How do you cool off a hot team?
Pitch well. Play defense, and scratch out a few runs.
The Berkeley High baseball team offered a textbook example with a 3-0 upset of host Bishop O'Dowd on Wednesday.
The Dragons would have clinched a share of the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division title with a victory, but the Yellowjackets stood firm.
Berkeley left-hander Tucker McPhaul, who is headed to McNeese State, tossed a five-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks.
"It was one of my better games," McPhaul said modestly.
O'Dowd (13-7, 11-2 WACC-Foothill), which had a six-game winning streak snapped, will get another shot against Berkeley (12-8, 8-5) on Friday in Berkeley.
Berkeley coach Matt Bremer said McPhaul did a "fabulous job" and "showed a lot of heart."
Moreover, Yellowjackets second baseman Joe Franco made two quick turns on rally-crushing double-plays, and first baseman Tivon Brown made two nice scoops on putouts in the third.
Additionally, outfielder Alex Rowland made a spectacular running catch deep in the right field corner to rob O'Dowd's Kenneth Swain of extra bases in the bottom of the seventh.
"These are the kind of efforts that you need to beat a really good team like O'Dowd," Bremer said.
The Yellowjackets scratched out the only two runs they would need in the third against O'Dowd starter Leon Nierenberg. McPhaul had an RBI single with the bases loaded before Noah Bremer was hit by a pitch for an RBI.
In the fourth, Robin Rosenberg singled and advanced to second when the ball got past a diving outfielder. He advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Rowland's single.
O'Dowd catcher Dominic Miroglio, who had two hits in three at-bats, gave credit to McPhaul.
"I got to tip my hat to Tuck," Miroglio said. "He pitched very well, and he definitely beat us today. I don't feel like we lost this game, I feel like they beat us."
Amador Valley 7, De La Salle 4: Daniel Jackson went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs to lead the Dons past the host Spartans in an East Bay Athletic League game.
Relief pitcher Jake Dronkers allowed just one earned run in five innings for Amador Valley (13-6, 6-3 EBAL), which scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead.
De La Salle (12-6, 6-3) scored once in the bottom of the fifth to cut Amador Valley's lead to 5-4 but could get no closer.
American 6, Washington 4: The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held on to upset the Huskies in a Mission Valley Athletic League game.
Joey Hockett threw a complete game for American (8-11, 3-6 MVAL) with six strikeouts. He also went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and teammate Naeem Knox was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.
Nick Quejado was 1 for 2 with two RBIs for Washington (14-5, 7-2), which came into Wednesday having won five of six and in sole possession of first place in the MVAL.