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Bellarmine College Prep's Corby Punian holds up a game ball after throwing a no-hitter to beat St. Francis 2-0 in a CCS Open Division quarterfinal Saturday night at Washington Park in Santa Clara.

On a wild day of playoff baseball around the Central Coast Section, the best was saved for last.

Bellarmine College Prep's Corby Punian threw a no-hitter Saturday night at Washington Park to stun reigning section champ St. Francis 2-0 in a CCS Open Division quarterfinal.

Punian retired the final eight batters, sending the Bells into a semifinal Wednesday against Archbishop Mitty with a game-ending strikeout.

"I was so excited," Punian said of the dramatic finish. "This was really big, a no-hitter against St. Francis, one of the best offenses I think in the nation. They're just a really great team. It was a great win."

Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Bindi and Scotty Jarvis to open the game gave Punian the only run he needed. Bellarmine added a run in the third and got some big defensive plays to keep Punian's no-hitter alive.

"They are such a good team that I couldn't imagine a no-hitter," Bellarmine coach Mike Rodriguez said. "But I knew that it was going to be a low-scoring game because both pitchers are outstanding."

Bellarmine's next opponent wrote its own dramatic script.

With the score tied against an opponent that had ousted his team from the playoffs the previous two seasons, Mitty's Luke Rasmussen got the pitch he could hit. The West Catholic Athletic League player of the year did not miss.

The senior sent the ball soaring over the left-field fence at Washington Park, propelling the Monarchs to a 4-3 victory over second-seeded San Benito.

"I got ahead 2-0," Rasmussen said, noting his first-base coach told him not to be too anxious. "I was looking for a fastball up and in, and he just gave it to me. I just turned on it."

Rasmussen's blast in the top of the seventh was among many highlights around the CCS.

At Fremont High in Sunnyvale, Leland dodged one threat after another before pulling away from top-seeded Leigh 7-0 in an Open quarterfinal, and Wilcox, the top seed in Division I, rallied late to edge Homestead 2-1.

Sequoia, Westmont and Menlo-Atherton also won Division I quarterfinals.

In Division II, Menlo extended outgoing coach Craig Schoof's stay at the school for at least one more game, beating Santa Cruz 4-0. The Knights will next play Branham, which stunned top-seeded Pacific Grove 3-1.

Leland 7, Leigh 0: Jake Dermer and Josh Nashed combined for the shutout, and Brendt Citta drove in the first two runs in a game that was much closer than the final score.

Leigh put 15 runners on base, including the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth. Leland put away the game with five runs in the seventh.

"We got a couple of big defensive plays," said Leland coach Mike Sparrer, whose team will play Valley Christian on Wednesday. "Two double plays and a couple of force plays to end innings. Citta got a couple of big hits for us, and we were able to keep their bats under control."

Valley Christian 3. Scotts Valley 0: Chris Manderson and Ben Hughes allowed just three hits while pitching Valley Christian into the semifinals.

Division I

Wilcox 2, Homestead 1: On a day when pitchers Andrew Najeeb-Brush from Wilcox and Homestead's Drew Strotman made it tough on the hitters, Wilcox tied the score on a double by Eric Mendonca in the sixth and advanced when Jacob Martinez singled with the bases loaded. "Drew's a really good pitcher, a good friend," Najeeb-Brush said. "I knew it was going to be a hard game."

Westmont 9, Los Altos 0: Willie McMullen pitched a two-hitter, and Dan Speciale had three RBIs to lead Westmont.

Division II

Branham 3, Pacific Grove 1: Michael Walls knocked in a run, and Arman Sabouri picked up his seventh win to lead Branham to the upset at Monterey Peninsula College.

Menlo 4, Santa Cruz 0: Davis Rich threw a five-hitter to lead Menlo to the CCS semifinals for the fifth straight year. He worked out of bases-loaded situations in the fourth and fifth innings.