MORAGA -- It's tough to top what the Acalanes High baseball team has done the past week.

After Johnny York pitched the Dons into the North Coast Section Division III championship with a perfect game, Acalanes finished its season off in style with a 4-3 win over Analy-Sebastopol on Saturday at Saint Mary's College to claim its third straight NCS crown.

"I've been in baseball playing and coaching my whole life," Acalanes coach Justin Santich-Hughes said. "I've never, in a four-day span, seen anything like this."

Andrew Merken went the distance on the mound for the top-seeded Dons (20-7) and Tyler Supple went 2 for 4 with a key two-run double. It's the third time the senior Merken has pitched the decisive game to deliver a section title to Acalanes.

"It's been incredible," Merken said. "It's hard to find a group of guys that want it that bad to win it three times in a row."

York delivered the Dons to this point Wednesday when he struck out 15 in a 1-0 perfect game win over Sonoma Valley.

"It was real fun. I tried to stay focused by making sure nobody gets a hit," York said. "The pressure was never really big until the seventh and then I felt a ton of it. Then I just focused on getting the batters out."

Acalanes scored an unearned run in the first when Jack Veasey was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Dons added on in the second when Supple crushed a pitch that bounced off the warning track in the left field to make it 3-0.


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No. 3 seed Analy (23-6) got back in the game with two runs in the third. Acalanes got one run back in the fourth on an RBI single by Veasey.

The Tigers made it interesting in the seventh. Dylan Mathias singled, stole second and moved to third on a groundout with two outs. Evan Hill walked and Garrett Hill drove in a run with an RBI single.

With the tying run at second, Merken struck out Jacob McKnight swinging to end it.

"Merken's been overcoming things his entire career," Santich-Hughes said. "That was his third start in a championship game. There's nobody else I'd rather have up there than Merken in that situation."

It's easy for the Dons to be overshadowed while playing in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League with Campolindo, perennially one of the top teams in the area who won its fourth straight NCS Division II title Saturday.

"It helps to play a caliber of team that they are. It has to help," Santich-Hughes said of Campolindo. "And we schedule hard in our nonleague too. Cal High, San Ramon Valley. We don't like to duck opponents. We challenge ourselves because the only way to win in the playoffs is to be battle-tested."

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