By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Undefeated and top-seeded Clear Lake pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday to defeat visiting Stuart Hall, 2-1, and advance to the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division 5 tournament.
Jordan Chana started the inning by reaching base on a passed ball after striking out. He advanced to second following Jared Strate’s walk and scored the game winner on Jake Egger’s single to right field.
Egger, who bats right-handed, overcame a Stuart Hall shift that had the right fielder playing far off the line.
Egger’s hit cleared the infield and a diving right fielder was unable to get a glove on the ball. Chana scored easily.
It was an uphill battle for Clear Lake to get win No. 26.
The Cardinals found themselves down 1-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth. Cole Brodnansky singled and moved to third on a couple of passed balls. He then scored on a single by Tyler Manning.
“We were down late in a couple of games during the regular season and came back to win,” coach Zane Jensen said. “That helped us in this situation.
“Sure there were nerves with this much at stake, but they found a way to win again.”
Starter Brandon Coakley and reliever Matt Heller limited the visitors from San Francisco to four hits. Heller pitched the final 3⅓ innings.
“Both guys were outstanding and kept us in the game until we scored some runs,” Jensen said.
“Also, our defense was solid and came up with big plays.”
The Cardinals were limited to six hits with Manning coming up with two of those.
Clear Lake will host a semifinal game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
TOMALES 8, RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 7
At Santa Rosa, the No. 4 Braves eliminated the top-seeded Eagles in a Division 6 semifinal game.
Tomales scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-3 lead, only to have RVC rally in its half of the inning.
Following hits by Nick and Morgan Giuseponi along with singles by Josiah Aristizabal and J.W. Peterson, the Eagles trailed 8-7 and had the bases loaded with two outs. However, the next hitter fouled out to the catcher.
The RVC defense made two of its five errors in the seventh. Only three of the Tomales runs were earned.
The Braves committed three miscues and only one of RVC’s runs was earned.
Ty Evenich led the Tomales offense with two runs and Morgan Giuseponi had two singles for RVC.
Joey Wright was the winning pitcher and Adam Gockel took the loss.
RVC ends the season 18-5 while Tomales plays on with a 12-8 record.
JUSTIN-SIENA 18, CLOVERDALE 1
The No. 2 seeded Braves scored 11 runs in the fourth inning and needed just five innings to rout the Eagles in a second-round Division 4 matchup, earning a date with St. Patrick/St. Vincent in the semifinal Tuesday in Napa.
Cloverdale, the No. 10 seed out of the NCL I, closed out its season at 16-10.
ST. BERNARD 7, POINT ARENA 0
The Crusaders blanked the Pirates to reach the championship of the Division 6 playoffs.
St. Bernard (14-13), the No. 2 seed in Division 6, will meet Tomales next week for the title.
Point Arena, the No. 3 seed in the division, finished its season at 11-7.