No. 3 Hillsdale 16, No. 15 Aptos 1
The Knights continued their assault on CCS pitching as they moved into the Division II championship by beating up the Mariners at Los Gatos High School.
It was Hillsdale’s third straight mercy-rule win in the playoffs.
Hillsdale (17-7) immediately put pressure on Aptos (16-10) by scoring four times in the top of the first inning. The Mariners scored their only run in the bottom of the inning, but the Knights answered with a two-run second for a 6-1 lead. They then dropped the hammer, scoring five runs in each of the third and fourth innings to finish off a 15-run, mercy-rule win after four inning.
Hillsdale was a hitting machine Thursday, banging out 18 hits — half of which were doubles. Sophomore Mika Chong had three two-baggers on the day and joined with Kealani Cardona to drive in five runs each. Chong was 4 for 4 on the day, Cardona went 3 for 3, with a pair of doubles.
Addison Eftekhari went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and three RBIs, Brianna Santos added a pair of hits, both doubles, and drove in a run. Hayley Ahlvin and Alex Bunton each drove in a run as well for the Knights.
That was more than enough offense for Cardona, who earned the win in the circle and has allowed only two runs through three games.
The Knights will face fifth-seeded Pioneer at 10 a.m. Saturday at PAL Stadium in San Jose. The Mustangs upset top-seeded Valley Christian 6-2.
No. 3 Monte Vista Christian 7, No. 2 Menlo School 5, 11 innings
The Mustangs scored three runs in the top of the 11th to eliminate the Knights in the semifinals of the CCS Division III bracket.
Menlo (17-10) scrapped and clawed to stay in the game. Down 3-0, Menlo scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. The Knights then forced extra innings on a JC Ng RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. Menlo had a chance to win it in the eighth, when it loaded the bases with no outs, but could not push a run across.
The Menlo defense then did its job when Ng gunned done a runner at the plate in the top of the ninth.
Ian Collins drove in a pair of runs for Menlo, including a home run. Charlie Giesler also collected an RBI.
The result of the other Division III semifinal game, which pitted No. 5 and defending champion King’s Academy vs top-seeded Pacific Grove, was not available at press time.