At 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, tall right-hander Joe DeMers stepped atop the mound and delivered the first pitch.

About an hour later, he and his College Park High teammates poured out of the home dugout, celebrating a 1-0 walk-off victory over Clayton Valley Charter in a key Diablo Valley Athletic League game.

"It doesn't go quicker than that," College Park coach Andy Tarpley said. "That's what happens when both teams play catch, guys are throwing strikes, guys are aggressive. I was just talking to one of my coaches, and that was one of the highest level high school baseball games I've seen."

DeMers and Clayton Valley Charter starter Ryan Snyder matched zeroes until the game's final at-bat. After Willie Maciver drew a two-out walk to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, leadoff man Jeffrey Mitchell belted a bouncing chopper into left field, just inside the third base bag and past a diving defender.

As soon as Nick Oar scored the game-winning run, the Falcons (15-4-1, 8-1 DVAL) emptied out on to the field to mob Mitchell.

"That was pretty mature for a sophomore," Tarpley said. "He (Mitchell) slowed down that at-bat down to make sure he could get something that he absolutely could hit. Very impressive."


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Aside from the stellar pitching, the contest also featured aggressive hitting and superb defense by both teams. DeMers benefitted from a College Park defense that turned three double plays, while Clayton Valley Charter (17-4, 8-1) turned a pair of double plays as well.

The sophomore DeMers showed off a strong arm in the complete-game shutout, giving up four hits, walking none and striking out three. Snyder finished 6 2/3 innings, allowing the lone run on seven hits and three walks.

"It's what you aspire to see," Tarpley said of his team's effort. "That's why we work in practice every day."