San Ramon Valley High sophomore Nick Moroney said it felt as if he was in shock rounding the bases.
The Wolves' No. 9 hitter jolted host Amador Valley with a home run to left field off Tyler Staniford in the top of the eighth inning, spurring a three-run rally and a 4-1 win in East Bay Athletic League action Friday.
"It was a good feeling when I hit home plate and the team was there," Moroney said.
The dramatic win, along with California's 7-5 victory over Foothill, has produced a three-way tie atop the EBAL among San Ramon Valley, California and De La Salle, each with 6-2 records. Amador Valley falls to 5-3.
In the eighth, after Moroney's big fly, the Wolves loaded the bases with one out against reliever Alex Zwingle. Nick Poirier and Matt Winaker capped the scoring on an infielder's error.
San Ramon Valley coach Chris deClercq says Moroney isn't your typical bottom-of-the-lineup guy.
"Nick's been heating up lately," deClercq said. "He had a double and a triple on Wednesday, and now the home run, so he's not really a nine hitter, but he does well in that spot for us. For being a sophomore, he's pretty good."
The tight game featured stellar pitching by Staniford, who hung a changeup with two strikes to Moroney after six straight scoreless innings. Wolves' left-handed reliever Conor Neumann limited the Dons to one hit over the final four innings and got the win.
The teams swapped runs in the first inning. Wolves leadoff hitter Ryan Weisenberg tripled and scored on Poirier's single. The Dons evened the score as Bradley Pluschkell singled, advanced to third on AJ Curtis' single and scored on a hit by Jake MacIntosh.
San Ramon Valley starter Conner Loar, like Staniford, settled down after allowing three hits in the first inning. He allowed no hits in the third or the fourth.
The Dons had a chance to win with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Connor Casperson lined out to center field with pinch runner Andrew Crabill at second base.
How tough is the EBAL?
"It doesn't matter who you play, if you don't play well, then you're not going to win," deClercq said. "Every team's well-coached. Every team has good players, and one or two mistakes will cost you a game because the teams are so evenly matched."
Kennedy-Fremont 10, James Logan 3: Chris Tonna pitched two-hit ball over five-plus innings to lift the Titans to their sixth straight win.
Tonna, a sophomore making just his second start of the season, struck out three before leaving with one out in the sixth inning of the Mission Valley Athletic League contest. He allowed a two-out single in the second to Justin Berry and an infield hit to Jonathan Torres in the sixth before Stephen McCalley took over on the mound for Kennedy.
"Chris had an incredible game for us," Kennedy coach Jim Stevenson said. "We have a string of four games in five days and needed to string out our pitching, and we were counting on him to pitch deep into the game, and he did just that."
Mark Wiscombe led the Titans' potent offense, going 2 for 4 with three RBI. As a team, Kennedy pounded out 13 hits against three Colts pitchers.
Kennedy (11-3, 7-1 MVAL) scored two runs in the first on RBI singles by Kyle O'Dell and Tonna. Kennedy then scored four more in the third when Sean Rood's hit scored Beto Arturo before Wiscombe and Vince Wright had back-to-back run-scoring singles with two outs.
Rood, Tonna and Arturo had two hits apiece. Nevada-bound Cal Stevenson reached base twice, scored two runs and stole two bases.
With the win, Kennedy has a one-game lead in the league standings over Washington (6-2 MVAL).
Daniel Ramos and Akexis Sainz both had RBIs for the Colts (4-13, 3-5 MVAL).
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent