CONCORD -- Contributions came from all across the lineup as the San Ramon Valley High baseball team toppled host De La Salle 10-5 on Wednesday in what is shaping up to be another thrilling race in the East Bay Athletic League.
The Wolves jumped on De La Salle early, going up 9-1 in the third inning, then received three and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief pitching from Conor Neumann to claim a rare victory on the Spartans' home field.
Seven different players drove in run for San Ramon Valley (8-4, 4-2 EBAL), which also pounded out 12 hits against five De La Salle pitchers.
"We came out with a plan to score early and score first," San Ramon Valley coach Chris deClercq said. "Our players got some hits that sometimes haven't been falling for us this year, but they fell today and the ball bounced our way in the early innings."
Neumann, a 6-foot-4 left-hander who will play water polo at Cal in college, put the brakes on the Spartans' comeback bid in the fourth inning.
The Wolves had already allowed four runs in the frame when Neumann entered with runners at first and second with one out. He hit a batter, but got a strikeout and fly out to escape the bases-loaded jam.
"A team like (De La Salle) is never going to go away, they have too many good players and are too well coached," deClercq said. "Conor's been doing that for us all year long. We stick him in the most messed up situations and he figures out a way out of it. It's been a huge boost for our team."
San Ramon Valley scored four runs in the second inning and another four in the third with the bottom half of the order sparking both rallies.
Ryan Weisenberg and Nick Moroney drove in two run each while Grant Hiramine had three hits and scored twice for San Ramon Valley.
Myles Coston had a two-run double for De La Salle (9-3, 5-2 EBAL) in the fourth inning, and John Velasco went 2 for 3 with a RBI single.
But the Spartans couldn't recover from the big early deficit and had their four-game winning streak in EBAL play come to an end.
"This is one of the toughest places to play," deClerq said of De La Salle's field. "We figured it out for one day. Any win in the EBAL is a big win and anytime you can win on the road it's even nicer."