After Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Foothill, San Ramon Valley knew it would have to dig deep if it wanted to win. They found that power in Candau's bottom-of-the -n a 1-1 pitch against Foothill reliever Alex Law, Candau knocked a low line drive to right field. The home settled the 3-2 score.
The Falcons (1-1 EBAL, 7-2) had the lead at 2-0 in the second inning off hard-throwing SRV starter Scott Griggs, who hit 90 mph a few times during his 4-inning stint and struck out six. The Wolves battled back in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Erik Reveal.
After the Wolves secured the lead, San Ramon's closer Ryan Palsha held off the Falcons through a dicey seventh inning.
Foothill's Michael Chinn threatened a comeback when he opened the inning with a double to left field, his third hit of the day. Palsha then struck out Steve Carroll on an 87 mph fastball, but that only brought up cleanup hitter Troy Channing.
Palsha fell behind 2-0 and eventually semi-intentionally walked Channing on a 3-1 pitch. With the tying and go-ahead runners on base, Palsha refocused and got Justin Serrao - who drove in two runs, one a homerun, in Wednesday's game - to fly out harmlessly to center fielder Ryan Lucas to end the game. The Wolves, who are 6-4 overall, improved their league record to 1-1.
Monte Vista rounded out its preseason with an 8-0 win over Washington (Fremont). The Mustangs (6-3) who earned 11 hits and no errors came out strong, scoring six of their eight runs in the first two innings. Austin Stewart earned four RBI's for his team; Brandon Sweeny, Chip Tengler, Taylor Gigliotti and Cody Burman also brought home runners. Tengler, who is starting pitcher for the Mustangs, recorded five strikeouts. The boys will head into league play this week with back-to-back games against Livermore High.
The drought continued for Monte Vista girls through their away game league openers. On Tuesday the Mustangs lost to Foothill 2-5; on Thursday they lost to California 3-4.
The Mustangs (0-2 EBAL, 5-4) earned a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, but California (1-1, 8-1) battled back. Their run in the sixth tied the game and they scored again in the seventh to win.
San Ramon Valley girls opened their league run with a 3-4 win over Granada. While Granada (0-2 EBAL, 6-3) was the first to break the stalemate that lasted through four innings, the Wolves (1-0 EBAL, 8-1) answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Granada pulled ahead with a run in the eighth but the Wolves came back with two runs in the eighth to win.
Track and field
Monte Vista's Chris Krychev shattered school and regional records with a 180 foot 9 inch discus throw at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. His throw passed Monte Vista school records by more than 10 feet and moved him into ninth-place all-time in the region for the event. The senior earned second-place in the boys competition. Only two other high schoolers from the region have thrown farther than Krychev in the last 16 years.
San Ramon Valley golfers earned a 197-229 victory over Granada at the Poppy Ridge Golf Course on Friday. The win improves the Wolves' record 4-3 EBAL. Monte Vista, which leads the East Bay Athletic league with a 6-1 record also came up with a win last week, beating Foothill 179-188.
Amanda Nesport and Erin McGillivray scored twice for the Wolves who lost to the undefeated Amador Valley 14-6 last week. San Ramon Valley stands 0-2 in league and 4-5 overall.
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