Varsity Baseball Awards Announced

The Dons celebrated their 23-3 season on Sunday at the team banquet

Congratulations to the entire Varsity baseball team and staff on an outstanding season. The Dons’ season: 23-3 overall, undefeated League champions, quarter-finalists in NCS Division 1 playoffs, final MaxPreps ranking of #21 team in California.

All-League and Team awards were announced at Sunday’s team dinner:

Diablo All-League Awards:

League Overall MVP: Nick Kresnak (RHP/3B)

First Team All-League: Logan Hurd (LHP)

First Team All-League: Davis Diaz (SS)

First Team All-League: Nick Bamont (CF)

Second Team All-League: Tommy Thrasher (1B)

Second Team All-League: Brady Huchingson (DH/IF)

Honorable Mention All-League: Eddie Burns (RHP)

Gold Glove Award: Thatcher Hurd (C)

Acalanes Baseball Team Awards:

Team MVP: Nick Kresnak

Defensive Players of the Year: Davis Diaz & Thatcher Hurd

Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Kresnak

Most Improved Players of the Year: Scott Brydon & Nick Bamont

Pitcher of the Year: Entire Varsity Baseball Staff with its combined 1.12 Season ERA (Nick Kresnak, Logan Hurd, Eddie Burns, Michael Castelli, Andrew Peterson)

“Definition of a Don” Award: Tommy Thrasher (team leader in home runs)

“Heart of a Don” Award: Cole Murgia (.368 BA, led the League in stolen bases; inexplicably, missed out on All-League honors)

Congratulations & best wishes to all the seniors: Peter Meade, Will Burleigh, Zack Nelson, Andrew Peterson, Scott Brydon, team manager Ali Ibrahim, and Eddie Burns–who will continue his baseball career at the D1 level as a pitcher at University of San Francisco! Go get ’em, Eddie!

Many thanks to Head Coach Clint Hoover, Asst. Coaches Joe Bettencourt and Connor Hornsby, and Pitching Coach Rob Ellis for their hard work, dedication and the great direction they’ve taken the program in this first season at the helm. Great season!

Cole Murgia Leads Dons to Walk-Off Win Against Dublin

Cole Murgia and the Dons celebrate the walk-off win

In the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs in an extra innings nailbiter, Cole Murgia put the team on his back and came through with the line drive RBI that led Acalanes to a 1-0 walk-off against Dublin High School in the first round of the NCS Playoffs on Tuesday night.

Though the Dons put up hits throughout the game–from Cole Murgia (2H), Nick Bamont (2H), Scott Brydon, Davis Diaz, Brady Huchingson and Nick Kresnak–Acalanes didn’t have luck converting baserunners into runs until the final out of the game.

Acalanes pitchers were nails, with 3 of them teaming up to hold Dublin to just 4 hits over 9 innings. Logan Hurd got the start and pitched the first 3 scoreless innings before Eddie Burns kept Dublin shut down for the next three. Nick Kresnak took the final trio of innings to close out the game and get the win for the Dons.

The Dons move to the second round of NCS playoff action on Friday at home at 5pm when #3 Acalanes plays #6 Heritage, and the Dons look to keep their 23-2 season rolling!

Bad pic, great dogpile! Dons grab the “W”

Dons Close Out Regular Season 22-2. Next Up: NCS Playoffs

Let’s see one more League Champs celebratory dogpile shot! (Photo cred: Shelly Hamalian)

Though the Dons secured the League title on Tuesday, Acalanes closed out the regular season and extended their perfect League record (12-0) Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Clayton Valley. NCS playoffs begin next week.

Nick Kresnak got the start and the win for the Dons, pitching 4 strong innings before Michael Castelli came out of the bullpen for the next 2 innings, keeping the door shut on the Ugly Eagles. Thatcher Hurd closed the game and kept Clayton Valley off the board to preserve the win.

The Dons put up a run early when Sam Heyman hit a 2-out line drive RBI in the first inning. Nick Bamont and Brady Huchingson both got hits in following innings, but the Dons did not score again until later in the game.

After the Ugly Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the 4th, the Dons answered in the 5th with a two-out rally. Thatcher Hurd hit a line drive double to get in scoring position. After an intentional walk to avoid pitching to Davis Diaz, and Clayton Valley error that loaded the bases, Nick Kresnak (2 for 3 on the day) put the hurt on the Ugly Eagles with a 2 RBI single that moved the Dons ahead 3-1. That score held through the 7th, and Acalanes closed out their League schedule undefeated.

