PLEASANT HILL -- Nick Oar blasted a three-run home run and pitcher Joe DeMers scattered five hits to carry the No. 2 seed College Park High baseball team to the NCS Division II championship with a 7-2 win over Marin Catholic-Kentfield on Saturday at Diablo Valley College.
Oar's homer was the crushing blow in a five-run first inning, which was ample support for DeMers, who struck out eight.
A strikeout-throw out double play ended the top of the first inning and seemed to give the Falcons (27-3) a boost in their first at-bat. Scotty Hroza drew a leadoff walk and scored one out later on DeMers' single. One more run scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded while Oar was at bat, but that was not the end of the damage.
With a 2-2 count, Oar fouled balls off the fence near the left and right field foul poles. But Marin Catholic pitcher Bryan Jakiemiec hung a curve ball on the next pitch, and Oar hit it out for a 5-0 lead.
"I just try to treat every at-bat like it's the middle of the season," Oar said. "I don't remember how many pitches I fouled off. But I'm going to remember that one -- I hit a home run in the NCS championship game."
DeMers -- who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning -- then went to work against the fifth-seeded Wildcats (22-7).
He gave up a run in the third when Paul Kunst doubled and scored on Andrew Celis' single, the first run allowed by College Park since the fourth inning of a first-round win over Cardinal Newman -- a 20-inning stretch.
DeMers quickly settled down and retired the next nine batters before giving up a run in seventh.
"This team was hungry the whole season, and to get that last out was unbelievable," DeMers said. "We set a goal at the beginning of the season, and we fulfilled it today."