Varsity Baseball Wins 5-2, Extends 9-0 Season Record

#5 Shortstop Davis Diaz hit one out today, no easy feat in Acalanes’ big yard.

The Dons won the home opener Thursday afternoon 5-2 against College Park, adding to their 10-4 win earlier in the week on the road against College Park.

Nick Kresnak took the mound and got the win today, going the distance and pitching a complete game. Kresnak allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, striking out 3 against a very persistent, and good hitting College Park squad.

Davis Diaz (2H, HR, 1R, 1RBI) had another great day at the plate, topped by a big and loud solo homer in the 3rd. Nick Bamont (2H, 2B, 1R, 1SB), Brady Huchingson (2H, 2RBI) and Scott Brydon (2H, 1R) all had 2-hit days. Nick Kresnak (1H, 1RBI) and Cole Murgia (1H, 1R, 1SB) each added hits to the 10-hit day the Dons had at the plate.

The Dons continue League play next week on Tuesday 3/26 at 4pm, when they host Northgate at home.

Nick Kresnak battled all seven, pitching a complete game for the Dons.

Varsity Baseball downs College Park 10-4

#27 Tommy Thrasher crushes a 3-run homerun in the 6th

The Dons came at College Park swinging on Tuesday afternoon, racking up 14 hits on the day to clench the 10-4 win. Tommy Thrasher led the onslaught, going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s, including a sweet 3-run homerun in the 6th. Timely hits and 2-out rallies throughout the game allowed the Dons to keep tacking on runs against a very solid College Park team.

Multiple Dons had great days at the plate: Davis Diaz (2H,2B,2R,2RBI), Nicolas Bamont (2H,1R,2RBI), Nick Kresnak (2H,2B,1R) & Peter Meade (2H,1R) all had multiple hits in the game. Cole Murgia (2R), Scott Brydon (2RBI), and Brady Huchingson (2B,1R) each had one hit.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for the Dons, going 3 innings and allowing 3 runs while striking out 4. Eddie Burns pitched the next 4 innings, allowing just 1 run while striking out 3. Pitching held off a strong College Park team at the plate. Good defense and hot Acalanes bats did the rest.

Today’s win sets Acalanes’ record in League play at 1-0, and 8-0 overall. The Varsity Dons play College Park again on Thursday at Acalanes in the home opener at 4pm.

A fired up Nick Kresnak greets Cole Murgia after he crosses home and as Davis Diaz rounds third to celebrate Tommy Thrasher’s 3-run homer.
Dons claim the “W.”

JV Team News:

The Junior Varsity team defeated College Park on the Dons’ home field on Tuesday, 4-2. Graham Smith contributed 2 hits, 2 runs and an RBI, and Miles Bergman stroked a double and an RBI. Ben Burleigh, Brayden Clarkson, Mitchell Franklin (1RBI) and Blake Smith also contributed hits in the game.

Jonny Burns was sharp on the mound on Tuesday, going 5 innings to secure the win, issuing 7 k’s and allowing 0 runs. Ethan Lerch closed out the final inning for the Dons.

The 4-1 JV Dons (1-0 in League play) play College Park again at 4pm on Thursday, this time on the road.

Dons Baseball Rolls On, 7-0

The Varsity Baseball team notched two more wins on Friday and Saturday to remain undefeated after seven games against other NCS Division One programs.

On Friday, the Dons beat Napa High School 12-1, with offensive contributions throughout the lineup:

Davis Diaz: 2H, 3B, 2R, RBI, SB; Cole Murgia: 1H, 1R, 2RBI, 2SB; Nick Kresnak: 1H, 2R, 2SB; Tommy Thrasher: 1H, 1R, 2RBI; Nicolas Bamont: 1H, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB; Thatcher Hurd: 1H, 2B, 1R, 2RBI; Brady Huchingson: 1H, 1R, 1RBI; Scott Brydon: 1H, 1R, 1RBI, 1SB; Peter Meade: 1H, 1R; Michael Castelli: 1H, 1R; Sam Heyman: 1RBI; Luke Miles: 1RBI.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win, pitching 3 innings (2H, 1ER, 3K); Eddie Burns pitched the next two innings (0H, 0R, 3K) in a game shortened by the run rule.