Good stuff

Varsity Baseball Clinches League Title with Perfect Record

2019 Undefeated DFL Champions

Cue the dogpile! Acalanes Dons Baseball–on Senior Night, and at home–locked down the League title on Tuesday night with their 5-2 win over Clayton Valley, the League runner-up. The Dons have taken the title in convincing fashion, remaining undefeated in League play at 11-0 (and 21-2 overall) on the season.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for the Dons on the mound, pitching 4.1 strong innings (3H, 1ER, 4K) against a solid Clayton Valley squad. Senior Eddie Burns, a University of San Francisco Baseball signee, took it from there and pitched 2.2 great innings (2H, 0R, 5K) to close out the game and lock in Acalanes’ win.

Dons bats got it done as they’ve been doing all year with timely hits and 2-out rallies. Nick Kresnak was the Cal-Hi Sports MVP of the game (which filmed the entire game; stay tuned for the highlight reel later this week on the Cal-Hi Sports TV channel) with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Nick Bamont hit a smoking line drive RBI double down the right field line, one of his two hits on the day. Cole Murgia was solid as he’s been throughout the season with 2 hits and 2 runs. Tommy Thrasher also contributed a hit, and Sam Heyman drove in the first run of the day.

The Dons have their last regular season game on Thursday, when they play Clayton Valley away in the second of their two-game series. The Dons will then begin NCS playoffs next week, and will likely be the #2 seed behind perennial powerhouse, De La Salle HS, in the D1 North Coast Section. Go get ’em, Dons!

Time to celebrate with an end-of-game dogpile
Thank you, Seniors! L-R: Peter Meade, Scott Brydon, Eddie Burns, Andrew Peterson, Zack Nelson, Will Burleigh & Team Manager Ali Ibrahim
Congratulations & thanks are also due to Acalanes’ all-new 2019 Varsity coaching staff: Head Coach Clint Hoover and Assistant Coaches Joe Bettencourt, Connor Hornsby & Rob Ellis

Dons Baseball Notches 20th Win on the Season

Scott Brydon helps Acalanes grab win #20 on Thursday! (file photo)

With its 13-4 victory over Benicia HS, Acalanes Varsity moves to 20-2 on the season, and remains undefeated in League play at 9-0.

After a close 2-1 win over Benicia on Tuesday, the Dons came back with a decisive victory on Thursday by putting up 7 runs in the 3rd inning to move ahead 10-2. Acalanes tacked on 3 more runs over the 5th and 6th innings.

Davis Diaz (2B 2H R RBI), Sam Heyman (2H R 1RBI), Tommy Thrasher (2H 2R 2RBI) each had two hits in the game. Nick Kresnak (1H, R RBI), Scott Brydon (1H 1SB 2R 2RBI), Cole Murgia (2SB RBI), and Thatcher Hurd (1H 2R) also had offensive contributions against Benicia.

Pitching was solid on Thursday. Nick Kresnak got the start and the win (3IP 2H 1ER 5K), with Eddie Burns (3H 2ER 3K) and Michael Castelli (0H 0R 3K) each pitching 2 innings each out of the bullpen to lock down the victory.

Next week is the final week of League, as Acalanes plays a two-game series against second-place Clayton Valley Charter. Dons are home on Tuesday at 4pm.

Varsity Baseball Beats Benicia HS 2-1

Davis Diaz led the Dons at the plate in Tuesday’s game (file photo).

While solid pitching on both sides kept batters in check throughout the game, Acalanes got it done and took the first game on Tuesday in the two-game series this week against Benicia High School.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for the Dons, pitching 4 innings (3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Michael Castelli threw the next 2 innings (0 H, 1 BB, 2 K), and Thatcher Hurd came in to close, retiring the last 3 batters in the game.

Acalanes bats were quiet in the game, but timely hits and capitalized opportunities on the bases proved to be enough to secure the win. Davis Diaz led the Dons, going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. Nicolas Bamont and Thatcher Hurd also contributed hits in the game. Brady Huchingson drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly.

With Tuesday’s win, the Dons improve their season record to 19-2, and Acalanes remains undefeated in League play. The Varsity Dons next play at home on Thursday against Benicia at 4pm.

Varsity Baseball Beats Campo in a 13-0 Shutout

The Dons beat Campo again, this time by a score of 13-0. Acalanes outscored the Cougars 23-1 in the two-game series this week.

Eddie Burns anchored the Acalanes shutout with a commanding performance on the mound. Burns took the win for the Dons, pitching 6 innings and allowing just 1 hit among the 20 batters he faced. Michael Castelli came in to close out the 7th inning, allowing 1 hit and nothing else to keep the Cougars off the board and preserve the shutout.

