High School Roundup: Bellarmine Baseball Team Cools Off Red-hot St. Francis


Bellarmine ends St. Francis’ winning streak

For more than a month, no team has been able to stop the hot St. Francis baseball team, which entered the game at home against rival Bellarmine on Tuesday, on a 15-game winning streak and going undefeated in a Western Catholic Athletic League game.

But The Bell had an answer for St. Francis, the Bay Area News Group’s top team.

They led with one header in the sixth inning and then Diego Henriquez and Matthew DiCicco extended the lead as each RBI hit doubled.

The Bells won 6-3.

Bellarmine improved to 16-5-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play. St. Francis fell to 20-3, 9-1.

Dicicco led the Bells, winning 2 of 3 and scoring a couple of runs.


Dominic Rolla started for Bellarmine and had four innings, allowing three runs. Ishaan Khambal didn’t miss a single hit in three relief innings.

Christian Galvez hit a two-run home run for St. Francis in the first inning.

No. 15 Sacred Heart Cathedral 13, No. 5 Archbishop Mitti 0

The SHC got revenge on Archbishop Mitty for a 21-1 loss early in the season by crushing the visiting Monarchs in a WCAL game.

Lucas Kelly went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and three RBIs and scored three points for Fightin’ Irish.

Aidan Taklas knocked out in four rounds, Ronin Mukai had a three-hit, three-RBI game and Nick Katz hit six innings.

SHC improved to 13-8-1, 5-5. Mitty went down to 15-6, 4-6.

No. 4 Valley Christian 6, Archbishop Riordan 1

Valley Christian, playing away, extended their winning streak to seven games by beating Archbishop Riordan in the WCAL game.

Pitchers Jacob Hudson and Alec Berlades pinned Riordan to one hit. Hudson, along with Michael Casteneda, Hunter Fujimoto, and P. J. Mauntsuridis, ran for the Warriors.

Valley Christian 18-4-1, 7-2-1. Riordan fell to 11-12, 1-9.

Serra 2, St. Ignatius 1

Serra hit two points in the home half of the sixth inning to come back and beat visiting St. Ignatius in a WCAL game.

Will Bowen and Lucas Shoemaker participated in the single and sacrificial fly pranks, respectively. Ryan Beck played three innings without allowing a single save.

Serra improved to 12-10, 3-7. St. Ignatius fell to 10-10, 3-7.

No. 17 Liberty 4, Antioch 3 (9 innings)

Christian Löhrcher hit a single in the ninth inning to continue the Liberty’s unbeaten streak in the Bay Valley Athletic League game.

Nate Bell went 3 of 4, stole the base and scored two points. Cole Ehrhorn and Michael Baker put together 11 strikeouts for the Lions that improved to 15–5, 7–0.

Christian Bajliha and James Fritzler scored against Antioch which dropped to 13–7, 3–4.


No. 1 Granada 11, No. 7 Foothill 1

Makayla Wichell, heading to Notre Dame, had three RBIs, Mariah Ayala Homered and Alex Mello went full game as Granada extended their winning streak to seven with a win over Foothill in the East Bay Athletic League game.

Saskia Raab and Alexis Phillips also had a multi-RBI game for the Matadors that improved to 19-1, 9-0. Foothills dropped to 14-7, 6-4.

No. 4 Livermore 3, Monte Vista 0

Taylor Rodriguez struck out nine points against Monte Vista in an EBAL game.

Jay Cosgriff, Audrey Sweet and Caitlin Aguilar had RBIs with runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings.

Livermore 16-3-1, 8-1. Monte Vista fell to 9-9, 5-4.

No. 15 Sequoia 3, No. 6 Aragon 0

Sequoia scored two runs in the first inning and one in the seventh in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Gulf Division win over host Aragon.