Amador Valley, a traditional softball power from East Bay, has not had a strong start to the season.
The Pleasanton school had lost four in a row and seven of eight on the second day of the prestigious Livermore Stampede tournament on Friday.
The Dons squeaked past Carondelet 2-1 in an early morning game to break their losing streak.
But next was a game against pool leader Archbishop Mitty, coming off back-to-back perfect games and three consecutive shutouts. The Monarchs had only lost once all season.
Well, let’s just say the outcome didn’t go as expected.
Amador Valley shocked Mitty 3-2, scoring a run in the first inning on a sac-fly by Aleena Helms and two in the bottom of the third on Helms’ single to center.
Mitty—ranked fifth by the Bay Area News Group—had taken the lead in the visitors’ half of the third inning when Megan Sutton’s single reeled in Lindsey Miller and McKenna Woliczko for a 2-1 lead.
Kaylee Davis struckout seven and gave up just one earned run to clinch the win for Amador Valley, which took first place in its pool as Mitty bounced back to beat Benicia 6-0 later on Friday.
Amador Valley (5-8) and Mitty each finished 2-1 in pool play. Benicia was 1-1-1.
The tournament closes on Saturday.
No. 1 St. Francis 1, No. 4 Granada 0
St. Francis moved to Granada to clinch the pool at the Livermore Stampede when Kate Munnerlyn threw a six-inning no-hitter and Jamie Oakland batted in the lone run, in the first inning.
Both teams entered the game with 2-0 records in the tournament.
St. Francis improved 12-1. Grenada is 8-2.
No. 2 San Ramon Valley 3, No. 6 Foothill 0
San Ramon Valley 7, Whitney-Rocklin 0
San Ramon Valley went undefeated and won the pool at the Livermore Stampede as Paige McLeod continued to dominate in the throwing circle. The senior struck out ten in a win over Foothill and four while allowing only two hits in a win over Whitney.
The Wolves (11-1) have won three times in a row since their only loss, last week 1-0 in 10 innings against Alameda.
Sophia Baccei had three singles and Addie Layous and Ava Lyons drove in a run against Foothill.
McLeod had a home run and three RBIs and Gianna Bacce had two hits and three RBIs against Whitney.
No. 10 Livermore 5, Sheldon-Sacramento 0
Alizabeth Ruiz went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs and Savanna Froke threw five scoreless innings as Livermore (10-3) completed an unbeaten run through pool play at the Livermore Stampede.
No. 8 Serra 7, College Park 4
Serra advanced to the Service Champions Classic championship game as Samuel Rivas led the way with two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs in a victory at College Park.
The Padres play San Marin in the final Saturday at Livermore High. The first throw is scheduled at 3 p.m
In Friday’s win, Serra got a hit and two RBI’s from Joey Damelio and four scoreless innings from Will Bordin.
Samuel Johnston had two hits and Sean McGinty batted in two runs for College Park (4-6).
Serra (10-4) scored three in the first and three in the third to build a 6-1 lead. The Falcons answered with two in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to narrow the margin to 6-4.
Menlo-Atherton 3, No. 15 Capuchin 1
Jimmy Zaharias had two hits to drive in a run and Trevor Heinz also had an RBI as Menlo-Atherton completed a two-game sweep of Capuchino to remain undefeated in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play.
Harrison Long gave up one hit in four scoreless innings and Noah Whittaker struckout six and gave up one run in three innings for MA.
Anakin Manuel had a hit and tagged in Capuchino’s lone run.
MA improved to 10-3, 5-0. Capuchin is 12-4, 2-2.
No. 16 Los Gatos 13, Santa Clara 2
Donovan Freed went 3 for 3 with two home runs and four RBIs as Los Gatos extended its winning streak to four games with a loss to Santa Clara in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.
Drew Dillehay added two hits and batted in two runs and Anthony Andrews had two RBI’s for the Wildcats, who improved to 10-6, 6-0.
Santa Clara is 7-9, 1-5.
Leland 4, No. 17 Branham 3
Leland scored three in the sixth to erase a two-run deficit to beat Branham in a Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division match.
Kevin Soe homered, doubled and batted in two runs and Will Fischer homered, singled and batted in two runs to lead host Chargers, who improved to 8–6, 4–2.
Keaton Cooper had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI’s for Branham (11-5, 4-4).
Antioch 4, James Logan 0
Cristian Bajjalieha threw a two-hitter and Ty Bristol had two hits, including a double, to drive in two runs to lead Antioch over host Logan in a non-league game.
Antioch is 11-2. Logan fell to 8-6.