MORAGA -- The Amador Valley High softball team completed a dream season Saturday at Saint Mary's College.
The Dons edged Granada 2-1 in the North Coast Section Division I championship game to finish the year unbeaten and back up its No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps.com national rankings.
Two first inning runs were just enough support for UCLA-bound pitcher Johanna Grauer, who scattered five hits and struck out 11 in the final game of her accomplished high school career.
When Grauer squeezed a popup for the final out, the Dons (27-0) celebrated their first NCS championship since 2011 when their talented group of seniors were freshmen.
"It's amazing to finish out on top with the same group of girls I've been playing with since third grade," Grauer said. "Winning it freshmen year was amazing and obviously sophomore and junior year we didn't get it done. But I think that kind of lit a fire under us more to really just get it done (senior year) and be undefeated."
Grauer also had a strong day at the plate against the Matadors, going 2 for 3 and igniting the two-out rally in the first inning with a double. Ashley Lotoszynski and Victoria Molina, also four year starters for Amador Valley, followed with RBI hits for the 2-0 lead.
The only run Granada (19-9) managed off Grauer was Taylor Zehr's solo home run to lead off the top of the sixth.
The longball to left field off a Grauer riseball came just after the Matadors' catcher had hit her head in the dugout between innings. The game was delayed while she was tended to by a trainer.
Granada also threatened in the top of the seventh, getting its leadoff hitter aboard when McKayla Saavedra singled. But after a sacrifice, Amador Valley third baseman Malory Masajlo made a sliding grab of a popup in foul territory and Grauer induced a soft popup to herself to end it.
Just as they had all season long when in tight spots, the Dons didn't let the pressure get to them.
"I'm really proud of how mentally tough they are and how they handle pressure," Amador Valley coach Teresa Borchard said. "Out of all the kids I've coached, and I've coached a lot of teams, across the board, collectively, this team has the best mental game out of them all."
Division I Championship Amador Valley 2, Granada 1
Granada 000 001 0-- 1 5 0
Amador 200 000 x-- 2 6 0
Johnston and Zehr. Grauer and V. Molina. W: Grauer. L: Johnston. 2B: Grauer (AV). 3B: Lotozynski (AV). Records: Amador Valley 27-0, Granada 19-9. Highlights: AV -- Grauer 7 IP, 11 K, 2 for 3; Lotozynski 2 for 2, BB, RBI; V. Molina 2 for 3, RBI.