Johanna Grauer wasn't about to let another one of her stellar pitching performances go to waste.
After shutting down a potent California lineup for 10 innings, the Amador Valley junior stepped to the plate and delivered one of the more spectacular hits of her high school career.
Grauer crushed a two-run homer well over the 195-foot fence in left field, making Amador Valley 2-0 walk-off winners against visiting Cal in a meeting between two of the East Bay's premier softball teams.
The Dons' win avenged a loss to the Grizzlies earlier this season and brought the two squads into a tie for first place in the East Bay Athletic League standings.
"At that point it wasn't like I was swinging for the fences," Grauer said. "I was just trying to connect well. I was actually thinking runner on third, one out, a deep fly ball will be enough."
Grauer rounded the bases after her first homer of the season to chants of "MVP" from a packed house at Amador Valley.
Besides getting the game-winning hit, she struck out 19 batters and allowed just two base runners in 10 innings -- a walk in the first and an infield single to opposing pitcher Lindsey Chalmers in the third. Grauer, who was at the tail end of a bout of strep throat, retired 24 straight to end the game.
Chalmers matched Grauer through nine scoreless innings before the international tiebreaker rule came into effect. Both teams started the 10th inning with a runner on second base, and Grauer induced a pop-up on a bunt attempt and got two strikeouts in the top half of the inning.
In the bottom half, the Dons (20-2, 11-1 EBAL) got their runner to third with one out on a sacrifice bunt by Samantha Salustri. That set the stage for Grauer, who did more than enough to plate the winning run.
Krista Williams and Nicole Yozzo were each 2 for 4, but Chalmers was able to extinguish all Amador Valley rallies until the 10th inning. Chalmers struck out eight and allowed six hits.
Should Amador Valley and Cal (18-4, 11-1) each win their final two league games next week, Amador Valley will clinch the automatic bid to the North Coast Section Division I tournament by virtue of winning the teams' second meeting of the season.
Castro Valley 18, Arroyo 8: Freshman Traci Shaw went 3 for 5 with seven RBIs to lead the host Trojans, who beat the Dons to clinch the WACC-Foothill Division regular season title.
Shaw had two doubles and hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to highlight a seven-run fifth that gave Castro Valley (17-7, 12-2 WACC) a 15-8 lead. Jillian Ceccanti also hit a home run for the Trojans, who finished with 20 hits.
Heather Rygg and Ikeyia Alexander each had two hits and two RBIs for Arroyo (18-5, 11-2).
Track and field
WACC trials: It wasn't surprising that it took national leaders Sasha Wallace and Nate Moore of Castro Valley only one attempt to take control of their triple jump finals at the West Alameda County Conference trials at Castro Valley.
Wallace, who has the best girls high school mark in the nation with a wind-legal 42 feet, 4 inches, according to DyeStat.com, jumped before the board on her only attempt and sailed 38-51/2 (wind-aided) for the victory.
Moore, who has the best wind-legal jump in the nation (49-10) according to DyeStat.com, used a short, six-step approach to fly 43-4 on his first attempt and 45-0 on his final attempt in his victory. Both marks were wind-legal. All field events in Thursday's meet were finals.
Bishop O'Dowd's Eugene Hamilton III, who leads the state in the boys 800 meters according to PrepCalTrack.com, advanced easily in both that event (2 minutes, 2.99 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:50.00). He won heats in both events.
-- Phil Jensen