Leigh, Bellarmine to meet in a title game


Central Coast Section

Lee won 11 in a row before a late-season slide cost the Longhorns an outright league championship.

The good vibes are back now.

On Wednesday, Leigh traveled to Hartnell College in Salinas and defeated top-seeded Aptos 9-1 in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs.

The Longhorns advance to play second-seeded Bellarmine for the championship Friday at Excite Ballpark in San Jose.

Senior left-hander Colton Hansen was sensational in the semifinals at Lee, allowing one run and four hits over 6⅔ innings.

Dom Pinella had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs and Justin Jeong went 3 for 4 with two runs scored for San Jose School.

The Longhorns also got a hit and two RBIs from Carter Williams as they improved to 19-10.

Lee scored one in the first and four in the third. They added a run in the fifth and three in the sixth against an opponent that finished 20-6.

No. 2 Bellarmine 5, No. 6 Sierra 2

Bellarmine defeated West Catholic Athletic League rival Sierra for the third time in four meetings this season, this one at Mission College for a trip to the CCS Division II finals.

Wade Mounts allowed two runs in 3⅓ innings and Paul Wheeler pitched 3⅔ scoreless innings.

Chris Rudel had two hits and two RBIs and Nolan Randall doubled twice and scored a run for Bellarmine.

The Bulls improved to 19-12-1. Sierra won 16-12.

North Coast Section

Division II

No. 6 Maria Carrillo 6, No. 7 Benicia 2

Miles Cooper hit a two-run homer for Benicia in the fifth to give the Panthers a brief lead, but Maria Carrillo answered with two in the home half of the frame as the Santa Rosa school topped the Division II championship game on Saturday. Moved forward. Said Casa Grande.

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