Fremont Christian celebrates league crown
Longtime high school baseball coach Chris Gomez said he still couldn’t believe his Fremont Christian team captured a league championship, even as he enjoyed a postgame dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
Elevated to a stronger league this spring, Fremont Christian wasn’t expected to rise to the top, Gomez said. But the Warriors found a way on their home field to beat an undefeated Redwood Christian pitcher Monday to clinch the title with one league game to play.
Fremont Christian won 2-1.
“I just don’t know how we did it,” Gomez said. “I was sitting at the restaurant, saying I don’t know. The guy was so good pitching against us. He was 8-0. I just don’t know how we did it.”
They did it behind seniors Daniel Lopez, Emilio Martin and Jadon Campgana — each of whom started as freshmen on Fremont Christian’s North Coast Section Division V championship team in 2019 — and junior pitcher Troy Frazier.
With the game scoreless in the fifth, Martin doubled and Campagna was intentionally walked. After a strikeout, Lopez followed with a double to drive in Martin and Campagna.
That was all the offense Frazier needed. He allowed seven hits and walked five but only a seventh-inning run. Frazier struck out 10 as he won his 10th game.
“He’s having a fantastic year on the mound,” Gomez said.
Fremont Christian managed just the two hits against Craig Yanagihara, whom Gomez said pitched a one-hitter against his team last season.
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The league championship was Fremont Christian’s 12th in a row going back to 2009 — there were no league titles the past two years because of the pandemic — but this was the team’s first in the Bay Counties League East.
Fremont Christian is 18-2 overall and 12-1 in the league.
Redwood Christian and St. Joseph Notre Dame each have three league losses.
Asked what he told his team postgame, Gomez said, “I just told them how proud I am. I am just so proud of them for being such a small school (about 160 enrollment), the smallest enrollment in the entire league. We were mandatorily bumped from the BCL to the BCL East and definitely projected to be towards the bottom.”
Gomez is in his seventh season at Fremont Christian and 22nd as a varsity coach.
“This is the most impressive championship I’ve ever won,” he said.
No. 16 Carlmont 1, Sequoia 0
Colton Fisher scattered eight hits and two walks to pitch a shutout as Carlmont clinched at least a tie for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title with a win at home over Sequoia.
Jack Vanoncini knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Carlmont improved to 19-6-1, 11-2.
The Scots have one league game to go, Wednesday at Sequoia.
Burlingame, which has three league losses, has two league games left, Wednesday and Friday against Menlo-Atherton.
No. 20 Mountain View 10, Cupertino 6
Tyler Yocum had a hit and drove in three runs and Aaron Beer had a hit and knocked in two to lead Mountain View to a victory at home over Cupertino in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game.
Mountain View (17-10, 8-6) opens the league playoffs today at home against Santa Clara.
Cupertino fell to 9-14, 1-13.
Vintage 3, No. 6 Benicia 0
In a non-league game at home, Benicia’s modest winning streak ended as Raimy Gamsby pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts and Shelby Morse had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs to lead Vintage.
Benicia, which had won four in a row, dropped to 16-6. Vintage is 16-3.
John Trotman has been named the football coach at St. Mary’s-Berkeley, athletic director Omar Sanchez said. Trotman takes over from former Cal star Jahvid Best, who led the program for one season and is now the running backs coach at Bishop O’Dowd.
Trotman most recently coached at Piedmont, stepping down on the eve of the 2019 season after accepting a “big promotion with the City and County of San Francisco,” he told the Bay Area News Group at the time. Trotman also has been a head coach at San Lorenzo and Albany.
Track and field
At the West Catholic Athletic League finals last week at St. Francis, Serra’s 4×400 relay team of Cameron Quintero, Parker Harrison, Peter Olson and Sione Laulea finished first in 3:24.42. The time ranks second in the Central Coast Section this season, behind Los Gatos’ 3:23.97, which the Wildcats set last month. The teams will likely see one another at the CCS championships this month.