By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Redwood Christian overcame an early deficit and defeated St. Vincent, 3-2, in a Division 5 quarterfinal game in San Leandro on Friday.
The Mustangs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning only to have the Eagles rally to take a 3-1 lead in the second.
St. Vincent made it a one-run game in the sixth as George Sammon got a hit, stole second and Liam Galten’s single to left field brought him home.
The Mustangs went quietly in the seventh.
Redwood Christian, the No. 3 seed, improved to 21-5. No. 6 St. Vincent goes to the sidelines with the same record.
“Redwood Christian is one of the top teams in the bracket and we showed we can play with them,” coach Gary Galloway said.
“The beauty of it is, we only lose two seniors to graduation.”
This was the 10th year in a row St. Vincent has made it to NCS.
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At Kentfield, Branson scored eight runs in the second inning and the game was called after five.
The game was held up for 30 minutes in the bottom of the second after batter Garrett Gabianelli was hit in the face. An ambulance was called to take him to the hospital.
“That shook everybody up,” Coyotes coach Dave Cox said. “After the game resumed, we were a different team.”
The day began promising enough for Sonoma Academy as the Coyotes scored in the first inning. Daniel Brown singled and he scored on Ethan Jones’ double down the left-field line.
Brown also got a hit in his only other plate appearance.
In its Division 5 opener on Wednesday, Sonoma Academy picked up the first NCS victory in school history. The Coyotes defeated South Fork, 6-1.
The Santa Rosa school, the No. 10 seed, ended the season with a 17-5 record.