All good things finally came to an end for the Gunn softball team on Thursday as the Titans' perfect season in the SCVAL El Camino Division came to an end.
Gunn suffered its first division loss of the season, a 2-1 decision to visiting Milpitas. The Titans (6-1, 12-4) fell into a tie for first place with Mountain View (6-1, 12-5), which posted a 5-0 win over Fremont on Thursday. Milpitas (5-2, 15-7) is only a game back.
Gunn had an opportunity to put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, but Katie Garvey was thrown out at home after trying to score from first on Emma Wager's double. Gunn left two more batters in scoring positions in the bottom of the third, also unable to score.
Milpitas first threatened in the top of the fourth when it loaded the bases with one out, but the Titans' defense was able to prevent any runs. In the top of the fifth, Milpitas was finally able to score two runs on back-to-back Gunn errors.
The Titans tried to fight back in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with only one. Gunn, however, managed just one run.
The Titans can break the tie for first with a victory over host Mountain View next Thursday. Gunn still has one more game against Milpitas, as well, the following week.
Just one day after knocking Menlo School out of a share of first place in the PAL Bay Division, Sacred Heart Prep had the opportunity to do the same with host Terra Nova.
That, however, proved to be too big of a task for the Gators as they dropped a 9-2 decision. The Tigers (5-2, 11-8), who moved into a tie for first with Menlo-Atherton, will visit Menlo School on Friday.
Robert Larson and Alec Bradford were knocked around by the Tigers and gave up a combined 12 hits, five for extra bases. Andrew Robinson led the Gators (4-4, 11-8) with a pair of hits.
Colin Johnson scored five goals and added six assists to pace Menlo School in a 16-5 victory over host Burlingame in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Thursday.
The Knights (6-2, 11-3) took a 9-0 halftime lead when five players scored, including Jack Marren and Riley Zeisler, each of whom had three first-half goals. Marren also finished with four assists while goalie Bruno Geoly had 11 saves.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn dropped a 10-8 decision to host Carlmont. Jared Bibo scored three times for the Titans with Anatole Colevas, Yotam Blum, Hans von Clemm, Sal Giovanotto and Lucas Munro all tallying once.
Track and field
With sophomore Eli Givens winning three individual events and running a leg on the winning 400 relay, the Palo Alto boys won their first SCVAL De Anza Division dual meet of the season with a 66-61 triumph over host Los Altos on Thursday.
Givens took the 100 (11.19), edged teammate Nick Sullivan in the 200 (both clocked 22.40) and won the long jump (20-1) as the Vikings (1-4) held off the Eagles. Freshman Kent Slaney swept the 1,600 and 3,200, getting under 10 minutes in the metric two-miler with a solid 9:58.87. Slaney led a key 1-2-3 finish in the 1,600 while Elias Fedel had an important second place in the high jump at 5-6.
The meet came down to the final 1,600 relay, with Palo Alto running away with the victory in 3:26.54, just off their season best (3:26.40) that ranks No. 3 in the Central Coast Section this season.
Palo Alto also won the girls' meet, 72-55, as the Vikings won both relay, outscored the Eagles in the hurdles, 17-1, as Catherine Yu won both; swept the triple jump behind Pippa Raffel, Jacey Pederson and Katie Foug; and went one-two in both the 100 and 200.
At Gunn, the Titans swept dual meets from visiting Mountain View in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The girls won, 82-40, while the boys won, 74-47.
Sarah Robinson cruised to victories in the 1,600 (5:06.19) and 800 (2:16.61); Stephanie Do took the long jump (16-2 1/2) and triple jump (32-7 3/4); Maya Miklos won the 100 (12.34) and 300 hurdles (43.94) and Adriana Noronha doubled in the shot put (37-11) and discus (119-11), with her discus mark taking over the CCS lead.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton defeated Carlmont in the girls (101-32) and boys (78-52) meets as the Bears improved to 5-0 on both sides.