Pitching leads El Cerrito past Encinal

  • The El Cerrito baseball team scored all of the offense it needed in the first two innings in a 3-0 nonleague win over Encinal on March 7. The Gauchos scored one run in the first inning and two in the second, providing enough support for pitchers Harbour Harrison and Austin Nichols, who combined to allow just three hits. In four innings, Nichols, who came on in relief, allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out four. Jamal Rutledge went 2 for 3 at the place for El Cerrito, which entered this week with a 2-1-1 record.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    O'Dowd breaks out bats in nonleague win

  • The Bishop O'Dowd High baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and finished with 18 hits in a 15-1 nonleague win at home over James Logan on March 5. Nick Adgar went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and David Kyriacou went 3 for 5, including a home run, and finished with three RBIs. Pitchers Leon Nierenberg and Nate Myers combined to allow one hit for Bishop O'Dowd, which picked up its first victory of the season.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    SJND wins slugfest with Redwood Christian


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  • The St. Joseph Notre Dame baseball team came from behind to beat Redwood Christian 9-6 in a nonleague game on March 8. The Pilots trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the second inning, but chipped away at Redwood Christian's lead and went ahead for good in the fifth with four runs to take an 8-6 lead. Vincent Republicano made an impact on the hill and at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, and also throwing one shutout inning in relief of starter Hunter Hennigh. St. Joseph Notre Dame finished with 10 hits, and entered this week with a 2-1 record.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    Defense the difference for Pilots

  • With the help of an error-free defensive effort, the host St. Joseph Notre Dame softball team earned a 8-5 nonleague win over Tennyson on March 7. The Pilots had six hits, including three from junior shortstop Olivia Ballesteros, but also benfitted from five errors by Tennyson. St. Joseph Notre Dame trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the third inning, but scored one in the third and four in the fourth to take the lead for good. Pitcher Anekaila Crevani threw a complete game and struck out eight as St. Joseph entered the week with a 1-1 record.

    -- Curtis Pashelka

    On Deck

  • El Cerrito at Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, boys basketball, March 14, 7 p.m. -- The sixth-seeded Gauchos begin the CIF Northern regional Open Division playoffs with a road game against the No. 3 Monarchs, the Central Coast Section Open Division champions. The winner plays at No. 2 Capital Christian-Sacramento on March 18.

  • De Anza at St. Joseph Notre Dame, softball, March 14, 4 p.m. -- The Pilots hope to have a fast start to their league schedule as they host the Dons in their second Tri-County Athletic League game.

    Stars of the week

  • Sayeed Pridgett, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Pridgett led the Gauchos with 17 points in their 89-69 loss to Bishop O'Dowd in the North Coast Section Division III championship game.

  • Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman, Berkeley girls basketball -- The junior point guard scored 13 points in the first half and finished with 18 points in Berkeley's 57-47 loss to Deer Valley in the NCS Division I championship game.

  • Nick Adgar, Bishop O'Dowd baseball -- Adgar went 4 for 5 with four RBIs to help thee Dragons beat James Logan 15-1 in a nonleague game.