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June 1, 2010 > BCL teams get early NCS exit

BCL teams get early NCS exit

By Nick Zambrano

Both teams from the Bay Counties League earned bids to compete in the North Coast Section Championships. Fremont Christian earned their automatic bid when they won the BCL Championship on May 11. They defeated the California School for the Deaf by a score of 13-0 in that game.

CSD, having lost that game, had to submit an application for a bid to participate in the postseason. During the regular season, the Eagles compiled an overall record of 15-5 and a league record 8-3. All three of their league losses came at the hands of the Warriors from Fremont Christian.

With just the three losses coming against a formidable foe, CSD earned their right to compete for the NCS title. It was just the third time in CSD history that school qualified for the NCS Tournament.

Both teams had an extensive two-week break between the end of the season and their first-round NCS match-ups.

The no. 6 Warriors were shut down in their first round game against the no. 3 St. Vincent de Paul, 3-0, in the DV tourney. It was the first time since mid-March that Fremont Christian was held to under three runs; it was also the first time they were shutout.

Fremont had opportunities to get on the board, but couldn't get anything across. They left four runners on base. Isaac Liston, Allen Esterly, Isaiah Liston and Jay Haak accounted for the Warriors' hits; Haak had the only extra base hit, a double.

The no. 6 Eagles put up more of a fight in their game with the no. 3 Point Arena Pirates but still fell, 7-4, in the DVI first round.

Trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning, CSD fought back to tie the game. However, the Pirates tagged Eagles' ace Zac Kohler for another three runs in the sixth to bring the game to its concluding score.

Despite giving up seven runs and eight hits, Kohler struck out four and gave up just three earned runs. Kohler also finished the game with a double and an RBI.

The Eagles' lone senior received high honors as the CSD coaching staff named him the team's Most Valuable Player for the 2010 season. Kohler will end his stint with the Eagles as the school's career strikeout leader with 278.

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