SHP ruins no-hit bid while upending Menlo-Atherton

Sacred Heart Prep's Danny Cody beat out an infield single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to end Menlo-Atherton's Matt McGarry's no-hit bid and give the Gators a 1-0 victory over the Bears on Friday in PAL Bay Division baseball action.

Will Johnston, who pitched a five-hitter, got the win for Sacred Heart Prep (3-3, 10-6) as he tossed a complete game and used only 90 pitches against the Bears (3-2, 9-5).

In the top of the eighth, SHP's JR Hardy (hitting for John Van Sweden) grounded out and Andrew Robinson was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a passed ball. Chris Lee grounded out to second for the second out but Andrew Daschbach also was hit by a pitch to keep the rally alive. Cody then hit a grounder between third and short and beat out the hit, with Robinson scoring from third. McGarry was replaced after 116 pitches. Will Reilly was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, but Cole March struck out to end the inning.

In Half Moon Bay, Menlo School finished the first half of PAL Bay Division season with a 5-3 victory over host Half Moon Bay on Friday.

The Knights (4-2, 10-5) scored runs in the top of the first, keyed by Macklan Badger's two-out towering double to right-center field. Menlo added another run in the third, again on a two-out double by Badger.

Senior right-hander Wyatt Driscoll held the Cougars at bay until the sixth, when he gave up back-to-back hits to lead off the inning. Sophomore Davis Rich came in and gave up a two-run triple to Bret Berghammer before settling down to retire the next six hitters in a row, including three strikeouts, to notch his third save of the year.

The Knights will take their five-game winning streak to San Diego this week as they play in the Lion's club tournament.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto won its third baseball game of the week and defeated visiting Gunn a second time by the same 9-1 score while moving up in the standings on Friday.

The Vikings improved to 6-2 in league (10-7) overall while the Titans fell to 0-8 and 1-15. Paly pounded out 14 hits -- it had 13 on Wednesday -- to help Corey Bicknell pick up the win. He pitched six strong innings.

Senior Jack Cleasby had a double and two RBI and Austin Kron had a double among his two hits. Anthony Lim, Phil Lewis, Noah Phillips and Daniel Tachna-Fram also had two hits apiece. Paly wraps up its busy week with a nonleague home game against College Park on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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