Relegated to enrollment divisions because of a playoff format change, West Catholic Athletic League baseball powers St. Francis, Bellarmine College Prep and Archbishop Mitty advanced as anticipated Wednesday to the Central Coast Section quarterfinals.
St. Francis did so with ease, scoring eight runs in the first inning on its way to a 10-0 rout of Half Moon Bay in Division II.
Bellarmine scored three early runs in a 4-0 victory over Lincoln-San Jose in Division I.
Mitty, meanwhile, found itself in a tense pitchers’ duel between its ace, WCAL pitcher of the year Josh Seward, and Westmont’s Austin Tremelling.
They matched one another zero for zero until Mitty finally broke through against Westmont’s bullpen in the home half of the eight, winning 1-0 in Division II as Joe Yorke’s walk brought home his brother, Nick, the WCAL’s player of the year, with the game-ending run.
Mitty, seeded third, advances to play No. 6 seed Burlingame in the quarterfinals Saturday. The Panthers blasted No. 11 seed Aptos 14-0.
St. Francis had no trouble in its game. Five singles, four walks and Cooper Foard’s two-RBI double — all in the first inning — accounted for eight runs.
The second-seeded Lancers never looked back as they move on to face No. 7 seed Pioneer or Monterey in the quarterfinals Saturday.
In Bellarmine’s win, the top-seeded Bells got run-scoring doubles from Connor Henriques and Reed Sparling, an RBI single from Matt Kao and a home run from Dustin Greenwood against 16th-seeded Lincoln.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports