A's 13, Tigers 3: The A's triumphed over the Tigers in the NOLL Championship, although the Tigers fought hard and had some highlight plays, including Benji Fine's diving catch in left field, and Ben Isola's two-run double. The A's built momentum late in the season that carried them to the ultimate victory. The A's began the season with a 1-4 record, but went 13-3 after that to finish the season. The A's offense exploded for 10 runs in each of their final three playoff games.
Tigers 11, Giants 10: In a thrilling, semifinal playoff game, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the last inning to tie the game 6-6, and then went on to beat the Giants 11-10 in extra innings by scoring 5 in the bottom of the 7th on clutch hits by Nick Fitzhugh, Anthony Madrigal, Neo Radcliffe-Jaimes, and Teo von Elgg. The Giants effort to win a championship fell short; however, they went out with a bang. Putting up seven runs in the last two innings.
Giants 6, Yankees 3: Despite several questionable calls, potential protests and hostile fans, the players on both the Giants and the Yankees stayed focus, showed good sportsmanship and fought hard for until the end of the game. Giants starting pitcher Aiden Weinstein, set up man Gabe Katz, and closer Wyatt Thompson did a great job on the mound and were supported by strong defense from Emmet Burk, who made a spectacular diving catch in right field. The Giants won the game with an entire team effort, every player in the lineup reached base at least one. Michael Dixon and Ethan Argue led the Giants offense and also showed off great teamwork and leadership.
Championship (Game 1)
Orioles 10, Angels 5: The Orioles emerged out of the losers bracket to challenge the Angels and jumped out to an early lead in the 1st behind a big 2RBI double by Ryland Henke. Henry Quintella and P.J. Carney added some stellar glove work while Ryan Fitzgerald pitched five and one-third strong innings for the win. Fitzgerald also went 3 for 3 at the plate, while Lou Whitaker added two hits. For the Angels, Nathan Horst (1B, 2B), Nicholas Johnson (2B) and Jonah Chambliss (2 1B) led the Angels' offense, while six of their teammates also contributed hits. The Orioles were able to overcome the Angels and also earn a shot at a second and final game.
Championship (Game 2)
Orioles 4, Angels 2: The Orioles took the SOLL Championship thanks to a complete game by pitcher Ryland Henke. Oren Rose-Strochlic had the big hit, a two-out bases-loaded double. For the Angels, Cameron Bonzell caught both ends of the championship double-header but still had enough spring in his legs to bang out a single and a double to give the Angels a lead. The Angels' Gavin Baird, Mattias Limon and Aidan Young also contributed doubled. Young also pitched four scoreless innings.
Orioles 11, Nationals 8: The Orioles opened up the game with a big lead, but the Nationals mounted a furious come back in the fifth, scoring eight runs on hits by Henry Deck, Paul Herman, Toby Bazeley and Sam Walsh. The Orioles defense ended the Nationals rall with some strong fundemental plays in the field. For the Orioles, Ryan Fitzgerald and P.J. Carney each had three hits, while Ryland Henke, Clay Henderson, Peter Lehman, and Adam Hetherwick also contributed hits. With the victory the Orioles earned a spot in the Championship game against the Angels.
First round playoff
Nationals 20, Mets 7: The Nationals ended the Mets playoff drive when nine Nationals combined for 19 hits in a dominant playoff win. Toby Bazeley led the attack with five RBI, while Sandler Douglas, Dylan Moore and Zack Nelson added three apiece. On the mound, Moore, Douglas and Liam Rizzo yielded just six hits. With the win the Nationals next faced the Orioles in the semifinals.
Oakland Girls Softball League
Thunder 16, Bulldogs 8: In the championship game of the 12/14U OGSL playoffs, the Thieves emerged victorious in a game much closer than the final score showed. For the Thieves, Sarah Barton and Mari Takata's multiple hits led offense. The biggest play of the game came in the first inning with two runners on, when Thieves' left fielder Diana Pattillos made a spectacular catch on a low flying ball that was dropping quickly. Pattillos made the catch then fired the ball home, and was able to catch the runner tagging from third to complete the double play. From there, the Thieves defense was extra sharp, turning two more double plays, which denied the Bulldawgs runs. Pitcher Olivia Petty closed out the victory with two shutout innings to seal the 2013 12-14U Division title.