On Saturday, the Dons headed down to Fremont to play Irvington High School, and won in an 18-1 blowout. Again, players throughout the lineup contributed. Davis Diaz was swinging a hot bat, with 2 triples and a single on the day. Brady Huchingson was 4-4 on the day and led the team with 5 RBIs.Will Easley hit 2 doubles, with Nicolas Bamont hitting a double and single. Hits also came from: Nick Kresnak, Cole Murgia, Thatcher Hurd, Tommy Thrasher, Michael Castelli, Will Burleigh, David Sniderman and Ben Woodworth.

Nick Kresnak got the start and pitched 3 flawless innings, striking out 8. Michael Castelli, Andrew Peterson and David Diaz had the next four innings well in hand, ensuring the Dons a lopsided victory.

League play begins on Tuesday, when the Varsity Dons are away at College Park for a 4pm start.

JV & Frosh Team News:

Junior Varsity (3-1) also claimed two wins from Friday’s and Saturday’s games.

On Friday, JV defeated Napa High School 7-0. Jonny Burns got the start and the win for the JV Dons, pitching 5 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 9. Miles Bergman and Jimmy Harrington maintained the shutout over the next two innings to ensure the win.

On offense, Drew Davidson led the way with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Other contributors: Mitchell Franklin (2H, 2B, 2R, SB); Miles Bergman (1H, 2B, 2R, 2 RBI, SB); Brayden Clarkson (1H, 2B); Sam Winkles (2H, 2B, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB); Graham Smith (1H, 2B, 1R, 1RBI, SB); Logan Miniello (1R, 1SB).

On Saturday, JV prevailed over Irvington HS 9-4. Sam Winkles started and got the win for JV, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs and striking out 9. Ethan Lerch closed out the final inning for the Dons.

Key offensive contributors: Ben Burleigh (2H, 2B, 2R); Graham Smith (1H, 2R, 1RBI, 1SB); Miles Bergman (2H, 1R, 3RBI, 3SB); Drew Davidson (1H, 2R, 1RBI, 3SB); Brayden Clarkson (2H, 1RBI); Sam Winkles (1H).

The Freshmen Baseball Team (3-2) split a double header on Saturday against Benicia. In the first game, the Frosh team fell 6-5 when Benicia came up with a walk off hit to end the game. In game two, the Frosh Dons came back and won 5-3 after putting up two runs in an extra inning to clinch the win.

Game One: Dante Montgomery (1H, 2B, 2RBI); Patrick Nicosia (2H, 2R, 1RBI); Ethan Rowland (1H, 1RBI, 2SB); Benjy Braunstein (1H, 1SB); Connor McPhail (1H, 1R, 1RBI); Kyle White (1H, 1R); Evan Malmquist (1R, 3SB). Dante Montgomery started and pitched 3 innings (1H, 0ER, 1K), followed by Luke Souza for 3 innings (2H, 0ER, 4K), with Will Berrien throwing the final 2/3 of the 8th inning.

Game Two: Kyle White (2H, 2B, 2R, 2SB); Evan Malmquist (2H, 1R, 1RBI, 1SB); Luke Souza (1H, 2RBI); Ethan Rowland (1H, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB). Ethan Rowland started and pitched 2.2 innings (0ER, 4K), and Connor McPhail pitched the next 5.1 innings to the win (0ER, 2K).

Varsity Baseball Wins 11-1; Murgia Goes 4 for 4

The Varsity Dons beat Mission San Jose High School on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 11-1. Lots of players got in on the offensive action, but Cole Murgia was unstoppable, racking up a triple and 3 singles over four at-bats. When he wasn’t hitting to get on base, he was busy stealing them, with 3 stolen bases on the day.

Nick Kresnak’s bat stayed hot on Tuesday, when he hit a home run in the 1st inning and a double in the 2nd. Thatcher Hurd and Ben Woodruff also had extra base hits on the day. Nick Bamont, Davis Diaz, Scott Brydon and Peter Meade all contributed base hits during the game.

