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Pleasanton Preps: Playoff season in full swing for Foothill, Amador Valley

Softball, tennis, volleyball, lacrosse and more all in action

The Foothill girls softball team finished the regular season at 22-0, capturing a pair of games last week to clinch the undefeated record, including ending the season with an 8-1 win over rival Amador Valley.

In the game against the Dons, Foothill scored three runs in the fourth inning and three more in the top of the seventh to cement the win.

Pitcher Nicole May had another big game for the Falcons allowing only five hits, striking out 14 Amador batters and allowing no walks. Hope Alley, Courtney Beaudin, Gianna Lyng and Caelin Cavanaugh all had big hits for the Falcons.

Maddie Hildebrand had a double for the Dons with Chloe Engel (2), Julia Camelo and Sophia Youngeberg adding singles. Engel drove in the run for Amador.

In the first game of the week for Foothill, the Falcons beat California 3-2, scoring one in the fourth and then two in the sixth to get the win.

A Lyng bunt in the fourth plated Ellen Ebbers with the first run. Avery Francis scored in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and then Ebbers stole home for the final run. May gave up the two runs, allowing five hits and striking out 13.

Amador beat Granada 5-2 to open its final week of the regular season. The Dons scored four runs over the first three innings to get the jump on the game.

Youngeberg (2), Allyson Kim and Engel drove in runs for the Dons. Valeria Torres-Colon, Youngeberg, Kim and Engel all had doubles. Maude Fouque, Torres-Colon (2), Hannah Kramer, Maddie Hildebrand and Camelo all had base hits.

Mia Hildebrand got the win in the circle, pitching four innings, allowing three hits and striking out one. Malia Konig pitched the last three innings, giving up one hit and striking out four.

Both Pleasanton teams advanced to the East Bay Athletic League playoffs with their opening games set for Tuesday evening, with Foothill hosting Carondelet and and Amador traveling to Cal High. Results were pending as of press time.

Boys tennis

In the East Bay Athletic League doubles championship match between two Foothill teams, Akash Patel and Ani Poruri defeated Dylan Weiglein and Alex Yang to take the crown.

Both teams advanced to the finals by defeating teams from Amador Valley, the undefeated league champions.

Amador and Foothill dominated the all-EBAL team, taking 11 of the 12 spots. All selections were: Amador with Manas Aavula (senior), Robert Heeter (junior), Brett Miller (sophomore), Eswarsai Ramineni (senior) and Aadarsh Tripathi (freshman); Foothill with Shreekar Eedara (senior), Adam Linette (junior), Akash Patel (senior), Ani Pouri (sophomore), Dylan Weiglein (senior) and Alex Yang (senior); and Granada with Theo Dean (junior).

Ice hockey

The Amador hockey team took on and defeated Foothill by a 6-2 final.

Tied 1-1 after the first period thanks to goals from Andrew Ralston (Foothill) and Ryan Coultrip (Amador), Foothill took the lead in the second with a goal by Felix Busel, but Amador answered with three goals that period.

Carter Leong (2) and JT Fulmer gave Amador a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Dons scored twice in the third period with Joey Demeo and Dante Debenedetto getting the goals.

Foothill baseball

The Falcons finished the regular season splitting games, beating California and losing to Amador.

In the win over Cal, it was a pitcher's duel with the Falcons pulling out the 1-0 squeaker. Luke Novitske scored the lone run when a Nico Mallot single to shortstop resulted in a throwing error. Josh Anderson got the win on the mound.

In a battle for first place, Foothill dropped a 7-6 thriller to Amador. The Dons jumped out to an early lead before Foothill rallied, but the Falcons fell just short.

The two teams combined for 21 hits and the 13 runs. Caleb Lammle led the way with a home run for Foothill.

Foothill volleyball

The Falcons advanced to the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs before their season ended.

In the first round, Foothill beat San Leandro 25-21, 25-14, 25-18. Highlights for Foothill came from Azfal Peermohammed (28 assists, 8 digs), Mason Ward (12 kills, 6 service points) and Daniel Qian (13 kills, 4 aces).

In the next round Foothill fell to Granada in five sets: 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 6-15. Highlights were Peermohammed (40 assists, 12 digs, 11 service points, 7 kills), Andre Doty (14 kills, 5 service points) and Ward (15 kills, 11 digs) as the Falcons finished the season 19-11.

Girls lacrosse

The Falcons split their last two games of the season, defeating Bishop O'Dowd and falling to rival Amador.

Against Bishop O'Dowd, Foothill pulled away in the second half to net a 12-9 win. Audriana Templeman led Falcon scorers with four goals, Eva Bull added three and Kayleigh Montana and Drew Pagtakhan scored two each.

In the regular season finale, Amador defeated Foothill 19-11 in a physical game between two of the EBAL's top teams.

Amador led only 9-6 at halftime but slowly built on its lead during the second half. For Foothill, Templeman led the scoring with four goals with Montana, Bull and Pagtakhan rounding out the scoring.

Amador was led by Bella Mayo with five goals with Marley Diligent and Lily Manos adding three goals apiece. Blake Guidice added eight saves in goal for the Dons.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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