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Defending state champion College of San Mateo exploded for five runs in the fifth inning and took a 9-1 mercy-rule win over visiting West Valley College. The win breaks a first-place Coast Conference tie between the two teams and propels the Bulldogs to their fourth straight league title.

Skyline College and College of San Mateo entered this week tied for second place in the Coast North Conference baseball race following last week’s three-game local series. Skyline took the first contest, 4-1, in San Bruno, but then dropped the next two games with the Bulldogs, 7-4, and 14-0.

Three teams entered the week unbeaten in Coast Conference play. Reigning state champion College of San Mateo took care of business in Thursday’s first showdown with state No. 4-ranked Monterey Peninsula, smacking the Lobos 10-1 at College Heights.

College of San Mateo was among the first of the state’s 88 community college baseball teams to reach 20 wins on Saturday, after sweeping all three of the week’s Coast North Conference games with City College of San Francisco.

After sweeping a trio of Coast crossover games last week, College of San Mateo brings a 16-3 record into league play, best among all 13 Coast teams.

Skyline College and College of San Mateo are sending both their women’s and men’s basketball teams to the California Community College Athletic Association state playoffs, with regional play beginning Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

JD Carson scored 13 points, including the eventual winning points on a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:55 left in the game, as College of San Mateo closed out regular season Coast North men’s basketball play with a 66-61 victory at Cañada College in Redwood City Friday night.

Although the weather was indeed poor, a pair of College of San Mateo women sports teams ran past their opposition on Saturday. The CSM women’s softball team recorded a pair of mercy victories in the rain, by a combined score of 26-1.

College of San Mateo baseball (4-0) won its fourth straight to start the year, and sophomore pitcher Noel Valdez picked up his first victory as the Bulldogs rolled to a 5-3 final Saturday at Merced College.

With returning state women’s athlete of the year Lafu Malepeai leading the way, College of San Mateo’s defending state champion women’s softball team opened the 2023 season ranked No. 1 in the state preseason coach poll, released Friday.