When Granada lost to Benicia in pool play at the Livermore Stampede, Livermore School’s chances of celebrating the championship were not great.
But the Matadors reached the championship flight by beating Heritage and avoiding a pool-play tiebreaker with Heritage and Benicia. Granada scored the lowest of the three.
On Saturday, Grenada beat Whitney-Rocklin 7-4 in the semifinals and then Sheldon-Sacramento 6-3 in the final. Sheldon recorded a 6-4 win over top-ranked Bay Area News Group team St. Francis in the semifinals.
Grenada wasted no time in taking command of the championship game, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second, on their way to winning the prestigious tournament for the first time ever.
Makayla Winchell helped take the lead by defeating Homer by two runs in the second as third-placed Granada improved to 15-1.
St. Francis defeated Whitney 8–0 to finish third.
The Lancers also finished third a week earlier at another marquee tournament, the Mitchell Carew Classic in Orange County.
After losing in the semi-finals to Sheldon, St Francis drew 2–2 with a run in the fourth. But the Sacramento School responded with three in the fifth and went on to win.
Bang’s second-ranked team, Archbishop Mitty, defeated fourth-ranked Livermore 5-1 to finish fifth.
No. 1 Palo Alto 17, Burlingame 2
Playing for the first time in a week, Palo Alto scored three in the first, four in the second, three in the third and four more in the fourth, en route to hosts Burlingame’s non-league.
Charlie Bates scored 3 for 3 with five RBIs and Henry Bolte scored 3 for 3, scoring five runs and knocking in four to secure the Vikings’ 13th consecutive win (15-1).
Palo Alto will next face off at the prestigious Boras Classic, starting Tuesday in the Sacramento area.
Burlingame fell 8-6.
No. 5 Foothills 6, Redwood 2
Foothill overcame an early two-run deficit to capture their own tournament, the Service Champions Classic, with a win over Redwood.
Pleasanton School took the lead with two points in second and four in fifth.
Brendan Comerford, Peyton Macmillan and Evan Bilter had two hits each for Foothill, which improved to 15–1.
Tyler Gabe played six innings of a two-run ball, and Comerford scored seventh to end the game.
Redwood is 13-5.
Westmont 18, No. 14 Homestead 1
In a 1–1 draw, Westmont scored 10 runs in the third and added two in the fourth and five in the fifth and defeated the hosts Homestead in a non-league game called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Andrew Paxton, Sean Chen and Kimo Robb scored three each for Westmont (11-3). Paxton hit two doubles and Raub hit a double and a triple.
Mason Pound allowed one run in three innings and Robb played two scoreless innings as Westmont extended their winning streak to seven.
Homestead fell to 11-7.
track and Field
Fremont-Sunnyvale junior Amare Harlan gave himself a day on Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational, the annual event one of the best high school meets in the country.
Competing in the prestigious invitational events, he finished third in the long jump and fifth in both the 100 and 200, all with individual-best scores.
Harlan jumped 19-7 in the long jump and scored 100 in 11.92 and 200 in 24.44.
His Fremont teammate, Kathir Balakrishnan, finished second in the boys’ 300 hurdles invitational, reaching the finish line in a junior individual-record 37.54.
Bellarmine’s 4×800 boys’ relay team – Tanish Chettiar, Tommy Snisarski, Yanashita Rick, Ben Pinkel – finished first in the invitational race in 7:45.79.
Other meetup highlights:
– Los Gatos senior Hannah Glover finished fourth in the girls’ invitational high jump with a personal best of 5-8.
– El Camino senior Yutaka Roberts placed fifth in the boys’ invitational 800 (personal-record 1:52.11).
– Albany senior Sofia Nordenholz finished sixth in the girls’ invitational 3,200 (10:14.32).
– St. Francis team of Sabrina Zanetto, Hinako Yamamoto, Krystle Elkins and Lillian Klaber finished third in the 4×800 Invitational Relay (9:24.89).
– St. Francis Caitlin Seeley, Anna Fawcett, Yamamoto and Zanetto placed fifth in the girls’ 4×1,600 girls’ invitational relay in 21:13.67.
– Palo Alto was fifth in the 4×1,600 boys’ invitational relay, clocking a time of 17:40.39 by the team of Matteo Feselmeier, James Miller, John (JT) Bard and Eoin O’Connell.