May 31, 2011 > Warriors eliminated in first week
Warriors eliminated in first week
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Fremont Christian High School baseball and softball entered the North Coast Section playoffs for both baseball and softball, but neither one was able to make it out of the first week of play.
As the No. 12 seed in baseball's Division V bracket, the Warriors opened up play against fifth-seeded St. Joseph Notre Dame on Wednesday, May 25. Due to field regulations, the game was played on the lower-seeded Warriors home field - with St. Joseph's batting last. Despite being at the slight disadvantage, the Pilots were able to top the Warriors, 4-1, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Four different Pilots hitters - Ollie Cunningham, Billy Johnson, Justin Oilar and Kyle Walling - knocked in runs. Garrett Rich pitched a complete game, allowing one run on one hit while walking two and striking out 10.
St. Joseph Notre Dame took the momentum from the win over Fremont Christian and topped No. 4 Valley Christian on the road, 13-2, on Saturday, May 28, to advance to the NCS DV baseball Semifinals against No. 8 Redwood Christian, Tuesday, May 31, at the College of Alameda.
Fremont Christian's softball club had moderate success but, like the baseball team, didn't make it beyond the first week of the tournament.
Opening the NCS DV softball tourney as the No. 8 seed, the Lady Warriors hosted No. 9 Holy Names High School on Wednesday, May 25. The Lady Warriors doubled up the Lady Monarchs, 4-2, in advancing to the quarterfinals.
However, going up against the rested top seed in Valley Christian High School - who advanced to the quarterfinals courtesy of a first-round bye - on Saturday, May 28, the Lady Warriors were tagged with a 9-1 loss. Valley Christian, with the win, advanced to the DV Semifinals where they will host No. 4 Calistoga on Wednesday, June 1, at 4 p.m.