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Prep roundup: Granada softball hammers homers, De La Salle bats quiet for first time in weeks and more

Prep roundup: Granada softball hammers homers, De La Salle bats quiet for first time in weeks and more

Softball

Granada 7, No. 15 College Park 6

Delaney Aumua’s two-out home run over the center field wall gave Granada the lead in the top of the seventh inning, a lead Granada would not relinquish after pitcher Ella VonBergen closed out the game with a pop up, lineout and groundout. 

Aumua wasn’t the only Matador that showed off some serious power. Saskia Raab, Alecsis Phillips and Hannah Temple also hit home runs for Granada, which improved to 7-9 on the season. 

Avery Rodriguez had three hits and two RBIs for College Park, which dropped to 8-5. 

Granada has played better as of late after a wretched start to the season. It has won 5 of its last 7, with the two losses coming in extra-innings and by one run respectively. 

No. 7 Willow Glen 5, No. 8 Hillsdale 4

Two of the hottest teams in the Bay Area met up on Saturday, with Willow Glen winners of eight in a row and Hillsdale victors in 10 of its previous 11. 

In a five-inning game, Willow Glen scored five in the first two innings and then held on at the end, staving off a comeback as Hillsdale put up four in the top of the fifth. Willow Glen’s superb pitcher Alanna Clincy struck out 11 while also going 2 for 3 with two RBI at the plate.

Claire Shelton was 2 for 3 with three RBIs while Hillsdale ended the day 18-2. Willow Glen finished Saturday 14-4. Both teams won their other game, Willow Glen beat Notre Dame Salinas 5-1 and Hillsdale taking down Santa Teresa 7-4. 

Granada 8, No. 11 Liberty 3

Granada inched closer to .500 after taking down ranked Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Deplitch was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, and Madison Hom, Lauren Melton, Delaney Aumua and Alecsis Phillips each had an RBI. 

Kamryn Brannon and Ella VonBergen combined for five strikeouts for Granada, which improved to 8-9 in the non-league game. Jewel Cooper was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs for Liberty, which dropped to 12-3. 

No. 10 Benicia 4, No. 5 California 3

Benicia went seven innings between runs scored, but that didn’t matter to the Panthers, who put up three in the first inning and then scored the deciding run on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the top of the ninth inning. 

Aryanna Banks-Lockhart pushed the winning run home when she was plunked by a pitch, her second RBI of the game. Ava Rojas and Kyra Mason had three hits each for Benicia, and Ava Pannell had an RBI. 

California’s Amanda Dilsaver was 1 for 3 with an RBIs, and Reese Stiner was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Grizzlies dropped to 9-7.Benicia also defeated Amador Valley 4-0 to improve to 13-1. 

Westmont 8, Menlo-Atherton 5

Westmont got a rare victory in what has been an otherwise dismal year following the program’s trip to the Central Coast Section Division I title game last season. 

The Warriors improved to 3-18 in the five-inning game. Eleanor Rodhouse hit a home run, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and teammate Lily Ortiz hit two doubles and had three RBIs too. Westmont junior Maddie Crowley had three hits. Menlo-Atherton fell to 6-8 after the nonleague loss. 

Baseball

De La Salle’s Jamie Mullin (20 leans back from a tight pitch during their game against San Ramon Valley at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif., on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

Jesuit-Carmichael 5, No. 5 De La Salle 2

Things started well for De La Salle’s torrid offense.

The bats picked up where they left off over the past week or so, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Ethan Sullivan and Hank Tripaldi both had RBIs. 

But for the first time since March 28 against St. Francis, Jesuit figured out the DLS hitters and held the Spartans to single digit runs. It was De La Salle’s first loss since Dougherty Valley upset the Concord powerhouse 6-5 on March 27. 

De La Salle had scored 101 runs in those six straight victories.

Jesuit’s Eric Jensen and Max Wiesner had three and two RBIs respectively, and pitcher Garrett Valdez went five innings and did not give up another run after the first inning while also not striking out a single batter. 

De La Salle fell to 12-4. 

No. 13 Burlingame 5, Palo Alto 4

Burlingame senior Dylan Kall walked off the Panthers with a single in the bottom of the 10th inning, with help from some iffy Palo Alto fielding, Will Robbins got from first to home amid the mayhem. 

Burlingame fought back from a 4-0 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth, with both Eric Gee and Kall having two hits, and left fielder Dylan Philibosian also having an RBI. Gee drove in teammate Rodrigo Beltranena to tie the game in the seventh inning. 

Jonathan Nguyen and KangHee Cho had RBIs for Palo Alto, which dropped to 10-11. Burlingame improved to 12-5.