Major Division Playoffs
Cubs 4, Red Sox 3: In a first round playoff match up, the no. 3 seeded Cubs and pitcher Oliver Purvis dueled the no. 6 seeded Red Sox's and Ty Hunter. After two innings the Sox led until Lucca Cost hit a two-run double to give the Cubs their first lead. The Sox's Emil Jellinek's game-tying RBI triple sent the game into extra innings. In the seventh inning, Takumi Crombie plated Eli Berrick with a double to win the game.
Giants 14, Tigers 10: The no. 2 Giants and pitchers Lanie Goldberg, Miles Dyke, Ethan Schnetz and Ben Huntington allowed just two earned runs in their first round playoff game against the no. 7 seeded Tigers. Giants hitters Blaine French, Dyke, Huntington, and Goldberg provided eight hits and eight runs. The Tigers' Marshall Wildmann and Mason Leonard bother went 3 for 3 and hurler Leonard kept the game within reach.
Rockies 7, Nationals 5: The no. 5 seeded Rockies turned in a very strong defensive performance behind five strong innings by Jack Ellis and two doubles by Jack O'Keefe. The Rockies defensive effort include a 6-4-3 double play by Domic Sykes, Ben Morgan, and Harper Eden, and an timely inning-ending catch by Emmett Gardella.
Pirates 9, A's 2: Rieth Collard recorded 13 strikeouts in a complete game gem to lead the top seeded Pirates to victory. The fourth seeded A's began the game with two runs but the Pirates immediately answered with two of their own with Collard providing the key hit. A two-run triple by Cameron Bonzell and a two-run double by Tyson Howard keyed a seven run third inning for the Pirates.
Tigers 5, Red Sox 3 In the consolation round, the seventh seeded Tigers eliminated the sixth seeded Red Sox behind pitcher Marshall Wildmann's six strong innings. Neo Radcliffe and Teo Surasky led the offense and Jackson Blazona and Saef Elbgal held up the defense with stellar glove work. Satchel Martin was pitching well when a sequence of errors by the Red Sox led to four runs for the Tigers.
Rays 15, Royals 2 In the first inning of their playoff game, the no. 3 seeded Rays blew out the Royals on the strength of an early three-run home run by Matthew Justice. Andrew Oster's sacrifice fly and Nathan Roehl's RBI single tacked on two more and the Rays never looked back, plating seven runs in the third behind Takeo Prather's double, Thomas Richardson's two-run double and Leo Kelly's two-run triple. In the last two innings, Richardson threw just nine pitches to end the game.
Rockies 11, Blue Jays 1 In their second playoff game the fifth seeded Rockies collected 15 hits and pitchers Keeshan Rama, Joseph Lewis, and Jack O'Keefe shut down the top-seeded Blue Jays in their first playoff game. O'Keefe and Jack Ellis hit two doubles, Nick Wrubel added three hits to lead the offense. Timely hits and strong defense sealed Rockies victory. The Jays were led by three scoreless innings of relief by Zach Kirchstetter's (2 1B). Max Davidoff played exceptional defense and Holden Smith had two hits.
Giants 9, Cubs 7: In their second playoff game, the third seeded Cubs ran out to a 6-0 lead behind Oliver Purves's pitching and key doubles by Takumi Crombie, Purves and a Giants' error. Second seeded-Giants and relievers, Blaine French, Ethan Schnetz and Lanie Goldberg quieted the Cubs and Giants scored four in the fourth when an plated Ben Huntington, Goldberg and Cas Graffagna. In the fifth French's error, RBI double scored the winning run.
Nationals 7, Tigers 6: The Fourth seeded Nationals eliminated the seventh seeded Tigers when Teo von Elgg stole home on an intentional walk, scoring his third run of the game. The Tiger's Anand Mehta struck out eight and Neo Radcliffe went three-for-three with a bases loaded double. The Nationals' Peace Nwakudu and Gus Buettner had a pair and Hugo May earned the win by finishing the game's last two plus perfect innings including five strikeouts.
Blue Jays 2, Cubs 1: This was the ultimate pitchers duel. Holden Smith came out of sick bay to pitch three and two thirds innings allowing only one run. Sam Nelson entered the game in the fourth to finish the game and allowed one base runner and gave up no runs. Zach Kirchstetter's fourth inning double tied the game and the Jays won on Sam Reagan's sixth inning walk off double.
Oakland Girls Softball League
Rage 11, Midnight Strikers 10: Both teams combined for 21 runs on 20 hits, including six extra base hits in an 11-10 Rage victory. For the Rage, Grace Goodsell, Kayla Goodwin, Samantha Patterson-Kohout and Essenia Robinson had multi-hit games. The Rage made several key defensive plays including catcher Ellie Novogradac's throw to second base to catch a runner stealing For the Strikers, Diana Pattillos went 2 for 3 and scored twice, and Sarah Barton also went 2 for 3 with her second home run in as many weeks. Sierra Jimenez held the Rage to just one run over the last two innings.
