Maybe the North Coast Section should have known better.
Benicia was a new member to the NCS this school year, but a quick scan through its previous section’s website shows that the Panthers have quite a baseball tradition.
Six Sac-Joaquin Section championships overall, including three since 2014.
Seeded 10th in the NCS Division II playoffs after a 12-11 regular season, Benicia added to its trophy case Wednesday, winning the championship with a 6-2 victory over Maria Carrillo.
The game was held four days after most of the NCS’s other baseball championships because of rainouts in earlier rounds.
Jayshaun Wise had three hits and drove in two runs, Nate Freeman had three hits, including two doubles, and Richard Mealey knocked in two runs to lead Benicia’s offense.
Peter Templeton allowed two runs (one earned) in four innings, and Freeman pitched three scoreless innings as the Panthers ended the season on a five-game winning streak.
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The fourth-place finisher in the Diablo Athletic League’s Foothill Division defeated No. 7 seed Northgate 5-0, No. 2 seed Washington-Fremont 5-3, No. 11 seed Alameda 10-0 and then the No. 4 seed from Santa Rosa to hoist the trophy.
With the exception of Alameda, Benicia got it done in the playoffs away from home.
Saratoga finished fourth and De La Salle fifth in the team standings at the California Interscholastic Federation state golf championships Wednesday at Poppy Hills Golf Course.
La Costa Canyon shot 3-under to win the team title by five strokes over Torrey Pines.
Saratoga’s Kevin Sze finished with an even-par 71 to tie for 14th in the individual standings, seven shots behind champion Luke Potter of La Costa Canyon.
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