A flurry of Bay Valley Athletic League championships were determined last week.
The Heritage softball team held off a determined Freedom squad 4-3 to win the Bay Valley Athletic League Tournament title and finish the season with a perfect 22-0 record.
Sophomore Alexandra Cutonilli put the Patriots on top with a two-run single in the third inning, but Freedom picked up four consecutive hits in the sixth inning to go up 3-2 on Kaylynn Gray’s single.
One half inning later, however, Mikayla Garrison’s single drove in Cutonilli and Essence Hernandez, putting Heritage up 4-3.
Two Freedom runners reached base in the top of the seventh, but a double play ended the game, sending a host of Patriots into a frenzied celebration.
“We fought hard,” said Heritage head coach Ron Rivers. “Give credit to Freedom, they fought hard today….we caught a couple of breaks, the ball hit the pitcher’s foot a few times, but I just really liked how the girls didn’t give up.”
When asked about her sixth-inning at-bat that drove in the winning runs, Garrison said she was just trying to execute at the plate.
“We have been working so hard all year. It just kind of led up to that moment,” she said.
Freedom head coach Ken Sposito said that despite the loss, he was proud of his squad. The team finished 17-4 this season after struggling the two previous years.
“We are just getting started,” he said. “I am super-proud of this team. All they need is to get a little bit of confidence.”
The Pittsburg baseball team defeated Freedom 9-2 in the tournament championship.
Jaiden Louangrath had two RBI and George Thompson, Trevor Munson, Matthew Quesada, Gio Fuentes, James Murray and Angelo Luna each had one RBI, propelling the Pirates to victory.
Pittsburg’s Murray pitched six innings, surrendering only two runs on three hits and striking out four.
The Pirates finish the season 18-4 and 12-3 against league opponents.
Freedom’s Michon Cole went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss for Freedom.
The Falcons end the season 9-12 and 7-9 in league play.
The Heritage girls basketball team wrapped up its sixth consecutive league title with a pair of victories over crosstown rival Liberty last week.
The Patriots (10-2 and 10-0 in the Bay Valley Athletic League this season) knocked off Liberty 61-29 and 56-24 to close out the season.
In the season finale, Heritage’s Amanda Muse finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Julie Ramirez poured in 15 points and seven rebounds.
Heritage’s lone blemishes on an otherwise perfect season were a 66-64 loss to Miramonte and a 76-62 loss to Richmond’s Salesian College Preparatory.
The Heritage boys basketball team split two games with Liberty last week, prevailing 47-27 in the second game to secure the Bay Valley Athletic League title. Isaiah Hinds (14 points), Christian Wise (eight points) and Lamar Murphy (seven points) led the Patriots in the season finale. Heritage ends its season 9-1. The Lions finish their season 11-3 and 8-2 in league play.
The Liberty girls soccer team finished its season with a perfect 10-0 record to wrap up an eighth-straight Bay Valley Athletic League title. The Lions surrendered only three goals all season.
The Freedom boys soccer team (5-2-2 overall) captured the league title this season. The Falcons wrapped up the year with a 3-1 win over Heritage.
Justin Villegas (seven goals) was a team leader this season. Alberto Padilla finished with six goals on the season. Villegas led the squad with four assists and 18 points this year. Davian Valencia led the team with 18 steals.
The Deer Valley boys volleyball team finished its season 5-0.
Among the team leaders were Mason Semm (57 kills, 19 serving aces, 14 total blocks), Henry Nguyen (25 digs) and Dennis Gavrilenko (121 assists).
The Heritage girls volleyball team finished its season as league champs, with a 10-1 overall record and a 10-0 mark in league play.
The dominant Patriots dropped only two sets all season, according to the school.
Team leaders included Sydney Williams (54 kills), Rochelle Mosley (36 aces, 24 digs, 33 assists) and Cammie Johns (seven blocks).
Girls Water Polo
The Liberty girls water polo team captured the league tournament title in an 11-9 win over Heritage.
Senior Olivia Doria poured in four goals; Joslyn Dmitri struck for three; Genevieve Almgren two and Athena Ayers one.
Avery Johnston finished with 13 saves.
The Lions finish the season 10-4 and 4-1 in league play. Heritage finishes 7-4 and 5-0 in regular-season league play.
Boys water polo
The Liberty boys water polo team ousted crosstown rival Heritage 15-5 in the league tournament final.
Kyle Young registered seven goals; Zachary Ulrich added four; Cade Venables two; and one each from Jack Doria and Ryan Lichlyter. Quentin Perry had eight saves. Liberty also finished on top the regular season standings with a 9-3 record and a 4-0 mark in league play.