Roaring Tigers 9, Piedmont 0: The Roaring Tigers continue to play great team ball as the girls scored multiple runs in each inning with patient at-bats, timely hits and dominant pitching. Nia Burnett, Isabella Muldoon and Eta Lauti opened the scoring early, with Kallie Hansel and Georgia Henke contributing key hits. Leah Wildmann tossed two shutout innings to secure the win over the Lady Bandits.
Green Bombers 12, Riveters 11: A nail-biter between the Riveters and the Green Bombers ended in a game-winning walk by Bomber Charlotte Albert in a battle of an at-bat. For the Bombers, Eleanor Valentine showed impressive glove work at second base, and Rasia Thornton had two singles and four RBI. Riveters' Sofia Staley, Talula Birch, Olivia Dalton and Sidney Shah singled with Staley, Dalton and Shah plating runs. Southpaw Sidney Shah struck out batters in the first inning and relievers Olivia Dalton and Maddy Jones combined for three strikeouts, before Zoe Hindman shut the door with a quick fourth and fifth inning.
Roaring Tigers 9, Green Bombers 8: In a tightly contested and well-played game, the Roaring Tigers edged out the Green Bombers. After the Tigers took an early lead, the Bombers exploded for 8 combined runs in the 2nd & 3rd innings. The visiting Tigers rallied in the top of the last inning with four runs to preserve the victory.
Green Bombers 12, Purple Thunder 9: The playoff matchup between the Purple Thunder and the Green Bombers was one of the most exciting games of the season with nail-biting suspense until the final inning. Green Bomber doubles by Ahniah Wise, Leah Gutierrez, Rasia Thornton, singles by Jamie Burgasser, Leah Gutierrez and Ka-Naya Newton, runs by Ka-Naya Newton, Cecelia Thomsak, Leah Gutierrez, Ahniah Wise, Amina Hart, Charlotte Albert, Kaeli Martinet, Eleanor Valentine, on base by Elyse Brill and Mickey Dunstan. Strong pitching by Green Bombers Leah Gutierrez, Jamie Burgasser, Anadella Healy. Purple Thunder singles by Maya Mehta and Maggie Maurer, and runs by Miriam Learner, Kendall Maurer, Mckenna Lewis, Olivia Goodsell, Alice McCullough kept the game within reach. Shelby Patterson, Allison Flint, Liv Catalano and Ciara Cafaro also played well.
Purple Pirates 6, Red Vines 1: Emily Dolan (RBI), Hanalei Strub (2 RBI), Molly Reichmuth (2 2B, 2 RBI), and Sasha Ingham (2B, RBI) led the offense and went a perfect 8 for 8 to break open the game. Erin Forristal, Penny Chai, Nora Nash, and Giana Vedock also had hits in every at bat. Pitcher Rebecca Rotenberg worked well with Strub, Reichmuth, and Chai to limit the visitors to one run over four innings.
Piedmont Baseball Softball Foundation
Piedmont Walking Red 9, Orinda 5: Walking Red defeated Orinda in the Morindamont playoffs. Luke Harris pitched three-plus strong innings, Cal Barna held onto the early lead, and Ben Levinson closed out the win over top-seed Orinda. Jordan Hunt had two doubles and Robert Epstein had two hits and four RBI to lead the Red attack. Alfonso Hollingsworth made two fantastic plays at shortstop, and Henry Marchant also played well on defense.
Piedmont Reds 18, Piedmont Red Sox 18: The Reds jumped out to an early lead with eight extra base hits in the first two innings. Ryan McConathy and Brayden Day each homered and tripled. Griffen Stein also hit a home run and Drake Prata tripled. Nate Hart slugged two doubles. Tavian Roberts and Ben Elmquist added doubles on the day. The Reds were equally impressive in the field, with unassisted put outs by McConathy, Prata, and Elmquist. After a diving stop, Day threw from his knees to put out a runner at first, Andrew McLaughlin made a nice scoop for an out at first. The Red Sox staged late rallies in the fourth and fifth, sparked by home runs from Emmett Maxwell and Bosco Lorin. Lorin shutdown a late Reds rally with a long throw from third base to catch the runner at first and preserve the tie.
OGSL Rage 11, Piedmont Dragons 9: The Dragons Camille Creighton had a two singles, and scored twice, while Maxine Miller singled and scored and Nicole Shoptaugh hit a double. Kit Asa-Hauser roped a triple that put the Dragons ahead in the fourth inning and Eleanor Cooley made a nice catch to end the bottom half of the inning. For the Rage, Samantha Patterson-Kohout had a strong pitching performance and Kayla Goodwin's triple sparked a four-run rally to tie the game in the second.
Oakland Wildcats 7, Piedmont Silver Dolphins 0: Clare Murphy crushed a double in the second inning, while Lucy Filler and Avery Borjon sparked an offensive rally in the third inning but unfortunately the Dolphins couldn't maintain the momentum. Annabel Castronovo pitched a strong second inning, retiring the side with three strikeouts.