Mitty heats up at Boras Classic
Archbishop Mitty arrived at the Boras Classic’s Northern California tournament this week in Sacramento having lost two in a row and four of its previous six, a slide that dropped the Monarchs from contention in the West Catholic Athletic League standings.
But Mitty has gotten well in Sacramento.
The Monarchs will play for the Boras championship tonight after a six-run fourth inning Wednesday lifted the San Jose school to an 11-4 victory over Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa in the semifinals.
The result followed two wins by Mitty on Tuesday – 10-5 over Liberty-Bakersfield and 7-5 over St. Mary’s-Stockton – and moved the Monarchs into the final against Woodcreek-Roseville.
In Mitty’s semifinal victory, Matteo Blandino tripled, doubled and drove in three runs and Jarren Advincula doubled and had three RBIs as the Monarchs improved to 14-5.
Cardinal Newman, which beat Sacred Heart Cathedral and Mountain View in its first two games Monday, led 2-0 after two innings against Mitty. The Monarchs, ranked ninth in the latest Bay Area News Group Top 20, tied the score in the third and broke open the game in the fourth.
Woodcreek reached the final by beating Clayton Valley Charter 7-6 and San Ramon Valley 6-2 on Monday and Franklin-Elk Grove 6-0 on Wednesday.
Elsewhere at Boras Classic
Sixth-ranked Clayton Valley overcame an early two-run deficit to beat Granite Bay 8-2 in a consolation game. Ryder Helfrick had four hits, including three triples, and knocked in four runs and Jacob Krieg had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Ugly Eagles (11-4). … Nick Putnam homered, Jordan Lewis tripled and Donny Crook doubled twice to lead No. 10 San Ramon Valley to a 10-4 victory over Stockdale-Bakersfield in the consolation bracket. SRV (12-5) improved to 2-1 in the tournament. … Third-ranked Palo Alto fell six runs behind after two innings and lost to Clovis West 11-4 in a consolation-round game. The Vikings cut the deficit to 7-4 in the fifth but couldn’t get closer. Rowan Felsch hit a home run for Palo Alto (16-3), which had won 13 in a row before losing two of its first three in the Boras tournament. … No. 14 Sacred Heart Cathedral lost a consolation-round heartbreaker, falling to Liberty-Bakersfield 8-7 in 11 innings. SHC (11-7-1) scored two in the top of the 11th but Liberty answered with three in the bottom half of the inning. Colin Spear finished with three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs for SHC. … College Park gave up six runs in the first two innings and lost to Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 6-2 in the consolation bracket. Peter de Wit had two hits and Charlie Malton drove in two runs for College Park (7-8). … Mountain View cut its deficit to one in the fifth inning against St. Mary’s-Stockton but lost 9-3 after giving up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth. Tyler Yocum had a double for Mountain View (10-9).
No. 1 St. Francis 10, Lincoln-Stockton 0
Elevated to No. 1 in the Bay Area News Group Top 20 earlier in the day, St. Francis had no letdown, routing Lincoln-Stockton at River Island Ballpark in Lathrop.
Ryan Lee went 4 for 4 with three doubles and three RBIs and Elias Duncan homered, doubled and knocked in three runs to lead the Lancers, who improved to 16-2 while stretching their winning streak to 11.
Duncan has homered in back-to-back games, giving him four on the season.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) tournament
No. 2 De La Salle and No. 12 Bishop O’Dowd fell short of winning their brackets and advancing to the final of Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas’ All Faith Classic. De La Salle lost to Christian Brothers-St. Louis 6-5 and O’Dowd fell to the host school 9-6.
Anthony Martinez homered for De La Salle, which watched a 3-0 lead evaporate when Christian Brothers scored five in the sixth.
O’Dowd never recovered after Gorman opened a 5-0 advantage in the second, though the Dragons kept trying. They scored three in the third to cut the deficit to 5-3, two in the fifth to pull within 7-5 and one in the sixth to make it 8-6. AJ Carter and Jacob Anteneh each homered for O’Dowd (13-5).
De La Salle will play Juan Diego Catholic of Draper, Utah, and O’Dowd will face Faith Lutheran-Las Vegas in tournament finales today.
No. 5 Valley Christian 4, No. 13 Wilcox 1
Alec Belardes struck out 10 and allowed one unearned run over seven innings as Valley Christian, playing at home in San Jose, defeated Wilcox in a non-league matchup.
Tatum Marsh had two hits, including a double, and an RBI and Easton Kreshel doubled with two RBIs for Valley (13-4-1).
Mitch Gonzalez had two hits and an RBI for Wilcox (13-6).
No. 2 St. Francis 18, Sacred Heart Cathedral 0
Jessica Oakland went 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBIs, Brooke Deppiesse had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs and Kate Munnerlyn pitched a five-inning one-hitter to lead the Lancers to a rout of Sacred Heart Cathedral in WCAL play.
St. Francis is 15-2, 2-0. SHC fell to 7-6, 1-3.
No. 16 Santa Teresa 5, No. 10 Branham 1
Kokoro Sagae homered, singled and knocked in three runs and Samantha Vidal went 3 for 4 with a home run to lead Santa Teresa to a victory at home over Branham in a Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division game.
Santa Teresa improved to 11-4, 4-1. Branham is 13-5, 2-3.
Moreau finds its coach
Keith Minor, who announced last week on Facebook that he had stepped down after a successful half-decade at Encinal, made another announcement on the social media platform Wednesday night: He is the new coach at Moreau Catholic.
Minor takes over from Rob Gatrell, whose program was 20-5 in two seasons before the pandemic and 1-13 last spring and fall.
Encinal went 39-13 in five seasons under Minor, winning three league championships. The Jets went 9-2 overall and 6-0 in their league last fall.
Before arriving at Encinal, Minor had a successful seven-year run as the head coach at St. Mary’s-Berkeley.
Liberty finds its coach, too
Mike Cable, who spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Prospect, has been named the new football coach at Liberty.
He takes over the Brentwood school’s program from Matt Hoefs, who went 4-1 last spring and 5-5 in the fall after replacing Ryan Partridge.
Liberty became a Bay Area power in three seasons under Partridge, winning a North Coast Section Division I championship in 2017 and a state title in 2018. He left to become a college coach.
Cable’s teams at Prospect played hard despite numerous injuries. The Panthers went 5-0 last spring, a mark that elevated the program from the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s “C” division to its “B” division.
Prospect went 2-8 against stronger competition in the fall but avenged 32 points per game. Take away one game that the team forfeited, Prospect averaged 35 points per game.
“It is a great honor to have this opportunity to join the Brentwood community and work with a program rich with tradition, pride, and respect,” Cable said in a text to the Bay Area News Group on Thursday morning.
Salesian girls coach honored
Salesian’s Stephen Pezzola was named state girls basketball coach of the year by Cal-Hi Sports on Wednesday after leading the Pride to the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state championship last month. He is the first Bay Area girls basketball coach to win the Cal-Hi Sports honor since Pinewood’s Doc Scheppler received the recognition in 2014.
Movin’ on up
Mitty athletes sign
Archbishop Mitty announced that five of its athletes took part in the school’s spring college signing ceremony on Wednesday – Luna Balbuena (San Jose State swimming), Karla Julian Austria (Indiana Tech cross country and track & field), Nicholas O’Brien (Washington soccer), Anthony Sebastian (Air Force swimming) and Ariana Yeh (Pepperdine swimming).