The Campolindo High baseball team earned its third consecutive 2-0 win in the postseason -- this time over visiting Clayton Valley Charter on Wednesday in the North Coast Section Division II semifinals.
Left-hander Trent Shelton tossed a three-hitter to win a pitchers' duel with Ryan Snyder, and Brett Stephens hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
No. 2 seeded Campolindo (20-6-1) will face No. 1 Casa Grande (27-2) in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Santa Rosa Junior College, when the Cougars will vie for a fourth consecutive NCS championship.
The Cougars have won 15 straight games.
"Our pitching and defense has been there all year," Stephens said.
Stephens' second home run of the season came with one out and sophomore Adam Remotto on first base after a leadoff single -- the Cougars' second hit off Snyder.
Shelton pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the fifth, setting the stage for Stephens.
"I felt good," Shelton said. "I felt the stuff is there, and I knew that my defense would be behind me the whole time."
Snyder, who allowed three hits over 42/3 innings, kept the Cougars scoreless in the bottom of the fourth after two runners reached third base. Campo's Robbie Tenerowicz was tagged out at home after getting caught in a rundown. Then Scott Singh grounded out to third baseman Josh Ballard to end the threat.
Clayton Valley (22-5) also advanced to the NCS semifinals in 2010 and 2011 after winning the title in 2009.
Amador Valley 9, Granada 7: Nick Carney's grand slam capped a five-run fourth inning for the Dons (17-10), who held off a late rally by the host and top-seeded Matadors (24-2) to advance to the NCS Division I championship game.
After an infield error and walks to both Daniel Jackson and Bradley Pluschkell, Carney fouled off several pitches before his home run gave Amador Valley a 7-1 lead.
With his team trailing 9-1 in the sixth inning, Granada's Ryan Kirby hit an RBI double to sparked a three-run rally. In the seventh inning, Granada scored three more runs but with two runners on base, a pop fly ended the game.
James Logan 1, California 0: RaeAnn Garza has a knack for delivering in big games. The Logan senior came through again in the NCS Division I semifinals, leading the Colts over the host Grizzlies and into the championship game for the fourth straight year.
Garza pitched a three-hit shutout and also drove in the Colts' lone run in the top of the sixth inning. After Clarissa Blaquera led off with a single, Garza ripped a double to deep center to easily plate the run.
"For a little one, she comes up in big games," Logan coach Teri Johnson said of her four year starting pitcher. "Big player, key player."
Now Garza and the No. 3 seeded Colts (25-1) will try to win their third NCS crown in four seasons. Logan faces No. 5 Freedom in the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's College.
Cal pitcher Lindsey Chalmers struck out 10. But the Grizzlies offense couldn't find a way to give her any run support.
Cal (21-5) had its opportunities against Garza, the best being a two-on, no-out situation in the second. A diving grab by first baseman Melina Rodriguez on a popped-up bunt helped end the rally.
Blaquera adding a diving catch in the third inning to rob Kwyn Cooper of a hit.
Cal stranded six base runners total but went down in order after Logan took the lead.
-- Stephanie Hammon
Clayton Valley Charter 10, Alhambra 5: Shannon Mestas hit two home runs and was dominant over the first five innings to lead the Eagles (22-3) over the host Bulldogs (23-3-1) in the NCS Division II semifinals.
Mestas was coming off a start where she walked eight in a second-round win over Maria Carrillo-Santa Rosa. This time she was sharp early, walking two through five innings against one run on one hit and eight strikeouts.
With the victory, the Eagles will play Diablo Valley Athletic League rival Concord in the championship Friday at 5 p.m. at Saint Mary's College. The Eagles and the Minutemen split two meetings this season.
Mestas' first homer came in the top of the fifth, a solo shot to up the Clayton Valley lead to 4-1. The Eagles batted around and blew the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs. Mestas hit a three-run homer to center field. Rachel Siver added a two-run double.
The two home runs gave Mestas seven on the season, a school record according to coach Kristen Morley.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent