Local Roundup: Amaral’s homer lifts Palma into the playoffs

10-05-2019 17:05

It was time to bounce.

J.T. Amaral’s walk-off three-run homer Thursday catapulted the Palma baseball team to a 6-3 win over Alisal High and into the Central Coast Section playoffs.

The Chieftains, who finished in sixth place in the Gabilan Division, were facing Alisal, third-place finishers in the Mission Division, in a play-in game for the postseason.

Palma (14-12) will be seeded Sunday into the CCS playoffs, most likely in Division II. Alisal (16-11) can still qualify for the playoffs as an at-large team.

The Chieftains, who trailed 1-0 in the first inning, tied the game on a Jerry Flores solo homer.

Stevenson 10, North Salinas 7: Tyler Garrett had three hits as the Pirates outscored North Salinas in their season finale.

Josh Peyton and Skye Franklin each had two hits for Stevenson. Alec Romans got the final out in his final game to earn the save.

Joseph Salmeron struck out four in four-plus innings for North Salinas. Bryan Serrano doubled and scored a run while Bryan Sandoval added a double and scored two runs.

Gonzales 12, Pajaro Valley 2: Isaiah Banuelos had three hits and drove in three runs as the Spartans defeated Pajaro Valley in their season finale.

Michael Duby added three hits and knocked in a pair of runs for Gonzales. Manny Vargas struck out five in four innings of work to pick up the win.

Softball

North Salinas 12, St. Francis 4: The Vikings are going back to the CCS playoffs after defeating Cypress Division champion St. Francis of Watsonville in a play-in game.

North Salinas, which finished third in the Mission Division, improved to 12-10 overall.

Jade Contapay and Kiely Ganadan hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for the Vikings.

Bella Contreras, Veronica Mendoza and Contapay all had three hits while Stella Castillo, Sofia Gombos and Kalissa Salas all collected two hits.

Alvarez 7, Gonzales 1: Aliyah Robles doubled twice and scored two runs as the Eagles knocked off Santa Lucia Division champion Gonzales to advance to the CCS playoffs.

Victoria Castillo had two hits and stole three bases for Alvarez while Stephanie Vasquez struck out seven to get the win.

The Eagles finished second in the Mission Division to Carmel.

College baseball

CSUMB: Outfielder Kyle Dean was named to the California Collegiate Athletic Association first team for the Otters, who are taking part this weekend in the conference tournament in Stockton.

Dean, who transferred from Brigham Young University, hit .346 for the Otters with a team-high 11 stolen bases and 41 walks.

The junior hit three homers and drove in 27 runs. He also scored 45 runs this spring and sported a .480 on-base percentage.

Named to the second team for CSUMB was pitcher Greg Steinbeck. The San Benito High graduate was 6-0 with a 2.79 earned run average.

Outfielder TJ Dove, second baseman Kyle Czaplak and designated hitter Kokko Figueiredo were all honorable mention selections.

Dove hit .305, scoring 44 runs and driving in 34. Czaplak, a Pacific Grove product, drove in 39 runs with 16 extra base hits, while Figueiredo hit .333, scoring 49 runs.

Czaplak and Dove were first-team selections last year for CSUMB.

CSUMB 8, Stanislaus State 2: Kyle Dean, Nick Sheehan and Brian Morley all homered as the Otters advanced into the semifinals of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The Otters have hit five homers in two tournament games. Morley drove in three runs, giving him 52 on the season. Sheehan drove in two runs while TJ Dove had two hits.

Daniel Harris allowed just two runs in eight innings for CSUMB. Parker Fokken hurled the ninth.

 

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