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Pleasanton Preps: Falcons, Dons making deep runs on diamond at sections

Also: Amador boys tennis reaches NorCal semis

The Amador Valley and Foothill girls softball teams each won their first two games in the North Coast Section playoffs to advance to a meeting in the semifinals on Wednesday.

It will be the third time in four weeks for the two teams to meet.

Foothill, the top seed in the tournament and undefeated on the season, opened the week with a 12-0 win over Mt. Eden.

Nicole May and Maddie Heinlin combined on a no-hitter in the win. May and Hope Alley each hit a home run, with Alley driving in four runs.

In the second game, Foothill beat Napa 11-1, with May pitching five innings for the win, giving up only one hit and striking out seven. Courtney Beaudin and Ellen Ebbers each hit a home run, with Hailey Hayes and Alley also contributing multiple hits.

The fourth-seeded Dons opened the tournament with a tight 4-3 win over Berkeley.

Sophia Youngberg, Mia Hildebrand and Allyson Kim had the three hits for the Dons, with Youngberg, Kim, Chloe Engel and Hannah Kramer scoring the runs.

Hildebrand got the win in the circle, allowing one hit in four innings. Malia Konig went the last three innings, striking out four.

Next up was a 4-1 win over Dublin.

Hildebrand (2 RBI) and Engel drove in runs for the Dons, with Hildebrand rapping a pair of hits. Konig got the win in the circle and combined with Hildebrand to allow six hits and strike out eight.

The Falcons were set to host the Dons in their semifinal matchup on Wednesday. The winner would go on to face either Heritage or California in the NCS final.

Baseball

The Falcons and Dons each won a pair of NCS games to advance to the semifinals, each set against different opponents on Tuesday evening.

No. 4 seed Foothill opened the tournament with a 7-4 win over Liberty. Josh Robinson went the distance to get the win on the mound, striking out five and allowing four runs. The offense was led by doubles from Cory Steinhauer and Matt Sugden and a triple by Nico Mallot.

In the next round it was a 10-3 win over Dougherty Valley that sent the Falcons to the semifinals.

Jake Gebb also went the distance on the mound to get the win. Gebb struck out five and allowed no walks. Foothill had 11 hits led by Joseph Scalzo who went 3-for-4 and Ryan Stemplinger who went 2-for-2.

For the second-seeded Dons, their NCS run featured an opening-round win over San Leandro 3-1 and then a nail-biting 1-0 victory over Clayton Valley Charter in the quarterfinal.

In the semifinals, the Dons were set to host Heritage (No. 3) while the Falcons were due to travel to De La Salle (No. 1) on Tuesday evening, with results pending as of press time.

Amador tennis

The Dons finished their outstanding 28-1 season by making it to USTA Northern California Regional Boys Tennis Championship semifinals.

They first advanced with their 4-3 win over Jesuit. Vedhant Kaliyur clinched the win in his singles match after the doubles teams secured all their matches.

Robert Heeter/Brett Miller, Nithilan Muruganandham/Vishal Muthuvel and Manas Aavula/Idan Belau all got it done in the doubles.

In the semifinals, the Dons lost 6-1 to powerhouse Menlo, but did take five of the seven matches to three sets. Miller and Heeter got the lone win for the Dons in the No. 1 doubles match.

Amador hockey

The Dons finished the season as the league runner-up, falling 5-2 in the finals to California.

The Dons scored the first goal of the game with Ryan Coultrip putting it home. Joey Demeo scored the other goal in the third period.

Foothill basketball

The Falcons are running their Blue and Gold Camp over three weeks in June for boys and girls who are incoming fourth- through ninth-graders. The separate sessions run Mondays through Thursdays on June 10-13, June 17-20 and June 24-27. Each day runs 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Foothill.

Players will be grouped by divisions/grades to promote competitive teams.

Camp objectives: Blue and Gold Camp will develop basketball players in all aspects of their game. Sessions will focus on offensive skills, defensive fundamentals and overall knowledge of the game. Players will leave with a better understanding of how to develop their own skill set as well as building offensive and defensive team principles.

For more information, contact head coach Jason Wallis at jwallis@cv.k12.ca.us.

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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