One of the biggest wins in Heritage High baseball history came in the manner of most diamond dandies -- with quality pitching, solid defense, and an air of expectancy.
The eighth-seeded Patriots stunned top-seeded and host San Ramon Valley 4-2 on Friday in the second round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Heritage played like it belonged on center stage before a large crowd.
The Patriots, who have won 10 in a row after a 7-3 loss to the Wolves on April 25, rode the solid pitching of left-handed starter Jack Jorgensen and hard-throwing reliever Paul Blackburn.
Jorgensen allowed three hits over 52/3 innings, all in the third inning when the Wolves (18-7) overcame a 2-0 deficit on Max Dutto's two-run home run.
As the Bay Valley Athletic League champion, Heritage (20-6) will host No. 4 De La Salle at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals.
"This is the furthest we've gone in the playoffs," Heritage coach Kevin Brannan said proudly. "I was the freshman coach when these guys were freshmen. ... It was one these deals where they've played together for so long, even before I got 'em.
"We were going to try to do something real special with this group, and, knock on wood, it's going that way so far."
The Patriots scored twice in the first inning with two outs against Stanford-bound left-hander John Hochstatter. Ryan Howell singled and Jeff Casperson and Dayton Mellor followed with back-to-back RBI doubles.
"The offense came up big in the first inning," said Jorgensen, who is headed to San Francisco State. "That's a lot of confidence for a pitcher to come out there knowing that we put up a two-spot."
After the Wolves tied it, Howell, who was 3 for 4 with two runs, singled in the sixth and stole second. Mellor drove him in with a single up the middle on a full count for the go-ahead run.
Jorgensen, who walked three in the first combating a tight strike zone, finished most innings with exclamation points. He struck out the last batter in the first three innings, and the Patriots turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the fourth on Ryan Drobny's hard-hit grounder.
Blackburn got the save, allowing no hits after entering with runners on first and second in the sixth.
"He's a stud," Jorgensen said of Blackburn. "He going to be good next year and for years to come. ... He throws a lot harder than me, a lot harder."
De La Salle 7, Granada 3: The No. 5 Matadors rallied to tie things in the top of the sixth, but the No. 4 Spartans rebounded to score four in the bottom of the inning and punch their ticket to the semifinals with a win in Concord.
The turning point came just after Granada (17-9) tied it. Vince Fernandez's RBI triple provided the Matadors' third run, then De La Salle pitcher Logan West hit a batter and walked another to load the bases with no outs.
West turned up the intensity, though, striking out the next two hitters and getting a fly out to center to end the inning with things still tied.
"He just put it to the metal and did what he had to do," De La Salle coach Matt Castello said of West. "If he didn't do that, we're going home."
De La Salle (19-7) regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Tanner Robinson sent a ground ball into the hole between first and second. That scored Dan Freeman for the go-ahead run, and Robinson reached on a throwing error.
The Spartans got three more runs before the inning ended, giving West enough cushion to finish things out. The right-hander struck out 12 in a complete-game effort.
"They executed in the bottom of the sixth and Logan West got big and had some huge strikeouts," Granada coach Corrigan Willis said. "We had a guy at third and no outs, and he did a hell of a job in a tough situation there."
-- Ben Enos
Clayton Valley 3, Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park 1: Jeff Doran struck out 11 and the No. 2 Eagles beat the No. 7 Cougars in a quarterfinal game in Concord.
Clayton Valley (21-3-2) will host No. 11 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (23-5) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Eagles took a 2-0 advantage after two innings, giving Doran enough of a lead to shut down Rancho Cotate (17-8-2). Jordan Burger went 2 for 2, drove in a run and stole two bases for Clayton Valley.
Miramonte 10, Alhambra 0: The host Matadors continued to run through the playoffs. Two days after trouncing Hercules 17-0, second-seeded Miramonte (19-7) topped the No. 7 Bulldogs (15-11) to advance to the semifinals. The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.
Matadors starter Peter James allowed only two hits in five innings, walking one and striking out four.
Miramonte got right to it in the bottom of the first as Drew Jackson lined a first-pitch single to left and Tyler Davis singled to right. Paddy O'Brien walked to load the bases and Jackson scored on an error for the Matadors' first run.
Spencer Mark's force out scored Davis, and O'Brien came home on Trevor Lundquist's infield single for a 3-0 lead.
Miramonte scored twice more in the second on a wild pitch and Mark's run-scoring single, and increased its lead to 8-0 in third.
Miramonte scored its last two runs in the fourth as Lundquist and Chris Perry had run-scoring hits.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent