JV Baseball: It was Raining ‘Panthers’ and Dogs

JV Baseball:  It was Raining ‘Panthers’ and Dogs

Tuesday in Benicia, there was great weather and a great win for the Dons over the Benicia Panthers, 9 to 6. Thursday comes, the weather surprising changed quickly with innings played in the rain and even a 10 minute delay of game due to rain. Besides raindrops falling on the field, so were Panther runs.

The Dons  fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 10-4 loss to Benicia on Thursday. The Panther train took off in the first inning and the Dons could not stop them.  The Dons put up four runs in the third inning. The Dons big bats in the inning were led by doubles by Aidian Beers and Jake Boselli.  Mason Michlitsch went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the in hits.  Kyle Bielawski was on the mound for the Dons. The pitcher lasted three innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs.  Ellis Burger threw four innings in relief.

Aidan Beers at the plate

Doubles: Aidan Beers, Jake Boselli
Singles: Nikko Woodson, Aidan Beers 2, Jake Boselli 2, Ellis Burger, Mason Michlitsch 2, Logan Mikalis, Colin Norstad, Tyler Worthington
RBI: Aidan Beers, Jake Boselli 3

Dons Tame Bruins

Dons Tame Bruins

The Acalanes Dons boys varsity basketball team beat the previously undefeated St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins 58-51 at home Wednesday evening.

The Bruins brought a North Coast Section No. 3 ranking (California No. 38) into the contest and lived up to that billing in the first half. After the Dons took an early 4-0 lead on buckets from Jake Davis, a sophomore, and Scott Ruegg, a senior, the Dons’ shooting touch disappeared, and the Bruins clawed to an 11-9 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Bruins pressed the advantage to open 2nd, using a double-teaming defense and precision transition game to reel off 12 unanswered points and up the lead to 23-9, before Jackson Aris-Dumas, as senior, nailed a three-pointer to stop the run. The Dons would add just seven more in the quarter, all by Jake Davis, a sophomore, and trailed 28-19 at the half.

Whatever Sol Henik, coach, and his staff discussed with the team at halftime (start making shots?), it worked, as the Dons used the 3rd quarter to play their finest quarter of basketball of the season. Fueled by two three-point shots by Ruegg and a quick three and back-cut layup by Graham Smith, a senior, the Dons cut the deficit to two. A four-point counter punch steadied the Bruins, before Noah Bloch, a sophomore, hit a three and Davis added a pretty offensive rebound put-back to trim the lead to one. Moments later, Smith drained a three to give the Dons their first lead of the game, 40-38, and Ruegg finished the quarter with another three to up the advantage to 43-38. On defense, Davis controlled the interior, disrupting the Bruins drivers and grabbing every available rebound.

Opening the 4th, the Bruins bounced back with a five-point run to tie the game at 43-43. Marcus Robinson, a freshman, stopped the run with a corner three that hung briefly on the rim before kissing the glass and falling through the net. The Bruins had one more run in them, scoring six straight to regain a 3-point advantage. A finger-roll by Smith cut it to one, then Ruegg hit a baseline two and deeeeep three to regain the advantage.

At the final minute mark, the Dons held a 53-51 lead. Ruegg took the drama out of the final minute, hitting another three and adding two free throws to seal the 58-51 win.

Ruegg led the Dons scoring with 21, Davis with 13, and Smith with 10. Davis led the Dons in rebounding with so many.

Dons Win 2nd in a Row, Topping Benicia 8 – 5 Behind a Complete Game From Braunstein

Dons Win 2nd in a Row, Topping Benicia 8 – 5 Behind a Complete Game From Braunstein

On a sunny but cool day at Acalanes Tuesday afternoon, Benjy Braunstein (jr) scattered 7 hits across 7 innings, and rode a 6 run 3rd inning from his offense to pickup the win.  It was the first complete game of the season for the Dons.  Benjy’s defense was very solid for the most part, including a great diving stop by Brady Huchingson (sr), who stopped a hard hit grounder diving to his left and made the throw in time to first to rob the Benicia player of a sure hit. Ethan Rowland (jr) also made a nice stop at 3rd base in the top of the 3rd inning and recovered in time to rob another hit.

