NCS, CCS baseball playoffs: Wednesday’s surprises, trends and more


Washington’s hero

Washington-Fremont third baseman Stevie Murata might never forget the eighth inning Wednesday in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II baseball playoffs. In the top half of the frame, with the score tied, Newark Memorial’s Ashraf Yusuf absolutely crushed a line drive that was targeted for left field, a certain single, maybe more. But Murata soared Superman-style, and the ball somehow found as his outstretched glove. “I just took one step to the left and laid out,” he said. “I was on the ground. I looked, and it was in there.” Newark Memorial coach Larry Murray called the play “awesome,” adding, “Why couldn’t you do that against somebody else.” Added Washington coach Michael Sewell, “He came out his shoes for us on that one. He’s been growing as a ballplayer. He continues to impress.” Then in the bottom half of the inning, as the wind swirled and rain intensified, Murata came to bat with two out and the winning run at second. The senior wasted no time. He hit a single to left that drove in Damian Stone as second-seeded Washington celebrated a 5-4 victory over its Mission Valley Athletic League counterpart. The Huskies will play host to Northgate or Benicia in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Small-ball lifts Huskies

Washington showed in the first inning why it has 21 wins. Stone opened with a bunt single. Murata followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved Stone to second. Frankie Lawrence reached on an infield single, then Jake Serpa dropped a perfect bunt to bring home Stone. A balk drove in another run and then Jarod Ngo singled to center to make it 3-0. “Playoff baseball,” Sewell said.

No quit in Newark Memorial

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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