Dons were swinging the bats on Thursday, racking up 13 runs on 16 hits. Cole Murgia led the way, going 4 for 5 with 4 RBI’s. Davis Diaz (2 RBI), Nick Kresnak (2 SB), Sam Heyman (SF, 1 RBI) and Brady Huchingson (2B, 2 RBI) each 2 hits on the day. Scott Brydon (1 RBI), David Sniderman, Tommy Thrasher (SF, 2 RBI) and Thatcher Hurd (1 RBI) also contributed with hits on the day.

Acalanes remains undefeated in League play at 8-0, and improves its season record to 18-2. The Dons next play a 2-game series against Benicia HS next Tuesday and Thursday.

Varsity Baseball Beats Campolindo 10-1

The Dons came at the Cougars for all 7 innings, with 12 hits on the day.

With a relentless offense and solid defense, Acalanes took down Campolindo in decisive fashion in Tuesday’s home game. The 10-1 win was the the first of two games this week against the Cougars. The Dons remain unbeaten in League play (7-0) and are 17-2 on the season.

With a solid team effort throughout, the Dons didn’t give Campo a break anywhere in the lineup and racked up 12 hits on the day. Sam Heyman drove in the most runs (3) on the day, with a big line drive triple in the 2nd inning, putting Acalanes up 5-1. Davis Diaz, Nick Kresnak (1 RBI), Scott Brydon (2 RBI’s) and Nicolas Bamont anchored the Dons offense with two hits each. Luke Miles (2 RBI’s) and Brady Huchingson (1 RBI) also had a hit, and Thatcher Hurd drove in a run with a sac fly.

Dons pitching kept the door shut on the Cougars. Logan Hurd got the start and the win for Acalanes, pitching 4 innings and allowing 1 run with 5 strikeouts. Michael Castelli pitched 2 solid innings with 2 K’s, and Will Easley made his season debut on the mound to close out the game, getting the final three outs with 3 K’s.

The Dons next play the Cougars again on Thursday at Campolindo at 4pm.

Foes for 7 innings, buddies after that…Dons & Cougar players catch up after Tuesday’s game

Dons Varsity Baseball Beats Miramonte; 5-0 in League

Sophomore Michael Castelli turns in another reliably good performance on the mound on Tuesday, pounding the strike zone. (File photo credit: Kevin Reilly)

After a two and a half week hiatus from League play, the Varsity Dons took the first of two games this week against Miramonte, winning 5-3.

Dons Varsity offense was led by Cole Murgia, who went 2 for 3 at the plate and used his speed to tear up the bases with 4 stolen bags. Davis Diaz, Nick Kresnak and Tommy Thrasher all had extra base hits. Nicolas Bamont came through with a particularly timely hit that drove in two runs. Other offensive contributors in the game included Scott Brydon, Brady Huchingson and Thatcher Hurd, who each had a hit.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for Acalanes Varsity, with 1ER and 3Ks over 4 innings. Michael Castelli came in from the bullpen for the next two innings, also with 1ER and 3Ks. Thatcher Hurd pulled off his catcher’s gear and Davis Diaz slid behind the dish for Hurd to come in and close out the final inning (0H, 1K) to preserve the win.

Tuesday’s win improves Acalanes’ record in league play to 5-0, and 15-2 overall. The Dons play Miramonte again on Thursday at home at 4pm.

Kresnak Throws CG Shutout; Dons Roll on 11-0

As the rain comes down, Nick Kresnak shuts down his last Northgate batter, sealing the win.

Nick Kresnak owned the mound on Thursday and threw a complete game shutout, as the Dons downed Northgate 5-0. Kresnak allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts over 6 innings (in a rain-shortened game).

Thursday’s game felt an awful lot like Tuesday’s against Northgate for the first 5 innings, with an Acalanes pitcher throwing a shutout, and a 1st inning Dons run being the only run on the board. In Thursday’s matchup, that 1st inning run came after a base hit by Cole Murgia when Nick Kresnak’s sacrifice fly scored Davis Diaz. As the rain started coming down at the top of the 6th, Thatcher Hurd got things started with a single to center field. After two walks and with the bases loaded, Tommy Thrasher came through with 2 RBI line drive to left field, moving the Dons ahead 3-0. Acalanes then tacked on 2 more runs in the inning with RBIs from Sam Heyman and Scott Brydon.

As the rain turned into a downpour, Kresnak locked down the win in the bottom of the 6th, by striking out 2 and withDiaz nabbing a line out to end the game. With the win, the Dons move to 4-0 in League play, and improve their season record to 11-0.

#4 Thatcher Hurd’s lead off hit got things rolling in the big 6th inning for the Dons
…And #27 Tommy Thrasher’s 2 RBI single put Acalanes ahead 3-0 in the 6th.