Katilyn Covione's two-run home run got her out of a slump and got Clayton Valley Charter High out of a bit of a funk, as the Eagles rolled to a 7-2 victory over Concord on Thursday in a showdown for the Diablo Valley Athletic League softball title.
With the victory, the Eagles (19-3, 9-1 DVAL) earned the league's automatic berth to the North Coast Section Division II playoffs, which will be seeded Sunday.
Defending Division II champion Concord (18-4, 9-1) will apply for an at-large berth. The Eagles and Minutemen share the league title.
Concord, which beat Clayton Valley 4-3 on Tuesday, appeared to be in control with a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. But after Ashley Daniels lined a one-out single to center, Covione, batting right-handed, followed with a high fly to right field that kept carrying for a two-run home run and a 3-2 lead. Covione also hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Concord's defense kept the game close. Catcher Courtney Davis picked off Bella Faleafine after a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning, and left fielder Julie Arteaga threw out pinch-runner Kathy Mason trying to score on Covione's sixth-inning single.
Deer Valley 11, Freedom 3: The host Wolverines scored six runs in the first three innings to help beat the Falcons. With its win and Liberty's 12-2 loss to Heritage, Deer Valley shared in the Bay Valley Athletic League title as the Wolverines, Liberty and Heritage all finished 7-3.
Jamal Chtaini and Marcus Wise each had three hits for the Wolverines (16-8), who also earned the league's automatic berth to the NCS playoffs because they beat both Heritage and Liberty in the second half of the league season. Joe Starick went 3 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI for Freedom (16-8, 6-4).
Heritage 12, Liberty 2: Catcher Steven Ochoa had two key hits, helping the host Patriots (16-8) surge into a three-way tie for first place in the BVAL. The Lions (16-8) still earned their first-ever BVAL baseball championship, according to Lions coach Seth Wheelock.
Ochoa was 2 for 2 with a triple, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Heritage freshman Kevin Milam, the winning pitcher, was 2 for 3 with three runs, and senior Nick Perez was 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.
-- Matt Schwab
Alameda 4, Bishop O'Dowd 3: Erik Van Winkle was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and Matt Esparza entered in relief to get out of a jam as the Hornets (17-9) won the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division playoff title at San Leandro Ball Park.
Van Winkle was hit by a Michael Perri fastball to force in Drew Huie. The Dragons (17-9) tried to rally in the bottom of the 11th as Dom Miroglio singled with two outs, but Esparza came back to strike out Nick Adgar.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent