DANVILLE -- Patience paid off for the San Ramon Valley High baseball team.
Fueled by their discipline at the plate, the Wolves beat visiting De La Salle 6-2 on Friday to climb into a three-way tie for first place in the East Bay Athletic League.
San Ramon Valley forced De La Salle ace Justin Hooper to throw 73 pitches in three innings and recovered from a 2-0 deficit to complete a regular season sweep of the Spartans, who entered the game alone in first place in the EBAL.
Now, with a week left in the regular season, San Ramon Valley, De La Salle and California are all atop the league standings at 8-4 in league play.
After Chris Williams and Austin Dondanville delivered early RBI singles for De La Salle (16-6), San Ramon Valley really made Hooper work in the third. The Wolves drew two walks and got a single from leadoff hitter Ryan Weisenberg before a bases-loaded hit by pitch and infield single by Grant Hiramine tied the game.
The Wolves saw 39 pitches in the inning.
"Hooper's a very good pitcher and is going to pitch in the big leagues some day, so you have to look for any advantage you can," San Ramon Valley Chris deClercq said. "Today it looked like he was a little bit off his game from a throwing strikes standpoint. We wanted to take advantage of the opportunities he may have given us."
San Ramon Valley (16-6) continued to grind out at-bats even after chasing Hooper from the game early. In the fourth, the Wolves went ahead for good on a two-run double off the right field wall by Weisenberg.
The Wolves added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a bases loaded walk and hit by pitch. They drew eight walks total.
"That's what we try to do throughout the course of the season, make pitchers work," Weisenberg said. "We just try to get on base and move the guys over. Stationary baseball."
San Ramon Valley also received strong pitching in the final four innings from starter Conner Loar and reliever Conor Neumann.
Loar earned the win after working 4 and 1/3 innings. He departed after giving up a one-out double to Blake Ogburn in the fifth, but Neumann induced a double-play to end what ended up being De La Salle's last real threat.
Neumann allowed just one base runner — a walk to Williams in the sixth — while striking out four to close out the victory.
EBAL San Ramon Valley 6, De La Salle 2
DLS 101 000 0-- 2 6 2
SRV 002 202 x-- 6 7 0
Hooper, Lally (4), Siri (4), Lonestar (6), Dondanville (6) and Hare. Loare, Neumann (5) and Kanat. W: Loare. L: Lally. 2B: Velasco (DLS), Dondanville (DLS), Ogburn (DLS), Weisenberg (SRV). Records: San Ramon Valley 16-6, 8-4 EBAL; De La Salle 16-6, 8-4 EBAL. Highlights: DLS -- Dondanville 2 for 3, R, RBI; Williams 2 for 2, RBI. SRV -- Weisenberg 2 for 4, 2 RBI, R; Hiramine 2 for 4, RBI; Tsuruda 2 for 3, R, RBI; Neumann 2.2 IP, 0 H, BB, 4 K.