Dons pitching was solid again on Tuesday, holding Mission San Jose to just 3 hits and with 11K’s over 7 innings. Eddie Burns got the start and the win for the Dons, pitching the first 2 innings (0H, 3K’s). Four pitchers, Andrew Peterson, Michael Castelli, Logan Hurd and Davis Diaz, got work in over the next 5 innings to preserve the win.

The 5-0 Varsity Dons next play on Friday away at Napa High School.

JV Baseball Wins in a 17-0 Shutout

Junior Varsity run-ruled Mission San Jose High School 17-0 in five innings in Tuesday’s home game. Graham Smith had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s on the day. Jack Cusumano, Kade Finegold and Mitchell Franklin all had extra base hits. Miles Bergman (3 RBIs), Ben Burleigh (2 RBIs) and Drew Davidson also had hits on the day.

Ethan Lerch got the start and the win. Elias Warres and Miles Bergman handled the other 3 innings of the game that was shortened by the run rule.

JV next plays at Napa High School on Friday afternoon.

Dons Win in a Shutout; Thrasher Goes Yard Twice

The Varsity Baseball team claimed the “W” in a 3-0 shutout of Foothill High School on Friday afternoon. Tommy Thrasher provided all the offensive firepower the Dons needed when he hit a solo bomb in the 3rd inning, and a 2-run home run in the 5th. Other offensive contributors on the day: Scott Brydon, Sam Heyman, Nick Kresnak and Luke Miles.

While Thrasher was a one-man wrecking crew with his bat, Nick Kresnak was dominant on the mound and pitched a gem. He went six innings with 10 K’s, 1 BB and held a strong Foothill squad to just 2 hits. Logan Hurd came in to close out the final inning and preserve the win.

Foothill threatened in the 4th inning, with runners at 2nd and 3rd base and no outs. Kresnak worked the Dons out of the jam and proceeded to strike out the next 3 batters to dash Foothill’s hopes of getting on the scoreboard.

The Dons found themselves in another tough spot in the 5th with a runner on third and no outs. Kresnak struck out the next batter, and then the Dons defense made a well-executed 5-3-2 double play. Third baseman Brady Huchingson threw across the diamond to Tommy Thrasher at first, who then threw a missile to home, where catcher Thatcher Hurd applied the tag, saving a run and ending the inning.

With Friday’s win, the Varsity Dons improve their record to 4-0. They next play at Mission San Jose High School on Tuesday, 3/12.

JV & Frosh Team news…

Friday was the first game day of the season when all three Acalanes baseball teams got the “W” over the rain and got to play ball!

Junior Varsity had home field against Foothill and came up short in this first game of their season, 5-1. Drew Davidson, Graham Smith and Cade Finegold led JV’s offensive efforts. Four different pitchers took the mound in this early season start: Ethan Lerch, Jonny Burns, Elias Warres and Sam Winkles.

The Frosh team beat Foothill on their field on Friday, 4-3, in a game that went an extra inning. In the top of the 8th, with the game tied (3-3) and with two outs on a 1-2 count, Jack Cusumano drove in the winning run when he hit a line drive RBI, bringing in Ethan Rowland, who had earlier hit a line drive double to put himself in scoring position. Other offensive contributors: Luke Souza (2 H, 1 RBI, 1 SB), Jack Cusumano (2 H, 2 RBI), Ethan Rowland (1H, 1 R), Will Berrien (1 H, 2 R), Patrick Nicosia (1 H, 1 R), Kyle White (1H), Dante Montgomery (1H). Three pitchers teamed up to pull off the win: Ethan Rowland (3 IP, 0 ER), Dante Montgomery (4 IP, 1 ER, 4K’s) and Will Berrien (1 IP, 0 ER).

Dons Baseball Wins Season Kick-Off Tournament

The Varsity Dons won the Pittsburg Invitational Tournament on Friday, downing Clayton Valley Charter HS, 6-1. Acalanes came out on top in a good early season test against other schools that play at the NCS Divison 1 level, as Acalanes Baseball does.

