MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Clayton Valley Charter's perfect season ended Thursday in the Elite 8 Classic championship game as host St. Francis High prevailed 3-0 behind a gem from Casey Douglas.
The senior allowed three hits in a game that was over in about 75 minutes.
"We fully were aware that they are fantastic hitters, which they were," Douglas said of Clayton Valley (19-1). "The coaches prepared us, and we watched them the previous games."
Said Clayton Valley coach Casey Coakley, "Two good teams hook up. Three pitchers threw the ball well. A few of their hits fell in. Ours didn't. Their kid made a few crucial pitches when he needed to."
Blake Billinger's sacrifice fly to center in the first inning gave Douglas all the run support he would need. The Lancers (19-3) added two in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Billinger and Tyler Deason and Jeremy Ydens' run-scoring single.
Douglas did not yield a hit until Gabe Taylor stroked a fourth-inning single beyond the reach of second baseman Andrew Martinez. Douglas got the next batter to hit into a 1-6-3 double play to keep on rolling.
Two innings later, the senior did it again.
After giving up a one-out single, Douglas got a 1-6-3 double play to get his team back in the dugout.
"The double-play balls were huge," St. Francis coach Mike Oakland said. "They're obviously a good team. That was a good win for us."