NOLL playoffs

Majors Division

Giants 20, Rockies 10: The Giants' Ben Huntington hit a mammoth homer and knocked in eight runs in the NOLL championship game over the Rockies. Teammates Alex Bernius, Andrew Bernius, Rudy Broome, Justin Chhim, Matthew Drake, Miles Dyke, Blaine French, Lanie Goldberg, Cas Graffagna, Ben Huntington, Andrew Hutton, Joseph Picchi and Ethan Schnetz contributed in the championship win.

Giants 17, Rockies 10: After pitching a 1-2-3 first inning in a NOLL semifinal contest, Blaine French ignited a four-run rally in the bottom half of the frame and the Giants never looked back. Ben Huntington, Miles Dyke, Justin Chhim and Andrew Bernius added to the Giants offensive explosion. Lanie Goldberg hurled three strong innings as the Giants advanced to the NOLL finals.

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Bronco Division

Bedrock Bombers 15, Walking Red 11: The Bedrock Bombers won the Bronco Morindamont championship on June 8 in extra innings. The tense game saw the Red with a 4-2 lead after one inning, but the Bombers picked up two runs on Tommy Smegal's sacrifice in the second. In the fourth inning, Connor Gillikin's home run capped a five-run rally for the Bombers. Highlights included Jordan Hunt's bases-loaded triple for the Red and Justin Katter's RBI bunt single for the Bombers. In the bottom of the seventh, the Red scored two runs to tie the game but defensive plays by Alex Hilton, Cole Canine and Kyle Smith kept the game tied. After four strong innings, Red pitcher Luca Valdez-Kaminsky gave up several runs and the Bombers offense broke the game open. Kyle Spanier earned the win for the Bombaers.


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Walking Red 9, Nitrogen 7: Walking Red continued their playoff run to beat the top-ranked Nitrogen. Ben Levinson and Luke Harris combined for 14 strikeouts in six innings of work. The Red had key hits from Spencer Stein and Alfonso Hollingsworth in his first game after returning from the DL. Julian Scherman came up with the final three outs, with Luca Valdez-Kaminsky making a great play at second to close out the win.

Walking Red 13, Bombers 7: The Red used strong defense and excellent pitching to beat the previously-undefeated Bombers. Ben Levinson, Luke Harris, and Julian Scherman all pitched well, and Alfonso Hollingsworth earned the save. Jordan Hunt drove in four runs, while Robert Epstein and Nathan Reese added clutch hits. Reese also made several sparkling defensive plays.

Walking Red 13, Orinda 11: Jordan Hunt pitched four strong innings, and Ben Levinson, Luke Harris, Alfonso Hollingsworth, and Julian Scherman paced the offense. Cal Barna also pitched well, while Henry Marchant and Emmet Keady turned in good defensive plays.

Pinto Division

Piedmont Reds 12, Piedmont Twins 7: In the fifth inning, Drake Prata came through with a clutch double that sparked an eight-hit five-run rally that propelled the Piedmont Reds into the semifinals of the Pinto division tournament. Tavian Roberts drove in three runs and Max Goldfarb went a perfect 3 for 3 on the day. Griffen Stein (2 1B, 3B, 2 R), Nate Hart (1B, 2B) and Torsten Olsen (2 1B, 2 R) paced the offense. Miguel Long and Nikolas Markopoulos added key RBI singles late in the game. The Reds defense was led by stellar play from Andrew McLaughlin, Brayden Day, Ryan McConathy and Ben Elmquist. For the Twins, Charlie Votel led the offense with a home run in the sixth inning. George Stein and Liam Rasey contributed two singles apiece, while Will Jacobson and Joe Foster added timely base hits. Mateo DeVries anchored the defense.

Softball

U14-U12 Division

Piedmont Dragons 9, OGSL Riptide 7: Pitchers Maeve Gilbert and Nicole Shoptaugh turned excellent defense and combined for six strikeouts. Gilbert had her second 1-3 double play of the weekend, after catching a come-backer and throwing out the runner at first. Gilbert went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Shoptaugh scored and hit a double. Nina Tafaposky, Kate Gustke and Addie Darden all went 2 for 3. Erin Sturdivant and Anna Smegal had key hits for the Dragons. Riptide pitchers' Olivia and Marissa Petty were solid, with Marissa adding two singles, a double and two runs at the plate. Ruby Marshal added a key base hit and also scored a run.

Piedmont Dragons 4, Piedmont Surge 4: For the Dragons, pitchers Nicole Shoptaugh and Maeve Gilbert combined for 12 strikeouts. At the plate, Gilbert hit two doubles and Shoptaugh drew three base on balls and scored a run. Surger pitcher Caroline Strauch kept the game close and had six strikeouts. Addie Darden had a timely double, and Nina Tafapolsky went 2 for 3. The Dragons threw out a runner at third and also turned a key double-play to end a scoring threat, when Gilbert caught a fly ball then doubled up the runner at first. Kyle-Ann Heller robbed Erin Sturdivant of an extra bas hit, with a tough catch in left field. Heller, Katherine Weisbrock and Gracie Ellis led the Surge offense with timely hits.

U8 Division

Piedmont Purple Pony Express 5, Piedmont Silver Dolphins 2: Hedy Friedman and Leah Bell both hit doubles to power the Pony offense. Dolphins' pitchers Annabel Castronovo and Clare Murphy struck out 11 batters and kept the game within reach. Pony Express pitchers Eden Loren, Lauren Jull, Hanna Ward and Hailey Ronen all had their best games of the season and held off a furious rally in the fifth inning. Murphy, Castronovo, Julia White and Eva Wagg led the Dolphins offense.

Piedmont Purple Pony Express 12, Oakland Wildcats 2: Gracie "Disco" Hall made her pitching debut and struck out the first batter. "Steady" Hedy Friedman also pitched a strong inning and helped her own cause with a three-run home run and an RBI double.

Piedmont Purple Panthers 11, Oakland Sapphire Fairies 0: Molly Wagner and Sammy Schwartz drove in two runs each and Elizabeth Wiesbrock added a key base hit and scored a run to pace the Panthers offense. Defensively, Ginger Gardner and Gretchen Gerhardy both struck out the side, while Quinn Reilly shut the door by striking out five of the final six batters.

Piedmont Purple Panthers 12, Piedmont Silver Dolphins 2: For the Panthers, Julia Banuelos and Phoebe Church each were a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Heather Stoneman added two hits and Julia Caputo and Kitkat Melian contributed run-scoring singles. Anna Gotto, Stoneman and Quinn Reilly pitched for the Panthers. Julia White, Eva Swei, Maddie Hill and Eva Wagg pitched very well for the Silver Dolphins, while Avery Borjon and Taylor Rolefson both had singles and scored runs to pace the offense. Annabel Castronovo legged out an infield single with great hustle.