Homer lifts SRV past Amador Valley San Ramon Valley High sophomore Nick Moroney jolted host Amador Valley with a home run to left field off Tyler Staniford in the top of the eighth inning, spurring a three-run rally and a 4-1 Wolves win in East Bay Athletic League action April 18. The dramatic win, along with California's 7-5 victory over Foothill, has produced a three-way tie atop the EBAL among San Ramon Valley, California and De La Salle, each with 6-2 records entering this week. Amador Valley is 5-3. The tight game featured stellar pitching by Staniford, who hung a changeup with two strikes to Moroney after six straight scoreless innings. Wolves' left-handed reliever Conor Neumann limited the Dons to one hit over the final four innings and got the win. San Ramon Valley starter Conner Loar, like Staniford, settled down after allowing three hits in the first inning. He allowed no hits in the third or the fourth.
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Foothill makes final at own tournament The Foothill boys volleyball team advanced to the championship of its own Falcon Invitational on April 19 before losing in three games to red-hot Deer Valley 25-15, 20-25, 15-13 in what could be a preview of this year's North Coast Section Division I title match. Cory Frederickson had 16 kills and six digs to lead Foothill, which entered this week with an 24-4 record. Erik Thornally added eight kills and five digs in the championship match, and Jason Yeo had 23 assists and two aces.
Matadors stay in hunt for EBAL title The Granada softball team got a two-run home run from Taylor Zehr and another solid pitching performance from Jessica Johnston to earn a 5-1 EBAL win over Monte Vista on April 17. Zehr finished 3 for 4 at the plate and her homer in the sixth inning capped the scoring for the Matadors, who finished with eight hits. That was more than enough run support for Johnston, who allowed just four hits and had two strikeouts to improve to 14-2 on the season. Granada entered this week with a 5-1 record in league play, just one game back of first place Amador Valley.
Locals shine at Transbay Invitational Amador Valley's Alec Bommarito shot an even par 72 at Rossmoor Golf Club to finish in a tie for fourth at the Transbay Invitational on April 14. Ian Rodgers of California finished with a 73, five strokes back of winner Mikey Slesinski of Irvington. Amador Valley took third with a team score of 386, 18 strokes back of winner Marin Academy. Monte Vista (392) took fifth, California (396) was seventh, Granada (398) was eighth and Dublin (410) was ninth.
On deck Granada at Foothill, boys volleyball, April 24, 6 p.m. -- The Matadors and Falcons, which both entered the week with 7-1 records in the East Bay Athletic League, play each other as they try to get the inside track toward the league title. Granada beat Foothill in four games in the first EBAL meeting between the teams on March 18. Foothill at Carondelet, softball, April 29, 4 p.m. -- The Falcons, who entered this week having won four of their last six games, will try to keep their EBAL title hopes alive when they play the Cougars in Concord in what is a wild race for first place.
Stars of the week Cory Frederickson, Foothill boys volleyball -- Led the Falcons to the championship match of the Falcon Invitational, and had 16 kills and six digs in the three-game loss to Deer Valley in the final. Taylor Zehr, Granada softball -- Went 3 for 4, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, in the Matadors' 5-1 win over Monte Vista. Nick Moroney, San Ramon Valley baseball -- Moroney homered in the eighth inning to help lift the Wolves past Amador Valley 4-1 in a key EBAL game.