SHP reaches its first CCS baseball title game since 1989


The last time Sacred Heart Prep played in a Central Coast Section baseball championship game, none of the current players had been born. And, SHP head coach Anthony Granato probably hadn't started playing baseball yet.

The year was 1989 and the CCS Division 2A finale that season matched neighborhood rivals Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep. The Knights won, 8-2, and went on to win three more section crowns.

Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, went on to miss the next 25 title games. Now, that streak is over.

The Gators earned a berth in their first section championship game since 1989 with a 1-0 victory over No. 8 Monterey (17-13) on Tuesday night in a CCS Division II semifinal at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

The No. 4-seeded Gators (20-12) got the winning run on Andrew Daschbach's RBI double in the bottom of the first inning that scored senior Cole March, who had singled.

"Unbelievable," said Daschbach. "Definitely fun to be a part of that."

The Gators made that advantage hold up thanks to a masterful pitching performance from senior Will Johnston, who retired 16 of 17 Carmel batters after getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the first inning. He finished with a four-hit, seven-strikeout effort. He walked two batters in the first inning and none the rest of the game.

"I was a little nervous with the bases loaded," confided Daschbach. "But, he (Johnston) has been the guy to go to all season. With Will J on the mound, you know the other team isn't going to get a lot of runs."

Johnston (8-3) now has pitched 17 innings in his past two outings, while allowing just two runs. He still can pitch three innings in the championship game.

SHP will face No. 7 Carmel (23-7) in Saturday's title game at San Jose Municipal. The Padres eliminated No. 14 Aragon, 4-3, in Tuesday's other semifinal.

Carmel has won seven CCS titles while SHP is looking for its first. The teams last met in the section playoffs in 2011, with Carmel posting an 8-5 quarterfinal victory.

Sacred Heart Prep is competing in the postseason for the 13th straight year, last missing the playoffs in 2002. For the past three seasons, the Gators have lost to the eventual CCS champion.



First round

Soquel 1, Valley Christian 0

San Benito 13, Bellarmine 3

Wilcox 5, Serra 2

St. Francis 5, Leigh 0

St. Francis-CCC 3, Mitty 1

Carlmont 4, Palo Alto 0

Branham 2, Saratoga 0

Los Gatos 10, Santa Cruz 0


Soquel 2, San Benito 1

St. Francis 2, Wilcox 0

Carlmont 2, St. Francis-CCC 1 (13 innings)

Los Gatos 3, Branham 1


Wednesday's games

At San Jose Municipal Stadium

No. 11 Soquel (24-5) vs. No. 2 St. Francis 27-5), 4 p.m.

No. 4 Carlmont (24-7) vs. No. 1 Los Gatos (29-5), 7 p.m.


Saturday at San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA



First round

Sequoia 2, Lincoln 1

Monta Vista 6, Christopher School 2

Pioneer 6, Salinas 2

Independence 2, Cupertino 1

Milpitas 8, Willow Glen 6

Gunn 3, Menlo-Atherton 1

Leland 11, Watsonville 6

Piedmont Hill 2, North Salinas 1


Sequoia 5, Monta Vista 1

Pioneer 1, Independence 0

Milpitas 9, Gunn 3

Piedmont Hills 5, Leland 4



At San Jose Municipal Stadium

No. 12 Milpitas (19-11) vs. No. 16 Piedmont Hills (19-7), 4 p.m.

No. 11 Sequoia (19-11) vs. No. 7 Pioneer (17-11), 7 p.m.


Saturday at San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA



First round

Live Oak 2, San Lorenzo Valley 1

Aragon 6, Soledad 4

Carmel 13, Scotts Valley 3

Mills 5, Terra Nova 4

Burlingame 3, St. Ignatius 1

Sacred Heart Prep 1, Palma 0 (11 innings)

Monterey 3, Pacific Grove 2 (10 innings)

Hillsdale 11, Summit Prep 0


Aragon 10, Live Oak 5

Carmel 14, Mills 4 (5 innings)

Sacred Heart Prep 11, Burlingame 6

Monterey 10, Hillsdale 0 (5 innings)


Tuesday's games

Sacred Heart Prep 1, Monterey 0

Carmel 4, Aragon 3


Saturday at San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA

No. 7 Carmel (22-7) vs. No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep (20-12)

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Like this comment
Posted by Tim Goode
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

You make 1989 seem like it was a long time ago ...

Like this comment
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Half the people on the planet were not born yet in 1989.

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