Majors Division playoffs
A's 5, Cardinals 4: The A's outlasted the Cards as Jack Ellis blasted a walk-off RBI single in the eighth inning which plated Chance Parenteau. A solid team effort by the A's was led by great pitching from Moe Flynn and Jack Hanson and seven innings of stellar catching by Miles Dyke. Moe Flynn's triple and Rudy Broome's double sparked the offensive charge. The Cardinals Marshawn Jaramillo threw four shutout innings before the A's scored the winning run in the eighth. Nico Hausser led the Card's offense with two doubles.
Tigers 8, Rangers 4: Luke Ditzler pitched four strong innings and added a double and a run-scoring triple to lead the Tigers over the Rangers in their first round playoff matchup. Benji Fine crushed a triple to deep center and Ben Isola had a base hit and three runs for the Tigers. The Rangers were paced by Mays Washington (2 1B, 3 R) Will Herbert (1B, 2 RBI) and Sam Nelson (2B, RBI). Charlotte Low hurled a complete game and allowed three earned runs.
Tigers 14, Giants 9: In a thrilling second round playoff matchup, the Tigers beat the Giants behind a two-hit, three RBI performance by Nick Fitzhugh, and a bases-loaded three-run double by Luke Ditzler. Heron Johnson-Vigeant had two hits and pitched three strong innings in relief. For the Giants, Zach Thompson started a come from behind rally with a two-run home run, which led to a five-run inning. Ryan Hunt and Matthew Drake reached base every at bat.
Giants 7, Yankees 6: The Giants rallied from behind in the second and sixth innings. Key hits by Wyatt Thompson, Ryland Takaro, Matthew Drake, and Thomas Mosley helped give the Giants the lead. Wyatt Thompson pitched five strong innings (11 K). Zach Thompson, Aidan Weinstein, and Ryland Takaro combined for the remaining innings to close out the game. For the Yankees, starting pitcher Brendan Hogg threw five strong innings. The Yankees hitters played extremely well under pressure to come from behind and plate five runs in the sixth.
Angels 6, Mets 4: Desmond Griffith and Mattias Limon each had two RBI to power the Angels to a playoff victory over the Mets. Limon blasted two doubles while Griffith smacked a clutch bases-loaded single. The Angels' Aidan Young pitched five strong innings and scored two runs. Jonah Chambliss pitched a perfect sixth inning to seal the win. Billy Brophy pitched four strong innings for the Mets. The Mets offense was paced by Sam Hershey's two-run home run.
Nationals 11, White Sox 10: In a see-saw game, the Nationals won in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Henry Deck. Paul Herman had three hits (1B, 2B, HR) and three RBI. Liam Rizzo also drove in three runs, while Toby Bazeley, Hugh Velline and Jordan Riley contributed run-scoring hits. For the White Sox, Isaac Charlesworth homered in his return after being on IR for a month. Cal Gibbon contributed four RBI on a grand slam, and Justin Goerss pitched two and one-third solid innings.
Orioles 4, Nationals 0: The Orioles' Ryan Fitzgerald and P.J. Carney kept the National's formidable offense off balance all game, combining for a six-hit shutout. Peter Lehman and Emmett Tuttle had clutch RBI hits for the O's, and Clay Henderson dazzled on defense. For the Nationals, Liam Rizzo, Sam Walsh and Hugh Velline contributed hits, while Walsh and Sandler Douglas turned in strong outings on the mound.
Mets 9, White Sox 7: Drew Downes of the Mets pitched three innings (4 K) in their win over the White Sox. Billy Brophy (2 for 2, HR, R, 3 RBI) led the offense for the Mets. Sam Toney went 2 for 3 with a triple and double, and Gabe Matta also went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a stolen base.
