SAN LEANDRO -- Erik Van Winkle was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run and Matt Esparza came in relief to get out of a jam as the Alameda High baseball team won the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division playoff title with a 4-3 win over Bishop O'Dowd in 11 innings on Thursday at San Leandro Ball Park.
With the win, the Hornets (17-9) earned the automatic berth to the North Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Dragons will need to apply for an at-large berth in the Division I bracket.
Van Winkle was hit by a Michael Perri fastball to force in Drew Huie. The Dragons (17-9) tried to rally in the bottom of the 11th as Dom Miroglio singled with two outs, but Esparza came back to strike out Nick Adgar to end the game.
O'Dowd collected 11 hits on the night, but left 13 runners on base.
Sean Cunningham went 3 for 6 for and Trevor Greenley homered in the fourth for Alameda. Adgar drove in two runs for O'Dowd.
Piedmont 1, San Leandro 0: Senior Matt Horst threw a two-hitter and also scored the game's only run as the Highlanders (16-9) beat the Pirates (20-6) to win the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division tournament title and clinch an automatic berth to the NCS playoffs.
Horst struck out four and had just one walk. He also scored on Spencer Gutterman's double in the fourth inning. Ptah Asabi also threw a complete game for San Leandro and had four strikeouts and one walk.