PACIFICA -- The two hottest teams in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division hooked up Friday with first place on the line.
It was Carlmont (14-9-1, 7-3) that stayed hot, winning its sixth in a row, 5-3 over host Terra Nova, as the Scots took over first place.
"That was almost a perfect game,'' said second baseman Kyle Barret, who homered and doubled. "We played error-free, not too many walks.
"Going into the season we knew we had a good team, but we hit a rough spot. Now we're starting to click. Our team chemistry is really good.''
Terra Nova (13-9, 6-3) had a three-game winning streak broken and is now one-half game behind Carlmont.
"They've got our number,'' Terra Nova coach Joey Gentile said. "They beat us twice last year and now two times this year.''
It was a homecoming for Carlmont coach Rich Vallero, who grew up in Pacifica and graduated from Terra Nova in 1990.
"This place is always special for me,'' Vallero said. "You take a lot of pride in coming back to where you are from after being successful at another part of the Peninsula.''
Matt Seubert (3-3) pitched a complete-game six-hitter, walking two and striking out three, despite not having his best stuff.
"I had to pitch instead of throw,'' Seubert said. "I had to let the defense do its work and just throw strikes.''
Barret, an Arkansas-Little Rock signee, went into the game batting .432. His RBI double in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and put the Scots ahead for good. He homered to left-center in the fifth.
"It was a change-up, up in the strike zone,'' Barret said. "I stayed back on it. My first two at-bats I was swinging early, so I wanted to stay back.''
Jacob Martinez, batting .486 on the season for Terra Nova, went 2 of 3 and scored two runs. Anthony Gordon, playing his fifth game since coming back from a broken wrist, rifled a double down the right-field line on the first pitch he saw. Sophomore left-hander Jared Milch (4-3) got the loss.
If the Scots hold on to first place in the PAL Bay they will be part of the inaugural Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.
"Bring it on,'' Seubert said. "It's baseball. Anything can happen on any given day.''
Three years ago Carlmont pulled a huge upset as a No. 16 seed, beating No. 1 St. Francis in the opening round.
"It's an exciting opportunity,'' Barret said. "I would be excited for the challenge.''
"We're playing with some confidence and momentum,'' Vallero said. "And we just got a key player back.''
Vallero was referring to junior shortstop Aaron Pleschner, who has given an oral commitment to San Jose State.
"We'll lay it all on the line,'' Vallero said.