MOUNTAIN VIEW – The final out is never easy against Valley Christian. It’s been that way for years.
Thursday on its home field in Mountain View, St. Francis got the final out and then celebrated in the middle of its diamond for the second consecutive week.
Seven days after clinching the West Catholic Athletic League regular-season championship, St. Francis captured the league’s postseason tournament, too.
There will be no co-champions in the WCAL this season.
St. Francis has the crown all to itself.
St. Francis celebrates on its home field in Mountain View after beating Valley Christian in the West Catholic Athletic League tournament final on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)
The Lancers edged Valley Christian 2-1 as Baylor commit Blake Rogers struck out 12 and Elias Duncan knocked in both St. Francis runs with a single up the middle in the second.
It’s the first time since 2015 that St. Francis swept the league’s regular-season and postseason championships.
Back then, St. Francis was the Central Coast Section’s top program.
Now, Valley has the proverbial target on its back after winning the top division in each of the past four CCS playoffs.
This season, St. Francis, ranked No. 1 in the latest Bay Area News Group Top 20, has won two of the three games between the teams.
“We just compete,” Duncan said. “That’s all we do. This was our goal at the beginning of the year, to win both and keep on going at CCS and keep working hard.”
St. Francis’ Blake Rogers pitches in the seventh inning during the West Catholic Athletic League tournament final against Valley Christian on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)
Valley, ranked No. 2, reached Thursday’s final earlier in the day when it completed a marathon 12-6, 12-inning semifinal victory over fourth-ranked Bellarmine.
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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment