For the first time in 32 years, Westmont will play for a Central Coast Section baseball championship.

The Warriors rode Hans Hesse's pitching arm and just enough runs Thursday to advance to the Division I title game with a 2-0 victory over Sequoia.

Westmont will return to Municipal Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. to play Wilcox, which edged Menlo-Atherton 2-1 in the second semifinal.

"I've got to tip my cap to that kid," Westmont coach Tony Pianto said of Hesse. "I love him to death. He's got all the heart and is the leader of this team. He has been money for us all year, and he just loves to play. He loves to be out there."

One year after watching its season end one victory from the championship game, Westmont gave Hesse all the offense he needed when two singles and Mike Morbo's sacrifice fly in the first inning made it 1-0.

"I knew that was enough," said Hesse, who allowed three hits and walked none. "I had everything working. My changeup was probably my best weapon, and first-pitch strikes were a huge part. I have 100 percent faith in my defense."

Morbo's single and Mitch Sancier's double that rolled to the wall in left-center extended Westmont's lead to 2-0 in the fourth.

Wilcox 2, Menlo-Atherton 1: After M-A pulled even 1-1 in the top of the sixth, Wilcox scored the winning run in its half of the inning when pitcher Erik Amundson was called for a balk.

Amundson had tied the score earlier in the inning when he ripped a run-scoring double to deep left. But for the second year in a row, he was called for a costly balk in a playoff loss.

"These games are crazy," Wilcox coach Paul Rosa said. "I actually didn't even really see it. Our other coach saw it and said he started his windup and then kind of stopped."

Menlo-Atherton coach Mike Amoroso disagreed with the call but added, "Umpires can't dictate the outcome of a game, at all. We had our chances. They were few and slim. But we didn't capitalize on them."

Wilcox pitcher Andrew Najeeb-Brush struck out the side in the seventh to finish a complete game.

"It's just the best team that I've ever played for," Najeeb-Brush said.

Softball

Carlmont 4, Wilcox 3: Carlmont senior first baseman Gabriella Pons is making the final games of her high school softball career something to remember.

Pons had the first two-home run game of her career Thursday to help the Scots to a victory over Wilcox in the CCS Division I semifinals.

Carlmont (26-3) will play San Benito at PAL Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the championship.

Pons, who is batting .478, now has six home runs on the season and three in two CCS games. She'd like nothing better than to continue her hot streak Saturday.

"I'm really hoping to end my career with a win," Pons said.

San Benito has won eight consecutive CCS championships, including one two years ago over the Scots that all the Carlmont seniors remember.

After Wilcox (22-8) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Morgan Ratliff singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a steal of home when Carlmont elected to throw out a runner at second in a first-and-third situation, Pons tied it up with a solo homer to lead off the second.

Carlmont took the lead later in the inning when Christy Peterson circled the bases after her line single took a high hop off the Wilcox left fielder's glove for a three-base error.

It stayed 2-1 until the sixth. Carlmont pitcher Rebecca Faulkner led off with a single, and Pons followed with a home run.