Thieves 9, Thunder 8: The Thieves earned a spot in the Championship game with timely hitting by Marissa Petty, Jordan Klein and Mari Takata. Strong pitching was provided by Casey Levitt, and sisters Marissa and Olivia Petty. Klein had the big hit in the bottom of the second, driving in two runs with a clutch two-out single to right. Thieves' pitcher Levitt earned the defensive standout player, but closing out the game with two consecutive strikeouts to earn the win and the save.
10U Division playoffs
Royal Blue Flames 9, Sky Blue Jets 5: The Royal Blue Flames won the 10U Division Championship. For the Royal Blue, Natalie Peter, Victoria Carton, Kallie Hansel-Tennes, Zoe Meek, Katie McCabe, Essenia Robinson, Sofia Williams, Piper Leung, Ella Cote, Leah Wildmann, Mari Crampton, Kayla Soderback and Sydney Ferris made key contributions in the championship victory. For the Jets, Aniya Wise and Leah Gutierrez led the offense with key hits.
Royal Blue Flames 6, Jalapenos 5: Essenia Robinson scored in the bottom of the fourth to cap a 6-5 victory over the Jalapenos. After trailing 5-0, Katie McCabe's clutch two-run double sparked a six-run Flames comeback victory. Essenia Robinson scored the eventual game winning run in the fourth, For the Jalepenos, Adeline Chaney pitched brilliantly, allowing one earned run while recording six strikeouts.
Light Blue Lightning 2, Blue Dolphins 1: The Blue Dolphins took a hard-earned 1-0 lead into the fourth inning, but the Light Blue Lightning finally got on the scoreboard to tie the game. Late in the game, they struck for one more and secured the 2013 Oakland Girls Softball League 8U Division Champinship.
Light Blue Lightning 2, Piedmont Purple Pony Express 1: In this evenly-contested semifinal game both teams battled to a 1-1 tie and pushed the game into extra innings. The Light Blue Lightning squeezed out victory with an exciting finish in the first extra inning.
Blue Dolphins 4, Piedmont Mini Express 3: With one out remaining in extra innings, the Blue Dolphins trailed but dug deep and mounted an epic comeback-win against the Mini Express.
Piedmont Baseball Softball Foundation
Piedmont Hawks 9, Piedmont Oxygen 5: The Piedmont Hawks beat the Piedmont Oxygen in a two game Championship series to win the Morindamont Bronco Championship at Coaches Field on June 6. Teddy Bruin had several unassisted put outs at key junctures in the game, while Sam White and Ethan Dirienzo made terrific throws which prevented runs from scoring. Timely slugging by Sam Von Herrmann, Jonah Sanders, Lucas Scherman, Ethan Dirienzo, Nick Parker and Sam White provided the scoring for the Hawks. On the mound, Jonah Sanders pitched a solid two and one-third innings and Lucas Scherman pitched two and two-third innings, holding the Oxygen to three runs in innings. Sam Von Herrmann struck out the side in the sixth inning, but the Oxygen battled back to once again tie the game. First year Bronco pitcher, Gavin Kordestani, held the winning run at third base with a strike out at the plate, which forced extra innings. In their first swings of extra innings, the Hawks answered with five runs, before Gavin and Alfonso Hollingsworth closed out the game in the final half of the inning.
Mustang Division Playoffs
Piedmont Wildboars 4, Piedmont Xtreme 3: In a tight game, team Xtreme lost to the Wildboars in the first round by a score of 4-3. Matthew Clavin, Joseph Haggerty and Daniel McLaughlin were strong on the mound, recording strikeouts in each inning. McLaughlinalso also struck out the side in the fourth inning. Jayden Lee led the offense with two hits, while Thomas Wilson, Max Young, McLaughlin and Clavin each contributed one.