Angels 8, Orioles 1: The Angels rode a dominating performance by Jonah Chambliss to a berth in the championship. Chambliss struck out 10 in a 66 pitch complete game. At the plate, he added two hits and drove in four runs. Cole Stephens (2 1B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Mattias Limon (2 1B, 2 R) and Gavin Baird (2B, R) helped power the Angels offense. The Orioles struggled for base runners, only breaking the shutout late in the game, when Tony Todd scored on Emmet Tuttle's RBI single. Oren Rose-Strochlic and Louis Whitaker contributed hits.
Giants 9, Cardinals 7: The Giants fell behind in the first inning after the Cardinals hit through the order and put up six runs. Both Mikey Robinson and Tommy Austin went 2 for 3. After Giants pitcher Ryan Hunt settled in, so did the defense, keeping the Cardinals scoreless for the remaining four innings. Every player for the Giants contributed at the plate and on the field to edge out the Cardinals.
A's 12, Red Sox 6: Jack Hanson led the A's offensive explosion. After hitting a bomb over the fence that was just foul, Hanson hit the very next pitch over the fence, but this time it was a fair ball. Rudy Broome and Kolya Popovic added to the onslaught with multi RBI games. Moe Flynn, Hugo May, and Miles Dyke pitched well in the win. For the Red Sox, Aaron Gonzalez pitched well in relief and Gonzalez and Kaj O'Connell contributed key hits.
A's 11, Tigers 5: The A's scrapped together a victory against another great team. Jack Hanson led the team with two home runs. The Sykes brothers, Malcolm and Dominic, had great at-bats, and pitchers Hugo May and Jack Hanson combined to quiet the Tiger's bats. For the Tigers, Jonathan Phillippi had two hits, including a double, and Zack Schmidt hit a two-run single.
Yankees 7, Rangers 4: The Yankees won with contributions from all 12 players. They sent four pitchers to the mound: Jackson Staples, Eli Berrick, Miles Hickey and Michael Dixon. The Rangers put pressure on the Yankees throughout the game, but the defense refused to lie down as the Yankees notched their first playoff victory. The Rangers were led on offense by Charlotte Low (1B, 2B, RBI) and Will Herbert (1B, 2 RBI). Charlie Longenecker pitched well, allowing two runs in three innings of solid relief.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0: Luc Mollard led off the game with a walk, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, and eventually scored the game's lone run on a single by Ethan Argue. The Yankees kept the Red Sox on their heels for the entire game with exceptional defense and great pitching performances from starting pitcher Jackson Staples (4 IP) and closer Miles Hickey (2 IP). For the Red Sox, Kaj O'Connell pitched four and one-third innings of scoreless relief and finished the weekend a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate.
Oakland Girls Softball Girls
Blue Dolphins 7, Mini Extreme 0: The Blue Dolphins jumped out to an early lead and held on for the win in their last regular season game. Kendall Maurer, Annadella Healy, Maya Mehta, Ciara Cafaro-Mirviss, Elisa McLeod, Miriam Lerner, Liv Catalano, Alice McCullough and Sara Blaschka provided two hits apiece. Great defense was turned in by Symone White, Maggie Maurer, Elektra Williams, Kendall Clay and Gwen McCarthy. The Blue Dolphins end the regular season with an 8-2-1 record.
Thieves 14, Green Wave 12: Casey Levitt led the Thieves to a first round playoff victory by going 4 for 4 at the plate and pitching out of several tough innings to keep the Green Wave within reach of the Thieves. The Green Wave had the potential tying runners on first and second base after they scored five in the top of seventh inning. Catcher Danielle Pohlson hit a two-out shot to deep left for what looked like a game-tying hit, but Thieves' left fielder, Diana Pattillos, ranged back and caught the ball to preserve the victory for the Thieves, who now move on to the OGSL semifinals on June 8 at 9 a.m. at Owen Jones Field against the Piedmont's Dragons. Olivia Petty pitched a scoreless second and third to hold back an early Green Wave attack, before the Thieves offense put up 12 unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Wave were led by terrific hitting by Emma Talamantes, Miranda Sanborn and Adanni Harper. The Thieves' Mari Takata made several stunning plays from third base to prevent several runs from scoring.
