MORAGA -- The Salesian High softball team capped a dominant season with a rare North Coast Section title.
The Pride beat league rival St. Patrick-St. Vincent 7-1 in the Division IV championship game on Saturday at Saint Mary's College to earn just its second section title in program history and first since 2001.
Salesian had already played the Bruins in three tight games this year, leading the series 2-1.
But in the most important meeting, Salesian (21-2) wasted little time in getting to Bruins pitcher Taya deAlba. The Pride scored three times in the second inning and led 7-0 after three.
Alicia Rosales's three-run double was the biggest hit for Salesian during a two-out rally in the second. Salesian pitcher Zoe Conley helped her own cause with a two-run single in the third.
"We had a lot of hitting practice this week, that's for sure," said Dee Bonds, Salesian's coach for the last 23 years. "They just stepped up big time."
Of No. 1 seed Salesian's two losses this season, one of them came to No. 6 St. Patrick's two weeks ago during the Tri-County Athletic League tournament. But this time Conley was sharp, working a shutout through six innings. She finished with seven strikeouts and gave up six hits.
Having seen the Bruins (19-11-2) so much already also helped.
"You know their weakness and you know what they're good at," Conley said. "You know where you need to be placing the ball, especially for me when I'm pitching."
Conley pitched injured in last year's NCS Division IV title game, also against St. Patrick's. But with her fully healthy this year, the Pride exacted their revenge on the Bruins.