Brady Huchingson

On the offensive side of the ball the Dons had 8 hits including 2 by Huchingson and 1 each by Burleigh, Bergman, Heyman, Souza, McPhail, and Cusumano.  Interestingly though, the Dons 6 run outburst in the 3rd inning featured a bunt single, 3 hit batters, 5 walks, and a sac fly.  Very unusual.

Safe at home

Next up for the Dons is Benicia away on Thursday, and a 3 game series vs Clayton Valley next week. 

Don victory over Benicia

Acalanes Celebrates Recruited Athletes

Acalanes Celebrates Recruited Athletes

Yesterday Acalanes students, staff and Acalanes Boosters celebrated the 2021 senior athletes and artists that have been recruited by colleges and universities to play and perform at the next level.

Thanks to all who came out to support and to the student athletes who expressed gratitude to the entire Acalanes community. 

Congratulations to all 11 recruited athletes going on to play on NCAA sports teams next year.  Boosters has been proud to support your teams while here at Acalanes.  You will always be considered part of the Dons Family. 
Best of luck!

Celebrating 2021 Recruited Athletes On The Football Field

2021 Acalanes Recruited Athletes And Artists
Eliza Bates, Cal Poly Tennis
Joey Carrillo, UC Davis Football
Michael Castelli, Saint Mary’s College Baseball
Davis Diaz, Vanderbilt Baseball
Grace Gebhardt, UC Davis Lacrosse
Brady Huchingson, Oregon State University Football
Alex Mould, UC Irvine Water Polo
Sam Roth, Cal Poly Cross Country & Track
Claire Rowell, Cal Water Polo
Scott Ruegg, Colorado College Basketball
Shelby Suppiger, Cal Swimming

Max Simas, The New School Music (Jazz Drumming)
Isabel Powell, Emerson Theater Education and Performance
Megan Crane, Loyola Chicago Theater
Evan Mirabella, Boston Theater
Allyndreth Smyth, University of Washington, Seattle Theater

Cal Water Polo’s Claire Rowell
Vanderbilt Baseball’s Davis Diaz
UC Davis Football’s Joey Carrillo & Cal Poly Tennis’ Eliza Bates
The California Girls
Acalanes Recruited Seniors Celebrate
Acalanes Seniors Looking Towards A Bright Future!

JV Baseball: Cougars Could Not Stop the Dons–Win 9-6

JV Baseball: Cougars Could Not Stop the Dons–Win 9-6

Both Acalanes Dons and Benicia Cougars had their offenses going on Tuesday, but the JV Dons  eventually prevailed 9-6.

Dons ready in the field

In the first inning, Benicia got their offense started and for the first innings the scoreboard read Cougars 2 Dons 1.  But that did not last…

Things changed in the fourth inning, Henry Souza hit a single to right field, Jake Boselli followed with  a bunt down the third base side. Next a Don had a fly out to right field and the Panther threw to home plate with a tag out for their second out. With two outs, the inning was not over. Paul Kuhner took a hit by pitch, putting the Dons on the corners. Next Miller Smith came in to pinch hit (returning from injured list) with a single on a 2-2 count to center field, scoring Boselli to tie it up, 2 to 2. Ellis Burger singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run, and Mason Michlitsch singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run. Dons added five runs to their side with two outs in the fourth inning. Dons 6 and Panthers 2. The Dons scored again in the sixth and seventh innings to give the Dons a total of nine runs. 

Michlitsch makes it to home plate as the ball misses the glove

Logan Mikalis toed the rubber for the Dons. The fireballer surrendered five runs on five hits over five innings, striking out four. Jake Boselli took over for two innings and striking  out three. 

