Castro Valley High pitcher Jason Seever knew what he was getting into when he saw the size of the crowd that showed up to watch the Trojans play visiting Bishop O'Dowd.
The southpaw did what he could to send his fans home happy.
Seever tossed 62/3 outstanding innings and Castro Valley took advantage of a few miscues to beat the Dragons 6-1 Wednesday in a key Hayward Area Athletic League contest.
The five-run difference wasn't indicative of how evenly matched a game it was, as two unearned runs in the second left Castro Valley (12-4, 4-1 HAAL) up 2-1 through five innings.
That margin ballooned in the sixth. O'Dowd (11-6-1, 5-1) committed three errors in the inning, walked three and hit a batter to help the Trojans put up four more runs.
That was more than enough for Seever, who pitched effectively thanks to pinpoint control of a sharp curveball that allowed him to consistently get ahead of hitters.
"It came down to pitching," said O'Dowd's Bryan Mason, who went 2 for 2 and drove in a run to lead the Dragons. "Their pitcher pitched a great game."
Desmond Bradford had two sharp singles to lead Castro Valley offensively. Seever struck out five before giving way to Alex Morales for the game's final out.
"I would think this is the most important game of the year, just because of the rivalry," Seever said. "Everyone comes out to support Castro Valley, which makes it that much more fun."
The Colts (9-6, 4-1 Mission Valley Athletic League) scored an unearned run in the fifth inning, and that was enough for Martinez, who pitched his second one-hitter of the season. He also threw a one-hit shutout in last year's North Coast Section Division I title game against De La Salle.
"As soon as I saw that one run cross the plate, I knew it was over," Martinez said. "I was not going to allow them to score that run. I wanted this win for my team."
Logan snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 13-4 win over Pacific Grove. Newark Memorial (12-4, 3-1) entered this game as the MVAL's lone remaining unbeaten.
"This was huge. We prepared all season long and definitely all week long to play this team," Martinez said. "We knew they were a great club. We knew they had one of the best pitchers in the state of California."
Flexen, whose start attracted several scouts to the game, pitched well. He struck out 12 and gave up six hits and walked two.
The game's only run came when Logan's Ralph Delgadillo led off the fifth with a single. He stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Flexen struck out Michael Johnson. The pitch was in the dirt, and the throw to first to complete the strikeout was wild and Delgadillo scored.
Martinez struck out seven and walked two. He didn't allow a runner past second base.
-- Jimmy Durkin
Amador Valley 2, California 1: After going hitless for six innings, the Dons found just enough offense to win a pitching duel between two stellar sophomores.
Ashley Lotoszynski scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the seventh inning, earning Amador Valley the walk-off win and sole possession of first place in the East Bay Athletic League.
The Dons (15-0, 5-0 EBAL), ranked No. 4 in the nation by ESPN, trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh after Cal's Katelyn Linford homered to lead off the top half of the inning.
Three infield singles loaded the bases for the Dons with one out, and Johanna Grauer squeezed home Nicole Yozzo for the tying run. Lotoszynski then sprinted home from third when a pitch went wide with Jessica McKeehan up to bat.
The game was really about the pitching, though. The only base runner California's Lindsay Chalmers allowed in the first six innings was after a dropped third strike. She didn't allow a ball out of the infield and stuck out 11.
"Usually we have a tendency to thrive on the better pitching, but Chalmers did a great job," Amador Valley coach Julie Marshall said. "She kept us off balance. She moved the ball around, she utilized her speed, she used all planes."
Amador Valley's Grauer (14-0) struck out 13 and scattered four hits -- two of them infield singles.
-- Stephanie Hammon