Hoerner pitches Head-Royce to win The Head-Royce baseball team breezed through its North Coast Section Division V quarterfinal playoff game on May 23, beating St. Vincent 10-0 in five innings. Nico Hoerner was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and also pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Ben Hoxie was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Jayhawks. Sami Tuqan was 1 for 1 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in the victory. The result of No. 1 seed Head-Royce's semifinal game against No. 4 Stuart Hall on May 27 was unavailable at press time.
Pair of Pilots teams move on in playoffs Both the St. Joseph Notre Dame baseball and softball teams advanced to the North Coast Section Division V semifinals on May 28. Results were unavailable at press time. The Pilots baseball team received a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks from Robert Hansen in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Bentley on May 23. Teammate Angel Munoz was 2 for 3, and Joseph Ratto hit a double for the third-seeded Pilots, who traveled to face No. 2 Branson in the semifinals. St. Joseph Notre Dame also shut out South Fork 7-0 in the first round on May 20. Steve Manzo and Satchel Fisher combined on a four-hitter, and Hansen went 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the win. Teammate Angel munoz was 2 for 2 with a run scored. The Pilots softball team beat Valley Christian 11-2 to advance to the Division V semifinals. Anekalia Crevani struck out eight batters and also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, and two runs scored. Teammate Gina Bonardi was 3 for 5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. St. Joseph Notre Dame, the No. 5 seed, beat No. 12 Urban 13-3 in the first round. Bonardi and Crevani both had three hits in the win, and Crevani had a home run and three RBIs. Teammate Eileen Rhatigan was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBIs and a triple in the victory.
On deck NCS Meet of Champions, track and field, May 30-31 -- The top three placers in each final at Cal's Edwards Stadium automatically advance to the CIF state championships on June 6-7 in Clovis. NCS championship games, baseball and softball, May 30-31 -- Entering this week, the local teams still alive in the NCS playoffs were Berkeley's baseball team (Division I), Encinal's softball team (Division III), St. Mary's baseball team (Division IV), Head-Royce's baseball team (Division V) and St. Joseph Notre Dame's baseball and softball teams (Division V).
Stars of the week Maddie Baum, Piedmont girls lacrosse -- Baum scored four goals and passed for an assist in the Highlanders' 13-9 victory over Miramonte in the NCS Division II semifinals on May 20, then she produced four goals in Piedmont's 21-9 loss to defending champion Acalanes in the championship game on May 22. Nico Hoerner, Head-Royce baseball -- Hoerner was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Jayhawks' 10-0 victory over St. Vincent in a NCS Division V quarterfinal game on May 23. Noah Bremer, Berkeley baseball -- Bremer first threw a six-hitter and allowed only one earned run while going 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs in a 7-2 upset of No. 4 seed California in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs on May 20. He then drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and pitched three shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over No. 5 seed Granada on May 24. Berkeley is the No. 13 seed. Isabella Deatherage, Encinal softball -- Deatherage was 1 for 3 with a triple and all four Encinal RBIs in a 4-3, eight-inning victory over Eureka in a NCS Division III quarterfinal game on May 23. Robert Hansen, St. Joseph Notre Dame baseball -- Hansen fired a two-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks as the Pilots beat Bentley 3-0 in a NCS Division V quarterfinal game on May 23. He also went 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in a 7-0 victory over South Fork on May 20. Chloe Jenkins, St. Mary's girls track and field -- Jenkins had the top times in the 400 meters (57.15 seconds) and the 800 (2:15.90) and also anchored two winning Panthers relay teams at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships on May 24 in Castro Valley. Kayla Robinson, El Cerrito girls track and field -- Robinson had the top time in the 100-meter low hurdles (14.34 seconds), and the second-fastest time in the 100 (12.24) and the 300 low hurdles (45.36) at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships on May 24 in Castro Valley.