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Local baseball teams’ seasons end

The Willow Glen High School baseball team stayed within rallying distance of powerful Serra throughout their Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinal game on Saturday.
But the Rams (22-5) were not able to make up the deficit in a 4-1 loss to the Padres at West Valley College.
“We knew going in against Serra that we probably had to play maybe perfect,” said Willow Glen coach Sam Piraro, whose team won the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division. “We had the tying run at the plate at the end … The guys had a great season. Serra is the champion of their league, which is a great league.”
“We pitched them with a plan … Davis (Miller) did a really good job.”
Piraro said that Miller pitched backwards (utilizing a changeup and breaking ball in addition to the fastball) in his complete-game effort. The senior threw an eight-hitter and four strikeouts, allowing only three earned runs.
All of the scoring in Saturday’s game between the top-seeded Rams and No. 8 Serra (23-8) occurred in two innings.
Serra’s Brad Shimabuku and JJ Ota walked to start the third inning. Nicolas Lopez then flew out to right field, moving Shimabuku to third. Ota stole second on the next pitch, then Ryan Sutter hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
On the next pitch, Jack Damelio hit an RBI single to left field for a 2-0 Padres lead.
Willow Glen cut Serra’s lead in half in the bottom of the third. Antonio Silvas reached base on an error to lead off, moved to third on a one-out double by Joey Costantino, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Sal Munoz.
But Serra got a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning. Ota reached second base on an error to lead off, then scored two pitches later on a double by Lopez. Noah Marcelo drove in the final run of the game with an RBI single that inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Willow Glen’s Charles Falcone reached base on an infield single, then Costantino walked with two outs. But Scott induced a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Pioneer received a dominating three-hit shutout from Mason Mooney in the Mustangs’ 5-0 victory over No. 10 Monterey in the first round of the Division II playoffs on Wednesday. Mooney, a senior, struck out nine batters and walked only one in the home game.
Ian Torpey was 2 for 3, including a double, with a run scored and an RBI. Travis Varni was also 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, and Ryan Cory produced two hits for the Mustangs. Jonathon Teschner, Ryeland Drake and Ryan Wallace also drove in runs in the win.
But Pioneer’s season came to an end with a 13-3 loss to No. 2 St. Francis on Saturday. The Mustangs, the No. 7 seed, finished the season with a 19-10 record.
Leland, the No. 4 seed in Division I, also produced a first-round victory. The host Chargers defeated No. 13 Cupertino 4-1 on Wednesday.
Michael Garcia allowed one run and seven hits, and struck out three batters in 5 1/3 innings for the win. Justin Kuhns finished up with 1  2/3 innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts for the save. Trevor Jonannes slammed a solo home run and was 2 for 3 overall for Leland. Teammate Lucas Mirizzi was 2 for 4, including a double, with a run scored. Carson Yates and Albert Hsiao also drove in runs in the win.
But in the quarterfinals on Saturday, No. 5 Carlmont scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Leland 7-6 at Half Moon Bay High School.
Yates ripped a triple, drove in a run and scored two runs in the game. Kuhns was 2 for 4, including a double, with three RBI. Anthony Sortino was 2 for 4 with a double for Leland, and Johannes and Hsiao drove in runs. Leland finished its season with a 15-11-1 record.
Lincoln, the 16th seed in Division I, fell 4-0 to No. 1 Bellarmine in a Division I first-round game on Wednesday. Lincoln finished its season with a 19-9 record.
Leigh, the No. 9 seed in Division II, was edged 3-2 by No. 8 Saratoga in a first-round game on Wednesday. The Longhorns (15-13) received two hits from Nathan Schwartz, and Nicolas Robinson and Ren Lowe drove in runs for Leigh. Tyler Mead allowed only two earned runs in a complete game with six hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Willow Glen’s Zachary Dietz and Leland’s Hannah Womer both achieved fifth-place finishes at the CIF state swimming and diving championship finals on Saturday in Fresno.
Dietz, a junior, produced a time of 49.44 seconds in the boys 100-yard backstroke. Womer, a senior, clocked a time of 2:01.87 in the girls 200 individual medley.
Branham (10-10), the No. 12 seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, was edged 9-8 in eight innings by No. 5 Salinas in a first-round game on Wednesday.
The Bruins produced 16 hits. Ashley Donaldson smashed a solo home run and also scored another run. Zylee Augenstein was 4 for 4, including a triple, with one run scored and one RBI. Sydney Loeffler was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Melissa Garcia was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Irene Wong Madison Ribeiro and Ashley Harris also had two hits, as the Bruins nearly pulled off the upset of host Salinas.
Track and Field
A number of local athletes qualified for the CCS finals with impressive performances at the CCS semifinals on Saturday at Gilroy.
The CCS finals will be held this Friday at Gilroy. Field events start at 4 p.m. and track events begin at 6 p.m.
Among the top highlights was Branham’s Adam Saleh, who had the top time Saturday in both the boys 200 (21.85 seconds) and 400 (49.67).
Leigh’s Hawa Kamara had the top time in the girls 400 meters (55.80). She also had the third-fastest time in the 200 (25.21) and the second-best mark in the triple jump (39-6 1/2).
Leland’s Chae Eun Kim had the second-fastest time in both the girls 100 intermediate hurdles (15.10) and 300 low hurdles (45.55).
Branham’s Eseta Finau, Marisol Corton, Lindsay Gigliello and Phoebe Roach all cleared 10-feet in the girls pole vault to qualify for the final.
Leigh’s Nathan Yoder had the second-best mark in the boys triple jump (44-5 1/2) and third-best mark in the long jump (22-2 1/2). Teammate Tevita Pahulu had the fourth-best mark in the boys shot put (50-6).
Willow Glen’s Toaiva Losefa and Atalina Pritchard had the fifth and sixth-best marks in the girls shot put (37-10 and 37-5 respectively).

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