Gunn completed its first home-and-home baseball sweep in the SCVAL El Camino Division this season with a 7-3 victory over host Fremont on Thursday. The Titans improved to 4-2 in league (7-5 overall).
Gunn center fielder Jake Verhulp provided the offensive fireworks for his team by blasting a three-run homer in the top of the third, giving the Titans the lead for good.
Verhulp followed that up with a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice bunt. He finished the day going 3-for-4 with five RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Junior Kevin Sharp also contributed three singles and an RBI.
The Gunn pitching staff continued its strong performance early in the league season. Over the past five games, the Titans have given up a total of only three earned runs, equating to a staff ERA of 0.62.
Against Fremont, senior right-hander Ryan Gorman likewise continued his fine pitching, going six innings and giving up one earned run and four singles. Gorman pushed his record to 4-0. Sharp efficiently closed out Fremont 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh.
In Hillsborough, Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Bay Athletic League season with a 14-3 romp over Crystal Springs. Mike Covell drove in four runs on three hits for the Gators (1-0, 9-3-1) and Jack Larson added three RBI and two hits. SHP banged out 17 hits.
Frankie Hattler scored five goals and added four assists as Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten and atop the SCVAL De Anza Division standings with a 17-2 romp over visiting Los Gatos on Thursday. Duncan Hoskinson added four goals while Noah Kawasaki contributed four assists. Freshman goalie Austin Appleton had 10 saves as the Gators improved to 5-0 in league (6-0 overall) heading into Saturday's scheduled home match against Menlo-Atherton at 2 p.m.
The Bears tuned up with a 14-2 victory in SCVAL action over visiting Burlingame as Pierce Osgood scored five goals and added two assists while Nick Schlein and Kotaro Kihira added two goals and one assist each.
After taking its lumps early against the Bay Area's best, Menlo School has settled into the West Bay Athletic League season and is back doing what it does best win. That was the case once again Thursday as the Knights rolled to a 18-6 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep. Menlo improved to 2-0 in league (3-3 overall) while SHP moved to 1-1 (5-2).
The last time the teams met, Menlo captured the league championship match with a 20-15 victory. This time it wasn't as close as the Knights pulled away to a 13-3 halftime lead. Menlo took 34 shots to SHP's 12 and scored nine unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 match into an 11-1 contest with 10:43 left in the first half.
Following the break, Menlo maintained possession and scored five more times three by junior Michaela Michael. Caroline Cummings scored all three goals for SHP. Michael finished with seven goals and two assists for a season-high nine points while teammate Kacie Madeira added three goals. Ali Kim and Elyse Adler had five points each as 12 of Menlo's goals were assisted. Cummings led the Gators with five goals.
On Monday, Menlo will host Cherry Creek of Colorado, the No. 1-ranked team in the West and the defending state champion, at 4 p.m.
In San Jose, Castilleja got 10 goals from Martha Harding plus six goals and two assists from Lou Biffar in a 20-6 nonleague victory over host Notre Dame-San Jose in a nonleague match on Thursday at PAL Stadium. Sophomore goalkeeper Rebecca Merenbach made nine saves.