The steady glove of shortstop Austin Piscotty helped Amador Valley High hold off California to earn a 5-3 win in East Bay Athletic League baseball action Friday in Pleasanton.
Piscotty leapt to snag a hard-hit line drive then threw to third, catching the runner off base to complete the game-ending double play in a thrilling win over the Grizzlies (12-2, 5-2 EBAL), the No. 1 ranked team in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll.
"I guess it's just one of the benefits of having a tall shortstop," said Piscotty, a 6-foot-2 senior. "It was just kind of a reaction thing."
Amador Valley (10-3, 4-2), ranked No. 7 in the East Bay poll, took a 5-1 lead into the top of the seventh before Cal tried to rally. The first three batters reached base, a run scored on a balk and another came in on a Cameron Santos single.
Dons reliever Alex Zwingle struck out the next batter before getting Nick Allman to hit the scorching liner to Piscotty that became the game-ending double play.
Cal's loss, combined with Livermore's 5-1 win over San Ramon Valley, means every team in the EBAL has at least two losses.
The win puts Amador Valley back in the thick of the league title hunt, but the Dons know they just need to play solid ball to steadily prepare themselves for the postseason. They were just 7-7 in league play last year before winning the North Coast Section Division I title.
"The big thing is to just stay in it," Piscotty said. "Stay near the top, get a good seed in NCS and then let it go from there. Hopefully good things will happen for us."
Tyler Staniford got the win for Amador Valley with six solid innings. He gave up one unearned run in the first inning and allowed five hits.The Dons broke through with four runs in the third inning.
Piscotty had an RBI single, Jake MacIntosh had an RBI double and Steven Nice had a sacrifice fly.
Piscotty, who has signed with Saint Mary's College, was 2 for 2 and was hit by a pitch. MacIntosh was 3 for 3 with two doubles.
Monte Vista 4, Foothill 0: Jonathan Freshman tossed a shutout, and Brendan Landman launched a two-run homer as the Mustangs improved to 7-5 overall, 2-4 in EBAL play.
Freshman allowed just two hits and struck out nine against the Falcons (8-4, 2-4 EBAL).
Clayton Valley Charter 2, Dougherty Valley 1: Grant Meylan drove in two runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles came from behind to stay unbeaten on the season.
Austin Cannedy and Riley Smith combined on a one-hitter for Clayton Valley (15-0) in the nonleague victory over Dougherty Valley (7-10).