Piedmont Baseball Softball Association
Bats vs. Express: Players of the game for the Bats were Chris Fung, who made several key throws from the outfield, Peter Ichimaru, who had 5 RBI and an out at 3rd, and Matteo Scanu, who played fantastic defense including a force at 2nd. Players of the game for the Express were Oliver Amen with 2 home runs, and Nate Hart, who made great defensive plays.
Piedmont Giants 10, Piedmont A's 9: The A's were led by Owen Somerville (4 RBI) and A.J. Harris (1B, 2 2B), but it ultimately wasn't enough to overcome the Giants. The Giants were led by Shane Miller (HR, R, 2 RBI), and Ryan Stokes and Cole Pugsley, who each had two doubles and a single. Charlie Olcott had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. The A's defense caught seven pop flies and three lineouts, with Will Sprague and Michael Aikawa both having key catches. For the Giants, Cormac Whitney, Tyler Barsi, Tobin Cantrill and Mateo Devries turned in great plays in the field. With the victory, the Giants advance to face the winner of the Orinda Pinto playoffs in the Caldecott Cup on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Del Ray Elementary in Orinda.
Piedmont Giants 17, Piedmont A's 12: The Giants got off to a strong start with a three-run home run from Shane Miller, and effective hitting from Tyler Barsi, Johnny Williams and Cormac Whitney. Trailing 15-4, the A's mounted a formidable seven-run comeback in the fourth thanks to the hot bats of Dean Lopez, Michael Aikawa, Will Sprague and Peter Krumins. The Giants, however, were ultimately able to hold on, thanks to a strong defensive showing from Shane Miller, Tobin Cantrill and Cole Pugsley.
Piedmont Cyclones 9, Piedmont Firebirds 4: Sajan Srivastava and Ben Levinson combined for five one-hit innings in the Cyclone's playoff win. Soren Call, Sam Christensen and Levinson contributed big hits, and Call made a great catch to lead the defense.
Piedmont Bedrock 11, Moraga A's 2: Connor Gillikin, Jordan Hunt, and Ayden Riley pitched Bedrock to another playoff win. Owen Levinson, Abe Barnes, and Eli Kleinman led the offense.
Piedmont Bedrock 12, Moraga Cardinals 6: Owen Levinson, Abe Barnes, and Josh Eidam pitched Bedrock to the win in their first playoff game. Barnes, Jordan Hunt, Aidan Dixon, and Adam Porter led the offense.
Piedmont Hawks 13, Orinda Intimidators 3: The Hawks had timely hitting up and down their line up, including solid hits by Alfonso Hollingsworth, Ethan Dirienzo, Teddy Bruin and Avery von Herrmann plus a home run by Lucas Scherman. Lucas Scherman and Gavin Kordestani provided solid pitching and limited Orinda to three runs.
Piedmont Hawks 4, Piedmont Senators 1: Avery Von Herrmann pitched five and one-third solid innings and gave up just one hit. Jonah Sanders pitched the remainder of the game and gave up no hits. Overall Sam and Jonah combined for 14 strikeouts and no walks. The Hawks defense committed no errors in support of their pitchers. Timely hits by Lucas Scherman and Nick Parker and a well executed RBI sacrifice bunt by Gavin Kordestani provided all the offense the Hawks needed.
Piedmont Mini Xtreme 2, Purple Pandas 0: Gretchen Gerhardy led off with a double, followed by a single from Mia Call. Ginger Gardner and Phoebe Church then followed with back-to-back RBI singles. The Mini Xtreme's "GGs" (Ginger Gardner and Gretchen Gerhardy) each pitched two innings of shutout baseball, striking out 12 batters. The Mini Xtreme's batting was led by Elizabeth Wiesbrock, Anna Gotto, and Gretchen Gerhardy who had two hits apeice. Angela Foo, Mia Call, Ginger Gardner, Phoebe Church, and Quinn Reilly all had base hits. The Mini-Extreme's advance to the semifinals at Beach field on June 8.