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NCS baseball: Washington-Fremont stuns Northgate

WALNUT CREEK – If Washington High goes on to capture the North Coast Section Division II baseball title, it will be Wednesday’s first-round game that the Huskies will most likely remember.
Twelfth-seeded Washington earned an improbable 2-1, 10-inning win over the No. 5 Broncos when Jared Ngo drove home Trevor Tosh with a double to deep left at Northgate’s Ted Abbott Field. Three innings of shutout relief by Samuel Hoeven proved to be just as important.
Next up for the Huskies is a Saturday meeting at No. 4 seed Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo on Saturday at 1 p.m. Drake advanced by beating Arroyo 1-0.
“I said this win today went to Johnny Whole-Staff, all 21 guys,” Washington coach Michael Sewell said. “We kept plugging away and stayed positive the entire time.”
For Northgate, which finished the season 18-6, this was a game coach Tom Jochner and his staff will play back many times while trying to figure out how they didn’t win.
The Broncos outhit Washington 10-6. Northgate drew six walks compared to one for the Huskies. Washington made four errors compared to none for Northgate.
But the number that really mattered for Northgate was 16. That was how many runners Northgate left on base. Twice the Broncos left the bases loaded – in the second and the fifth.
Washington finally pulled it out in the 10th while racing to beat a setting sun.
The rally began with one out when Tosh struck out but reached first when the third strike bounced in the dirt for a wild pitch. Tosh than stole second on another hard-to-handle pitch. He came home on the long double by Ngo, a junior outfielder who came in with only two hits in nine at-bats all season. The RBI was his first.
“It was a curveball kinda inside,” Ngo said.
Hoeven, the winning pitcher, didn’t have it easy in the bottom of the 10th. He issued a one-out walk to Danny Shaffer, then got Luke Saunders on a called third strike. But Shaffer stole second with Saunders at the plate, bringing up leadoff hitter Kevin Clancy, who entered the game with a .426 batting average.
Sewell ordered an intentional walk.
“I thought I could take the guy,” Hoeven said. “I never like more guys on base then there need to be.”
But Sewell preferred taking his chances with backup shortstop Eric Prough than starter Jonathan Gazdar, who had to leave the game with an injury. Prough grounded out to end the game.
“Smart baseball,” Sewell said of the intentional walk to Clancy. “There were two out and it set up force outs at third and second.”
As it turned out, the final out wasn’t quite that easy. Prough hit a slow roller to the right side of the infield, and first baseman Robbie Muniz had to make a nice flip to Hoeven on what was a very close play.
Kind of how the whole day went for Washington, living on the edge but escaping every time.
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NOTES: Washington scored its first run in the first on singles by Steve Murata and Jake Serpa, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Hoeven, who should have had a double but was robbed on a spectacular catch by Clancy in right. It was the only time the Huskies had more than one hit in an inning. They left six runners stranded. … Northgate scored its only run in the fifth on a single by Saunders and two Washington errors. … Sewell gave a big assist to reliever Kyle Bratset, the third of four pitchers used by the Huskies. Bratset, who worked 2 2/3 innings, was making his first appearance in about a month after being sidelined with an ankle injury.

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