With only eight games left in this season, the San Ramon baseball team has lived up to their great expectations. So far the Wolves are 11-5 overall and have just returned from a fourth-place finish in the San Luis Obispo tournament. That fourth-place finish isn't what the Wolves wanted but it is a great improvement comparing to last year's 11th place finish.
They started slow, losing to Buhach Colony, a very solid team from Atwater, 2-1, but then turned on the jets defeating Crespi High School and Agoura High with the scores being, respectively, 4-3 and 2-1. Even though they had a winning record to this point, San Ramon was not one of the top seeds in their bracket, dropping them into the consolation game, which they lost to Dos Pueblos High School, 9-7.
The Wolves had fun and gained much experience from the SLO Tournament but are geared up again for league play. Their next game was the biggest one of the year so far against arch rival Monte Vista, on Wednesday, April 22, after this newspaper goes to press. The Wolves needed to win this game if they still wanted a chance at a league title and a North Coast Section bid.
Monte Vista High School sports wrapup
by Troy Dillingham
Fresh off spring break, Monte Vista athletics were ready to get back into the normal routine of things. The baseball team looked to finish the Livermore Tournament strong after losing its opening round game to Irvington and it did, with a 5-0 win over Castro Valley and an 11-1 win over Pinole Valley. This set them up for a showdown with rival San Ramon on April 22.
The softball team showed improvements by winning its opening round game of the Livermore Stampede. Although the team went on to lose in the next two rounds, its next game is a league match up with San Ramon so you know the girls will be playing their best.
The men's lacrosse team had its game against San Ramon last week, falling in an 11-10 thriller where the Mustangs at one point found themselves down by six. Their comeback was just short as San Ramon goalie Michael Schleicher made a save with his leg as time expired to prevent Monte Vista sophomore Casey Hock from forcing overtime.
The women's lacrosse team played an East Coast power, Baker High School from Baldwinsville, N.Y. Although they lost, the Mustangs learned a lot from playing this high caliber opponent and used what they learned to defeat rival San Ramon, 14-8. The girls' lacrosse team now sits comfortably in first place in the East Bay Athletic League.