Boselli at the plate

The Dons JV totaled 14 hits in the game.  Nikko Woodson, Michlitsch, Bielawski, Jake Boselli, Henry Souza, and Burger all managed multiple hits for Acalanes.   Woodson led the Dons  with three hits in four at bats.  Souza led the Dons with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases. 

2B: Nikko Woodson 2, Ellis Burger
TB: Nikko Woodson 5, Kyle Bielawski 2, Jake Boselli 2, Ellis Burger 3, Mason Michlitsch 2, Miller Smith, Henry Souza 2
RBI: Nikko Woodson 2, Kyle Bielawski, Jake Boselli, Ellis Burger, Paul Kuhner, Mason Michlitsch, Miller Smith
SB: Nikko Woodson, Ellis Burger 2, Paul Kuhner, Mason Michlitsch, Henry Souza 2

JV Dons play Benicia again on Thursday at 4pm at home

Celebrate Acalanes’ Recruited Athletes And Artists 11:30 Today At Football Field

Celebrate Acalanes’ Recruited Athletes And Artists 11:30 Today At Football Field

The Acalanes class of ’21 has at least 11 athletes and 5 artists who will be applying their talents at colleges and universities next year! Each year Acalanes Boosters holds an event to celebrate these students’ achievements, and this years event is TODAY AT 11:30 ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. Please join us today and help celebrate their success!

2021 Acalanes Recruited Athletes And Artists

Eliza Bates, Cal Poly Tennis
Joey Carrillo, UC Davis Football
Michael Castelli, Saint Mary’s College Baseball
Davis Diaz, Vanderbilt Baseball
Grace Gebhardt, UC Davis Lacrosse
Brady Huchingson, Oregon State University Football
Alex Mould, UC Irvine Water Polo
Sam Roth, Cal Poly Cross Country & Track
Claire Rowell, Cal Water Polo
Scott Ruegg, Colorado College Basketball
Shelby Suppiger, Cal Swimming

Max Simas, The New School Music (Jazz Drumming)
Isabel Powell, Emerson Theater Education and Performance
Megan Crane, Loyola Chicago Theater
Evan Mirabella, Boston Theater
Allyndreth Smyth, University of Washington, Seattle Theater

Varsity Baseball Gets Dirty and Hits, Pitches Past Las Lomas, 6-3

Varsity Baseball Gets Dirty and Hits, Pitches Past Las Lomas, 6-3

After a rough couple games, the Dons needed a bounce back win and they got one Monday against Las Lomas.

 Ethan Rowland picks up the Win

Ethan Rowland (jr) started on the mound for the Dons.  After cruising through the 1st inning, Las Lomas started to get to Ethan in the 2nd, putting their first four runners on and plating 1.  With second and third and 1 out, Ethan struck out the next batter and then induced the following batter to ground out, killing a potential Las Lomas big inning and showing the resilience Ethan has all year.

Sam Heyman rests at 2nd after a big hit

The Dons got their scoring going in the 3rd, when Miles Bergman (jr) led off the inning with sharp single to center.  Bergman stole second and advanced to 3rd on Kyle White’s (jr) single.  Sam Heyman (sr) came up and ripped a double into the left field corner scoring both Bergman and White. 

Miles Bergman ready to steal again

After Las Lomas took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 4th, the Dons came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning.  Luke Souza (jr) led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Connor McPhail (jr) before scoring on a smoked double off the bat of Miles Bergman to tie the game.

Dons celebrate the win

The score remained tied 3-3 until the bottom of the 6thWill Berrien (jr) drew a hard-earned walk, stole second and advanced to 3rd on a balk.  Connor McPhail walked, and with one out, Jack Cusumano (jr) laid down a well-executed safety squeeze bunt to bring in Berrien and put the Dons up 4-3.  The Dons added two more insurance runs in the inning.  They were only insurance runs, as Miles Bergman, who came in to relieve Connor McPhail who pitched 2 hitless inning, pitched a hitless 7th of his own to secure the 6-3 victory.

Drew Megibow honor Don today. Drew threw out first pitch and was the bat boy. His brother Jake will be a Don next year and will play on this field.

