The Alameda High baseball team loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning and Jesse Lewis singled to score the winning run as the Hornets beat Heritage 4-3 Saturday in the first round of the Willie Stargell Easter Classic at Encinal High.
Rory D'Alleva-Keane pitched a complete game and had two strikeouts for Alameda, which will face Acalanes in the semifinals on Tuesday. Acalanes beat California 4-3 in its first-round game.
For Alameda (7-2), which has now won three straight games, Erik VanWinkle had two hits and scored two runs and Sean Cunningham had two hits and scored one run. For Heritage (6-5), Dylan Casey went 2 for 3 with a run scored and pitcher Josh Calmerin threw a complete game with five strikeouts.
Encinal 11, Skyline 1: Kaleo Johnson, Andrew Leung and Ray Cole-Machuca each had two hits and combined for six RBIs as the host Jets (7-4-1) got past the Titans (5-7) in the first round of the Easter tournament.
Encinal scored six runs in the fourth inning and will play San Lorenzo in Tuesday's semifinals. San Lorenzo beat Concord 4-3 in its first round game.
Castro Valley 4, Piedmont 1: Pitcher Jason Seever threw a complete game and finished with nine strikeouts to lead the host Trojans past the Highlanders in a West Alameda County Conference game. Seever allowed just two hits for Castro Valley (6-6, 4-1 WACC) and did not allow a run until the seventh inning. Teammate Scott Nunnery went 2 for 2 with a run scored. Ryan Sullivan went 2 for 3 with a run scored for Piedmont (3-7, 2-4).
Track and field
Heritage's Frank Kurtz won the 400 meters in 47.32 seconds at the Stanford Invitational. Kurtz already owned the state's best time in the event this season, but bettered his own mark by .39 of a second as he beat San Leandro's Christian Carter (47.94) and Andrew Brown (48.31) of Tumwater (Wash.).
Takkarist McKinley of Kennedy-Richmond won the 100 in 10.71, placing him among the state leaders in that event. Castro Valley's Nate Moore won the triple jump with a mark of 48 feet, 11.5 inches, which puts him atop the state list.
Bishop O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III won the mile in 4:12.74, James Traylor of Berkeley won 110 hurdles in 14.21 and Matt Esparza of Amador Valley won the shot put (59-6.25).
In the girls competition, San Leandro had two individual winners, as Gabriella Cantrell won the 100 in 11.96 and Kortni Smyers-Jones won the 100 hurdles in 14.37. Christina Chenault of Carondelet won the 400 in 1:56.34.