Piedmont Giants 22, Orinda Mad Bombers 5: Cormac Whitney's home run led the Piedmont Giants offense in the Pinto Division Championship against the Orinda Mad Bombers. Piedmont's offense exploded for 22 runs and claimed their first ever Pinto Caldecott Championship. The Giants saw production up and down the order: Whitney and Tobin Cantrill were both perfect at the plate, both went 4 for 4. Jonas Kra-Caskey had a two-run triple to go along with four RBI, and Johnny Williams, Brayden Day and Charlie Olcott each drove in three runs. The Giants defense held the Mad Bombers to just two runs over five innings, and backed with strong play in the field by Cole Pusgley and Shane Miller.
Bats vs. Knight: Players of the game for the Bats were Will Jacobson with terrific hitting, Zachary Barber with strong fielding from the outfield, Nikolas Markopoulos with 4 hits and smart plays at short stop, Benjamin Sachs with his best hit of the season, and Max Goldfarb with outstanding hitting and fielding. Players of the game for the Knights were Matty Jesse (3 HR), Emmett Maxwell (2 HR) and William Parker who anchored the defense with several nice plays in the field.
Oakland Bulldogs 10, Piedmont Dragons 6: The Piedmont Dragons lost to the Oakland Bulldogs in the U12/14 semifinals. Georgia Hayter pitched a strong inning with three strikeouts. Caroline Strauch pitched two innings and struck out five. Offensively, Hayter led the attack with two key doubles, Rachel Elliott drew two walks and scored twice, Camille Creighton singled and scored and Sofia Ochoa also contribute a single. Tiffany Foo, Laura Bryan, and Katy Savage all scored after drawing walks and stealing bases. Overall, the Dragons stole 15 bases in the game.
Piedmont Dragons 14, Oakland Firecrackers 13: After jumping out to a 3-2 lead, the Dragons lost the lead to the Firecrackers in the third. Late in the game, and trailing 10-4, the Dragons began to rally, which started with Georgia Hayter's lead-off home run, the first of four homers in the inning. The Dragons added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. In the 10th inning, the Firecrackers scored three runs, but in the bottom half of the inning the Dragons exploded for four runs, which was capped by a walk-off home run by Creighton. For the Dragons, Creighton (2 for 3, 3B, HR), Georgia Hayter (3 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR), Elliott (1B, 2B), Julia Tucher (RBI doubles) and Tiffany Foo (RBI doubles). , along with Gilbert, RBI doubles. Savage was 2-2 with 2 walks. Dragons pitching struck out 12 with Hayter and Kerry O'Connor strong in the early innings and Caroline Strauch pitching 7 strong innings for the win.
Piedmont Mini-Xtreme 5, Oakland Blue Dolphins 6: The Mini Xtreme looked to avenge two regular seasons losses to the Blue Dolphins, and they battled for into extra innings before losing a tight game. For the Mini-Extreme, Ginger Gardner and Gretchen Gerhardy pitched well throughout the game and were backed with outstanding defensive plays by Angela Foo at shortstop, Phoebe Church at third base, and Mia Call at catcher.
Piedmont Purple Pony Express 12, Black Pandas 0: The Purple Pony express stormed into the playoffs with a 12-0 first round victory that was stopped short, due to the ten-run rule, after the third inning. Shelby Cavenaugh and Gracie Hall hit doubles, while every player in the lineup contributed at leas tone hit. Lauren Jull, Hedy Friedman, and Morgan Hunt combined for the shutout.
Piedmont Mini-Xtreme 2, Oakland Purple Pandas 0: Gretchen Gerhardy and Ginger Gardner combined for a shutout, with 12 strikeouts along the way. Elizabeth Wiesbrock, Anna Gotto and Gretchen Gerhardy led Piedmont with two hits apiece, while Angela Foo, Mia Call, Ginger Gardner, Phoebe Church and Quinn Reilly rounded out the offense with base hits.
Piedmont Purple Pony Express 3, Blue Lightning 7: The undefeated Blue Lightning outlasted the Purple Pony Express in the season finale. Several girls left the game due to heat exhaustion and the game was stopped in third inning due to the temperature.
Piedmont Purple Pony Express 7, Purple Pandas 2: Lauren Jull, Margaret Weaver, Maya Hollingsworth, Leah Bell and Hedy Friedman paced the Pony Express with two hits a piece.