg avenged an earlier loss to Deer Valley and, in doing so, captured its first Bay Valley Athletic League title since 2002. The Pirates won 67-60 behind Adorah Bugg’s 30 points.

WRESTLING: Liberty won another BVAL title, winning four individual championship matches. The Lions sent nine wrestlers to the finals. The only upset of the finals came when Deer Valley’s Savonn Sanders pinned Liberty’s Niko Zannarini — a returning NCS medalist and league champion — with two seconds left in the second round of the 128-pound title bout.

FOOTBALL: In case you missed it last night, College Park has hired Joe Tenorio as its new head coach. Tenorio was highly successful at Encinal. The job opened up when Bill Kepler resigned in December after 26 years as head coach.