PLEASANT HILL -- The Tamalpais High baseball team scored all three of its runs in the first inning and used a stellar pitching effort from Max Gamboa to beat Alhambra 3-1 on Saturday in the North Coast Section Division III title game at Diablo Valley College.

In the first inning, center fielder Geoffrey Mohn led off with a triple and later scored on a passed ball. Bulldogs starting pitcher Jon Pacha allowed a couple more base runners before Tamalpais (21-8) added another run courtesy of a Brett Bowyer sacrifice fly.

Pacha never settled in and loaded the bases with just one out. He was replaced by Zach Keever, who walked in Alex Davis.

Tamalpais had the opportunity to blow the game open with one swing of the bat, but Keever got outfielder Jake Ferm to pop out to end the threat.

Gamboa silenced the Bulldogs' bats until the fourth inning. With runners on the corners, Gamboa balked and Leo Costa came in to score from third. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for Gamboa, who allowed five hits and had seven strikeouts.

Alhambra (17-11) garnered momentum in the sixth. Tyler Peters started a two-out rally with a single, followed by a Costa single to left field. Peters tried to make to third on Costa's hit, but he thrown out by a couple of feet.


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The Bulldogs had one more chance in the seventh when catcher Josh Abraham laced a one-out double to right field. He moved to third base on a Trent Davis fly out to right, but Gamboa struck out Aaron Reardon to end the game.

After relieving Pacha, Keever pitched the rest of the way, allowing only one hit and striking out seven. Costa finished the game 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.