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Sports - May 15, 2009

San Ramon Valley High School sports wrapup

Men's baseball

In this the second to last week of the season the Wolves had a quite eventful week having to play three games. The Wolves went 2-1, winning 6-3 over Granada and an unbelievable comeback win over Cal High, 5-4. Then they lost against Foothill, going eight innings. The Wolves gave up a homerun in the top of the eighth and couldn't rally to keep the game going.

The game against Cal was by far the best game of the week. The Wolves had star pitcher Alex Palsha scheduled to start, but he only, made it two-thirds of an inning having to leave the game with a sore elbow. The Wolves were down four and battled back to steal a victory away from Cal.

The Wolves, who are 13-9, have already topped their win total from last year. San Ramon is only 5-7 in the East Bay Athletic League and has probably already earned a bid into the North Coast Section playoffs, but a win against either De La Salle or Monte Vista will lock their spot in the playoffs. Even though making the playoffs would be a huge accomplishment for this young Wolves team, they want to not just make it to the playoffs but they want to win it. The last time San Ramon won the NCS title was in 2004 and they were a huge underdog. But that team was very similar to this one, a team led by great pitching.

--Tanner Himmelman

Monte Vista High School sports wrapup

Baseball

After a great showing against their cross-town rival April 22, the Monte Vista baseball team has begun to show a little weariness. After scoring three runs against San Ramon, they have only been able to manage that type of run production again once, in a 17-0 win over Livermore. Since San Ramon, the Mustangs have dropped four of their last six games. They still have three more regular season games to get on track for NCS and with their stellar pitching, it is very possible that these Mustangs might make a deep run.

Softball

After defeating San Ramon the Monte Vista softball team has also been suffering from a letdown. They have since dropped games against Foothill, Granada, Cal and Carondelet. Their game against Cal came very close to having extra innings as the Mustangs only lost 3-2.

Women's Lacrosse

The Monte Vista girls lacrosse team has continued its dominating performance in EBAL. It finished the year undefeated in league and with only four losses overall. It currently has a seven-game winning streak with quality wins over Cal, San Ramon, Amador Valley and Granada. As a result, it has received the No. 1 seed for its efforts as well as a first round bye in the NCS championships. They will play the winner of the Redwood vs. Campolindo game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Men's Lacrosse

The men's lacrosse team has also been hot as of late going undefeated in its second half of EBAL play. Its last three games have been dramatic one-goal wins over De La Salle, Amador Valley and San Ramon. Because of these important victories, the Mustangs are riding that momentum straight into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. The only team seeded ahead of them is De La Salle, a team they most recently beat. The boys also have a first-round bye and will play the winner of the Miramonte vs. Foothill game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

--Troy Dillingham

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