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Ace’s 2-hitter leads Lowell to 5th straight title

Before Wednesday’s title game against Washington, Lowell baseball coach Daryl Semien told pitcher Joe Solomon to put an emphatic stamp on his San Francisco Section career. All of it came to fruition with Solomon’s tidy two-hitter in a 2-0 SFS/AAA championship win that took all of 1 hour, 25 minutes. Afterward, Solomon, who struck out seven and walked none to pick up his 20th career victory, led the Cardinals (22-8) on a victorious jog around the major-league stadium. Holding the giant silver trophy above his wavy blond locks, he finished the jog by jumping with both cleats on home plate. Washington (16-10), which beat Solomon in the teams’ first meeting in March, managed just two singles by senior All-AAA shortstop Kia Moody, one in the first inning and one in the seventh. Between those hits, Solomon retired 16 of 17; the lone baserunner was Nathan Wong, who reached on an infield error to start the fifth. After a popfly out, Solomon ended it with a strikeout of Wong, setting off a massive dog pile near the mound. With runners at first and second, Spenser Wong laid down a potential sacrifice bunt, but third baseman Jacob Villarosa quickly got the ball to Moody covering third for the forceout. Moody then made a spectacular, quick throw to first, where second baseman Aaron Maui was covering to complete the impressive double play. In the West Coast Athletic League semifinals at Santa Clara University, Nick Marinconz doubled home Eddie Park with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Senior Hannah Ryan (13-2) fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts at San Francisco State, lifting the Eagles (15-2) to their 13th SFS championship. Denise Chow drove in two runs, and Taylor Gillern added two hits and two runs for Washington, which advances to Transbay Series play next week.

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