Logan Hurd, who was named Player of the Game, got the win on Friday after pitching six strong innings and holding Clayton Valley scoreless for five innings. Hurd allowed just 3 hits and 1 run, with 7 strikeouts. Michael Castelli closed out the final frame, as he did so well throughout the tournament, to secure the championship.

Acalanes got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning when Tommy Thrasher, who was 3-3 at the plate for the day, singled to center field. Sam Heyman followed that up with a liner to center that drove in Thrasher and Acalanes’ first run of the day.

It was in the bottom of the 5th when the Dons ran away with the lead and put up five runs. Nicolas Bamont led off with a laser line drive triple to right field. Nick Kresnak followed that up with an RBI line drive to left, followed by Tommy Thrasher’s line drive to center. Thatcher Hurd kept the line moving with an RBI single to center. Brady Huchingson delivered another RBI, and the final run of the inning came from Scott Brydon’s RBI single to left field.

The Championship game showed off both Acalanes’ defensive and offensive strength against a D1 college commit starting pitcher and a solid team backing him up. The season looks bright for a fired up Dons squad under the leadership of new Head Coach, Clint Hoover, and his talented staff.

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Varsity Walks it Off; Kresnak named Player of the Game (Again!)

The Varsity Dons are off to a strong start on their season, improving their record to 3-0 after Thursday’s 2-1 walk-off win against San Ramon Valley at the Pittsburg Invitational Tournament. The Dons advance to the Championship game against Clayton Valley High School tomorrow (3/1) at 3:30pm at Pittsburg High School.

Nick Kresnak was named Player of the Game in both of Acalanes’ games so far in the Pittsburg Invitational Tournament. He’s been a reliable bat and was sharp on the mound on Thursday.

Pitching was strong on both sides today…but the Dons got it done. Nick Kresnak got the start for Acalanes and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run with 6 strikeouts and no walks. Michael Castelli pitched the final 1.1 inning.

After scoring a run in the 3rd inning on Nick Bamont’s sac fly to center that brought in Will Burleigh, the Dons found themselves still locked in a tie as the last inning rolled around.

With one out in the bottom of the 7th, Tommy Thrasher came through big and sent a fly ball to deep right field and took 3 bases. With Thrasher just 90 feet from the win, SRV opted to intentionally walk the next two batters, Thatcher Hurd and Cole Murgia, to load the bases and create a force play situation. That brought Sam Heyman to the plate. On a full count and with the game on the line…SRV walked Heyman, and the Dons won in a walk off as Thrasher touched home.

A shoutout to Scott Brydon who made a SportsCenter-worthy diving catch in right field in the 6th to help keep the game tight when it mattered!

Highlights from last Saturday’s game at the Pittsburg Invitational:

Acalanes stole the lead late to defeat Castro Valley High School 5-3. With the Dons trailing 1-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Nick Bamont got things started with a line drive single to right field. Nick Kresnak followed that up with an RBI double to center field. Kresnak went on to score on an error a few plays later. That left Cole Murgia on third (after stealing 2nd and 3rd) and Sam Heyman on second following a walk and a steal. With two outs and the game tied 3-3, Brady Huchingson came to the plate. On a 3-2 count, Huchingson hit a clutch 2 RBI line drive single to right field to bring Murgia and Heyman home, making the score 5-3. Dons defense took it from there and got the “W.”

Pitching was strong for the Dons. Logan Hurd got the start and went 4 innings, allowing 3 hits and no earned runs, with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Eddie Burns took it from there and pitched 2 flawless innings with no hits and 3 K’s. Michael Castelli closed out the game for the Dons, holding off Castro Valley and preserving the win.

Between Saturday’s game and Thursday’s game, the Dons pitching staff has looked sharp, with a 14 inning collective ERA of 0.64, on 9 hits, zero walks and 14 strikeouts.

A shoutout to Acalanes’ stellar shortstop, Davis Diaz, for being the backbone of the Dons’ solid defense. The pitchers surely have Diaz, among other defenders, to thank for their impressive stats in this tournament.

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