JV Baseball: Falcons Could Not Fly against the Dons

JV Baseball: Falcons Could Not Fly against the Dons

The Dons led the game against the College Park Falcons for the win, 8 to 5. There were many key plays in this game like a bare handed double play by Kyle Bielawski toTyler WorthingtonNikko Woodson with 3 RBIs, lots of hits, six stolen bases, big catches in the outfield and dugout chatter that including a shout out to JK Rowlings. It was a good day to be a Don.

Woodson hits it down the line

But the the Dons seventh inning had the most fireworks. Paul Kuhner started the inning with a deep double to Falcon’s left field, followed by a perfect bunt by Colin Norstad, giving him a ticket to first base. Next up was Ellis Burger and the Falcons intentionally walked him. This turned all the bases blue and put Nikko Woodson at the plate (insert and ‘uh-oh’ here). Woodson rips in down the third place line deep into left field for a double. Mason Michlitsch  gave no break to the Falcon left-fielder with another double, locking in the 8 runs for the Dons. 

Paul Kuhner coming home

Henry Souza got the start for the Dons. The southpaw went four innings, allowing two runs on five hit, and striking out two. Others making appearances on the mound where Nikko Woodson and Ellis Burger.  With four games in one week, pitching relief  is key this week. 

Ellis Burger pitched two innings with two strikeouts

Sammy Lee took two walks and a hit at the plate

2B: Ellis Burger, Paul Kuhner, Mason Michlitsch, Nikko Woodson TB: Colin Norstad, Kyle Bielawski, Ellis Burger 2, Paul Kuhner 3, Sammy Lee, Mason Michlitsch 2, Nikko Woodson 2 RBI: Ellis Burger, Mason Michlitsch 2, Nikko Woodson 3
SB: Colin Norstad, Kyle Bielawski 2, Ellis Burger, Paul Kuhner 2

Upcoming Games: Today at 4pm in Benicia, Thursday 4pm (Home) against Benicia and Saturday 11pm at Alhambra

Varsity Baseball Looks to Rebound on Monday

Varsity Baseball Looks to Rebound on Monday
Final weeks on campus, in the classroom and on the baseball field with our Senior Dons. Congrats class of 2021

The Dons varsity baseball team took on Campolindo on Thursday and Friday, and unfortunately came up on the wrong side of the scores.

In the first game, the Dons started strong by loading the bases in the first inning with a single by Miles Bergman (jr) and walks by Kyle White (jr) and Brady Huchingson (sr).  However, they were only able to plate one of those runners.  For the first two innings, it looked like that run might be able the Dons needed, as pitcher Dante Montgomery (jr) was cruising.  However, Campo got to Dante in the 3rd and put 2 runs on the board, to give Campo a 2-1 lead.  That was all Campo would need as their staff kept the Dons off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.  Camp went on to win 6-1.

Dante Montgomery 

Dante finished with 6 strikeouts over 4 innings, and Connor McPhail (jr) and Miles Bergman mopped matters up from the bullpen.  Bergman, White, and McPhail all had hits, while Luke Souza (jr) added 2 of his own.

Miles Bergman

The second game was much closer.  With the score tied 0-0 after 2 innings, the Dons got the scoring started in the 3rdJack Cusumano (jr) and Miles Bergman (jr) reached base on errors, and Cusumano scored on a single by Ben Burleigh (sr), while Bergman came in on booming flyout by Kyle White (jr) to give the Dons a 2-0 lead. 

Benji Braunstein 

Meanwhile on the defensive end, the Dons play was stellar.  Pitcher Benjy Braunstein (jr) was efficient and in command from the start, getting the first 2 Campo batters out on 3 pitches.  Benjy ended up throwing 5 strong innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and no walks, while throwing only 47 pitches.  The junior outfield trio of Will Berrien, Connor McPhail and Kyle White tracked down everything hit their way, while 3rd baseman Sam Heyman (sr) made a couple stellar plays and shortstop Brady Huchingson (sr) turned a double play in the 4th to kill a potential rally.

