The De La Salle High baseball team used an early hit parade to capture its eighth North Coast Section championship Saturday with a 6-2 win over San Ramon Valley in the Division I title game before an above-capacity crowd at Saint Mary's College.
Junior left-hander Justin Hooper, a year after taking the loss in the NCS finals against Amador Valley, threw 51/3 one-hit innings and made sure the Spartans' early offense held up.
The UCLA commit, who consistently hit 93-94 mph with his fastball, already has his sights set on next year's title game for a Spartans program that has reached the finals the past four years.
"I know we're going to be back here next year," Hooper said. "We just proved that we can get here four years in a row. It's the biggest thing for me confidence-wise because hopefully I'll get the rock again next year."
No. 2 seed De La Salle (21-7) took an aggressive approach early. John Velasco ripped the game's first pitch from Connor Loar for a triple, and Austin Dondanville followed with an RBI single.
"Our approach was get on the dish and handle the outside pitch, and that's what we did," Dondanville said. "John hit a ball in the gap, and then I got one that was a little bit fat and got the job done."
Two-out hitting proved critical in the second inning as the Spartans took control of the game early. Dondanville delivered a two-out, two-run single, and Michael Mcadoo did the same. Ben Polshuk added an RBI single, and De La Salle was up 6-0.
No. 1 San Ramon Valley (20-8) scratched across an unearned run in the second inning and another in the third when Ryan Weisenberg cranked a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout.
College Park 7, Marin Catholic-Kentfield 2: After fouling off four two-strike pitches, Nick Oar blasted a three-run home run, and Joe DeMers scattered five hits to carry No. 2 seed College Park to the NCS Division II championship at Diablo Valley College.
Oar's homer was the crushing blow in a five-run first inning, which was ample support for DeMers, who struck out eight.
A strikeout-throw out double play ended the top of the first inning and seemed to give the Falcons (27-3) a boost in their first at-bat. Scotty Hroza drew a leadoff walk and scored one out later on DeMers' single. One more run scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded while Oar was at bat, but that was not the end of the damage.
With a 2-2 count, Oar fouled balls off the fence near the left and right field foul poles. But Marin Catholic pitcher Bryan Jakiemiec hung a curve ball on the next pitch, and Oar hit it out for a 5-0 lead.
"I just try to treat every at-bat like it's the middle of the season," Oar said. "I don't remember how many pitches I fouled off. But I'm going to remember that one -- I hit a home run in the NCS championship game."
DeMers -- who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning -- then went to work against the fifth-seeded Wildcats (22-7).
He gave up a run in the third when Paul Kunst doubled and scored on Andrew Celis' single, the first run allowed by College Park since the fourth inning of a first-round win over Cardinal Newman -- a 20-inning stretch.
DeMers quickly settled down and retired the next nine batters before giving up a run in seventh.
"This team was hungry the whole season, and to get that last out was unbelievable," DeMers said. "We set a goal at the beginning of the season, and we fulfilled it today."
-- Steve Dulas, correspondent
Tamalpais-Mill Valley 3, Alhambra 1: The third-seeded Red-Tailed Hawks scored all three of their runs in the first inning and used a stellar pitching effort from Max Gamboa to beat the No. 8 Bulldogs in the NCS Division III title game at Diablo Valley College.
Center fielder Geoffrey Mohn led off with a triple and later scored on a passed ball. Bulldogs starting pitcher Jon Pacha allowed a couple of more base runners before Tamalpais (21-8) added another run courtesy of a Brett Bowyer sacrifice fly.
Pacha loaded the bases with one out. He was replaced by Zach Keever, who walked in Alex Davis but got outfielder Jake Ferm to pop out to end the threat.
Alhambra (17-11) scored in the fourth inning, as Gamboa balked to bring home Leo Costa from third. Otherwise, it was smooth sailing for Gamboa, who allowed five hits and had seven strikeouts.
-- Erik Stordahl, correspondent
Justin-Siena 7, St. Mary's 2: A promising start eventually faded away for the Panthers in the NCS Division IV title game at Saint Mary's College.
Three batters into the game, No. 2 seed St. Mary's (20-11) had the lead on Max Goldstein's RBI double. St. Mary's loaded the bases with one out, but only one additional run scored, on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ultsch.
An inning later, two St. Mary's batters reached to chase Justin-Siena starting pitcher Andrew Keown after just 12/3 innings. But the Braves' Brett Bonfigli entered and quieted the Panthers' bats over 41/3 innings of scoreless relief.
St. Mary's had just two hits over the game's final five innings, and Brendan Natuzzi pitched a scoreless seventh inning for top-seeded Justin Siena (23-7).
St. Mary's fell behind for good in the bottom of the second. A bases-loaded walk -- one of four free passes allowed by the Panthers in the inning -- drove in the first run, and RBI singles by Cole Cavalli and Clay Dunkle gave Justin-Siena the lead. The Braves tacked on three more runs in the fourth.
-- Jimmy Durkin