The Foothill High girls' softball team won its first two games of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs by a combined 13-1 last week.
In the opener last Wednesday, the No. 2 seeded Falcons knocked Dublin out of the tournament by a 7-0 final. Scoring all seven of their runs in the first three innings, including four in the bottom of the first, the Falcons cruised home with the win.
Nalani Scates went the distance as the pitcher, allowing only three hits to the Gaels. Ragan Lacy and Maddie Warren led the way on offense. Warren had two hits, including a double and drove in a pair of runs. Lacy also had two hits, one of which was a double. Karen Didio had a double as well for the Falcons.
Last Friday, two days later, Foothill dispatched an always tough James Logan team by a 6-1 final. Once again the Falcons struck early, scoring three in the first and adding another pair in the third.
Lacy had the big hit early, hammering a three-run home run in the first inning. Megan Shackley had a pair of hits, scored a run and drove in one as well to also aid the Foothill offense. Alana Mendez added a double for Foothill. Scates went the distance in the circle, striking out seven and allowing only three hits.
Amador Valley is the top seed for the tournament and drew a first round bye. In the second round, the Dons came out and beat Liberty 5-1 to advance to the semifinals as well. The Dons scored single runs in five different innings to get the win.
Jessica Emde had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Hannah Meyers had three hits, scored once and drove in a run. With the offense taking care of business, sophomore pitcher Danielle Williams turned in her typical, spectacular outing, striking out 16, while walking only one.
The Falcons and Dons play their separate semifinals later this week, and if each wins, the two Pleasanton schools would square off in the final this weekend.
TRACK AND FIELD
A pair of Amador Valley athletes turned in standout performances in the NCS "Meet of Champions" held Memorial Day weekend, advancing to the CIF State Championships.
Nathan Esparza and Brookey Villanueva both will move on to the state meet to be held Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.
Esparaza is the top performer in the weight events, not just in the East Bay Athletic League, but in NCS, and poses a legitimate threat to medal at state.
In the Meet of Champions, Esparaza took both the shot put and the discus. In the shot he captured the title with a mark of 66-feet, 4-inches, a new meet record, breaking the old mark of 63-05 that was set in 1981. He also won the discus, posting a final distance of 188-02.
Esparaza shot put mark is the second best qualifying mark heading into state with Bronson Osborn of Esperanza posting the top mark of 68-1 (1/2). In the discus, Esparza has the fifth best qualifying mark, with Kyle Carrillo of Westlake coming in at 200-1 in the top spot.
Villanueva qualified for state by finishing third in the 300 hurdles, posting a time of 44.65 seconds.