The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Top-seed San Joaquin Delta rattled off two straight wins to eliminate College of San Mateo in the best-of-three Northern California sectional baseball playoffs.
The No.5-seed Bulldogs won Friday’s opener 8-2 — their 30th win of the year — before falling Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 7-2 at Delta College. Woodside alum Brad Degnan went 6 for 12 for CSM through the series.
“That was a quality team we went up against,” Delta catcher Collin Theroux said. “They definitely made us earn it all.”
Sunday’s finale was deadlocked 1-1 after five innings, but with Sequoia alum Cameron Greenough on in relief for CSM, Delta rallied for five runs to take the lead for good.
Greenough worked 5 1/3 innings, yielding seven runs (three earned) on eight hits to take the loss. His record falls to 1-3. Delta starting pitcher Rick Delgado worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out seven to earn the win. His record improves to 9-0.
With the win, Delta advances to the state championship beginning Saturday in Fresno City. Fresno City also advanced out of Nor Cal with a sweep of Feather River. Orange Coast and Palomar will represent So Cal.