WCAL: Saint Francis is in full command
The West Catholic Athletic League resumes Tuesday after a two-week hiatus. In that time, Archbishop Mitty has been heating up, with four of his five straight wins at one of the top tournaments in the region, the Boras Classic.
Valley Christian also sizzled. The Warriors, who are seeking a fifth straight championship in the top flight of the Central Coast Section next month, have won six in a row.
Bellarmine has won six out of seven and ranks second in the WCAL standings with Valley Christian.
But no team is or has been as hot as St. Francis.
Barring a collapse, the Mountain View school will win the league’s round-robin championship, perhaps as early as this week.
The Bay Area News Group’s top team has 15 straight wins, including a 4-0 shutout against third-place Palo Alto on Saturday, and is 9-0 in the WCAL.
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Valley and Bellarmine are 6-2-1.
Here is St. Francis’ remaining schedule:
Tuesday against Bellarmin
Friday against Archbishop Riordan
Saturday in the valley Christian
May 3 in St. Ignatius
May 5 against Mitty
If the chips fall their way, the Lancers could take the title on Friday. More likely they have a chance to win it on Saturday.
It will be the first piece of a league championship for St. Francis since the school won the league tournament in 2017. Valley won the round robin title that season.
The league tournament this season will take place from May 10th to 12th.
EBAL: De La Salle is now leading the field
De La Salle made a notable move toward first place in the East Bay Athletic League round-robin game, beating Foothill 4-0 away on Saturday.
The Spartans have sole possession of the league lead, one game ahead of Foothill and San Ramon Valley with four games remaining. California, which has five games left, is a game and a half behind DLS.
Here’s what’s left for second-second Spartans:
Wednesday in Dougherty Valley
Friday against Monte Vista
May 4 against San Ramon Valley
May 6th in California
It is clear that this league race will enter the last week if not the last day.
And once it’s over, the league tournament begins the week of May 9th.
Other notable league races
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division: Palo Alto (9-1), Wilcox (7-3), Los Gatos (6-4). Each team plays 14 games before the league playoffs.
Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division: Acalanes (5-1), Clayton Valley Charter (6-2), College Park (5-3). Each team plays 12 games.
Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt Hamilton: Branham (7-1), Santa Teresa (6-2), Live Oak (6-2). Each team plays 14 games.
West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division: Berkeley (6-0), Bishop O’Dowd (6-0), Arroyo (5-2). Each team plays 10 games before the league playoffs. Berkeley and O’Dowd are playing a two-game series at O’Dowd beginning Wednesday.
Highlights on Saturday
— Blake Rogers allowed one hit and struck out eight over six innings and Elias Duncan doubled, tripled and drove in three carries as St. Francis, playing at home, beat Palo Alto 4-0 in an off-league showdown.
— Cal Randal and Sam Sitzman combined for the shutout and Cade Cushing had two hits and two RBIs to lead De La Salle 4-0 over Foothill in the EBAL game.
– Michael Castaneda hit a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and Mitchell Birdsall and PJ Mountzouridis had two RBIs each to lead Valley Christian to a 5-0 non-league home win over Carlmont.
— Andy Higgins, who put up four innings, and three others combined a one-hitter and Caden Sta Maria had two hits and batted in three runs as Bellarmine rolled to an 8-0 non-league win on the road over Burlingame .
EBAL: Granada, Livermore in a close race
The scheduler might have gotten it right. There are five games left in the EBAL regular season. Granada lead Livermore by one game in standings. The crosstown rivals complete the round-robin schedule against each other on May 5 in Livermore.
Granada is the Bay Area News Group’s top-ranked team. The Matadors have won six straight games since losing to Benicia in pool at the Livermore Stampede. Granada came back to win this prestigious tournament, which featured the four teams just behind the Matadors in the recent BANG Top 20: No. 2 St. Francis, No. 3 Mitty, No. 4 Livermore and No. 5Heritage.
Here is Granada’s remaining schedule:
Tuesday at Foothill
Friday against Dublin
May 3rd in the Amador Valley
Then the Livermore Finals, followed by the league playoffs the week of May 9th.
Other notable league races
WCAL: St Francis (4-0), Valley Christian (2-1), Mitty (1-1). Each team plays 10 games.
DAL Foothills: Clayton Valley (6-1), College Park (6-1), Benicia (5-1). Each team plays 12 games.
WACC Foothill: Berkeley (5-1), Castro Valley (4-1), Alameda (3-2). Each team plays 10 games before the league playoffs.
BVAL Mt Hamilton: Santa Teresa (7-1), Branham (5-3), Silver Creek (5-3), Westmont (4-3). Each team plays 14 games.
SCVAL De Anza: Los Gatos (7-0), Milpitas (6-1). Each team plays 12 games.