Will Berrien guarding Centerfield

With the Dons up 2-1 in the 6th, and pitching changes made on both sides, it looked like the Dons were going to put some more runs.  Sam Heyman drew a lead off walk, and Brady Huchingson hit a rocket to 3rd base that surely would have been a double had the 3rd baseman not leaped in the air to make an amazing backhanded grab.  Unfortunately in the bottom of the 6th, Campo was able to manufacture 2 runs to take a 3-2 lead, and leave the Dons wondering how the win got away from them.

Team looking on and cheering on the Dons

The Dons will look to bounce back next week against Las Lomas (Monday at home) and Benicia (Tuesday at home; Thursday on the road). 

Groundskeeper Brady Hutchingson dragging the infield

Dons Freshman Baseball Split Doubleheader With Miramonte

Dons Freshman Baseball Split Doubleheader With Miramonte

Riding a 5-game winning streak, Dons continued their homestand by hosting Miramonte on a rare chilly mid-May day.

Game 1

In what can only be perceived as a compliment to the Dons Frosh, Miramonte brought a couple of sophomores from their JV team to pitch against them in game 1 of the doubleheader. The Dons were slow to get the scoring going against the hard-throwing Miramonte starter.  There were some hard-hit fly balls early, but none fell.  The Dons were hitless until the 4th, when Jack Giorgianni doubled, advanced on a passed ball, and then scored on Aleksey Volobuev‘s sacrifice fly.  The game remained tight until the end.  The Dons were threatening at the bottom of the 7th, when Kiran Foster hit a single, stole 2nd, advanced on a passed ball, and scored when Peter Thorn‘s hard grounder got both booted and airmailed past 1st on the same play.  The Dons had two on with one out, and the go-ahead run at the plate, but couldn’t break through.

Once again Dons’ pitching was stellar.  Sully Bailey started, and threw 4 strong innings, giving up 2 unearned runs on 2 hits and 4 walks with 4 strikeouts.  Mason Zirkel closed out the game by going 3 innings, 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks, with 4 strikeouts.  Unfortunately, the Dons’ defense wasn’t always there to back their pitchers up, with two costly errors, and a rocky defensive performance all-around, which doomed the 5-game winning streak.  Dons 2, Miramonte 4.

Game 2

With a BBQ lunch put away and sun peeking through the clouds, Dons bats finally woke up and kept going at a slow but steady pace.  In the 2nd, Aleksey and Kiran Foster led off with back-to-back singles and moved up on Peter Thorn‘s sac bunt.  That allowed Aleksey to score on a passed ball, and then Aiden Yates knocked in Kiran on a single.  In the 3rd, Everett Glass and Sully Bailey again led off with singles and moved on steals.  Everett scored on a botched pickoff attempt, and then Aleksey knocked in Sully on a hard line drive.  In the 4th, Brady Morrow singled, Aiden got beaned, and more chaos on the base paths ensued, with the Dons running hard and the ball flying all over the place, resulting two more runs scoring without needing a hit.  Comfortably ahead, the Dons poured on two more runs in the 5th, when Jack reached on a dropped 3rd strike, stole 2nd, and scored on another Aleksey single.  Seth Waxler went in as a pinch-runner and scored on Peter‘s sac fly.

Jack Giorgianni started on the hill, and was the usual dominating self, going 5 innings and surrendering 2 runs (1 earned), on 2 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts.  Peter Thorn went 2 innings in relief, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.  Dons’ defense stiffened up, and committed no errors.

The Dons swung the bats well, and spread the offense around.  They had 9 hits in all, Aleksey leading the way with 3, and Sully, Aiden, Everett, Brady, Kiran, and Peter one hit apiece.  The Dons reaped the benefits of aggressive baserunning, scoring 8 runs on just 4 RBIs.  While Miramonte managed to create a little bit of excitement with 2 outs in top 7th and score a couple of runs, at that point the game was firmly at hand.  Dons 8, Miramonte 4.