Gunn took over sole possession of first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division softball race by knocking host Mountain View out of a share of the top spot with a 4-3 victory in nine innings on Thursday.
The Titans improved to 8-1 in league (14-4 overall) as junior Iris Chin struck out nine and limited the Spartans (6-2, 12-7) to eight hits for the complete-game victory.
Gunn started scoring right at the top of the first inning. Emma Wager drove in the first run on a double that scored Katie Garvey from first. The Spartans took the lead in the second off a triple followed by a Gunn throwing error, bringing in two runs.
The game remained at 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth when Mountain View took a 3-1 lead. After missing out on numerous chances to score, Wager led off the sixth with a single and Anna Tevanian followed with an RBI triple. A bobbled cut off by Mountain View allowed Tevanian to score the tying run.
The game continued into extra innings until Gunn scored the winner in the ninth. With Natalie Oda on second base, Wager bounced one over the head of Mountain View's pitcher allowing Oda to score.
Gunn still has three games remaining, the next one being crucial as the Titans will visit Milpitas (7-2) next Thursday. A victory there would clinch no worse than a tie for the division title, which the Titans then could win outright by beating Cupertino on May 13.
In Hayward, Emily Katz hit two home runs and Erin Goode hit one, but Menlo-Atherton fell short in a 12-8 nonleague softball loss to host Mount Eden. Katz hit a solo in the second inning and then Katz and Goode went back-to-back in the fifth. Lili Huerta had three hits for the Bears, who fell to 12-9 overall.
Daniel Kollar-Gasiewski's seventh-inning two-run double snapped a 3-3 tie as Menlo-Atherton defeated host Menlo School, 5-3, Thursday afternoon in a key PAL Bay Division contest.
The win improved M-A's overall record to 14-9-1 and league mark to 6-4, good for third place in the tightly contested Bay Division. Terra Nova is currently in first place at 6-2, while Carlmont is second at 6-3. Menlo, meanwhile, fell to 13-10 and 4-5.
Junior AJ Lemons (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory, striking out two and allowing just a bloop double to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
M-A starting pitcher Matt McGarry shut down the Knights for most of the afternoon, allowing just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. The junior righthander scattered four hits, struck out seven, and walked five.
The Bears' offense, meanwhile, compiled 12 hits, led by Matt DeTrempe's 3-for-3 performance and two RBI. Jordan Long, Brett Moriarty, and Kollar-Gasiewski each contributed two hits, while Charlie Cain, Erik Amundson, and Paul DeTrempe accounted for one hit apiece.
M-A took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Long and Amundson reached on consecutive infield singles, and Moriarty drove Long home with a single to right-center. It was Moriarty's 17th RBI of the season to go along with a .431 batting average.
The Bears extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth when Kollar-Gasiewski walked, Paul DeTrempe singled, and Matt DeTrempe knocked them both home with a single to left.
Menlo rallied, scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth5 to slice M-A's lead to 3-1. The Knights tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out error, a walk, a balk, and a two-run single by David Farnham.
The Bears answered in the top of the seventh with two runs of their own. Long led off with a single to left (raising his season batting average to .327) and took second on Amundson's perfectly executed sacrifice bunt. Moriarty then walked, and both base runners moved into scoring position on a double steal. Kollar-Gasiewski then ripped a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line, scoring Long and Moriarty for the final 5-3 count. K-G now has four doubles and seven RBI for the season, and is hitting .311.
With senior Andrew Liang winning two individual events and swimming on two winning relays, Palo Alto successfully defended its SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet title with a 112-71 victory over visiting Gunn on Thursday.
Liang swam the butterfly leg on the opening 200 medley relay that clocked 1:38.67, captured the 50 free in 21.45, took the 100 fly in a season best of 49.38 and led off the 400 free relay that won in 3:14.01. Liang is the defending league and CCS champ in both the 50 free and 100 fly.
Gunn sophomore Daichi Matsuda threatened his school record in the 500 free before settling for victory in 4:37.37.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Burlingame wrapped up the dual-meet title with a 103-67 win over Menlo-Atherton. The Panthers have not lost a dual meet in the pool in three years, even though they had to forfeit one last year after using an ineligible swimmer.
With junior Jennifer Campbell winning two individual events and swimming on two winning relays, Gunn splashed to a 110-76 victory over host Palo Alto to finish the SCVAL De Anza Division dual-meet season with a 5-1 record. The Vikings fell to 3-3.
Campbell, who holds school records in the 200 free and 500 free, came close to both marks while winning in 1:50.06 and 4:59.00. She also swam on the opening 200 medley relay and led off the 400 free relay that clocked a season best of 3:35.48.
Freshman Grace Zhao paced the Vikings by winning the 50 free in a fast 24.09, one of the best marks in the Central Coast Section this season and one of the top five marks in school history.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Burlingame swam off with the dual-meet title following a 104-76 victory over runner-up Menlo-Atherton.
Leah Goldman, who will swim at Duke next season, won two individual races and swam on two winning relays to help sink the Bears, who brought an undefeated dual-meet record into the showdown.
Top-seeded Scott Morris from Menlo-Atherton reached the singles final at the PAL Individual Tournament on Thursday at Burlingame High.
Advancing to the doubles finale on Friday was a foursome from M-A, including the top-seeded tandem of Nick and Reed Fratt. They will face teammates Saul Menjivar and Axel Brenner, the No. 3 seed.
Track and field
Menlo-Atherton swept host Terra Nova in all four meets to finish the PAL Bay Division dual-meet season undefeated for the boys' and girls' varsity and frosh-soph divisions. The Bears posted a 96-26 victory in the varsity girls while the boys claimed their dual-meet title with a 77-45 triumph.
In the final West Bay Athletic League meet of the season, Sacred Heart Prep senior Ricky Grau won the 200 in 23.92, took the 400 in 54.30 and won the 110 high hurdles in 14.92 to lead the Gators' efforts. Team scores and field events are still forthcoming.
For the girls, Menlo School senior Maddy Price won the 100 in 12.16 and 200 in 24.87 for the Knights' top individual efforts at Sacred Heart Prep. Team scores and field events also are still being sorted out.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn senior Sarah Robinson won three events but it wasn't enough as host Los Gatos ruined the Titans' unbeaten season with a 65-57 victory on a hot afternoon.
The Wildcats clinched the meet in the final field event, making the final 1,600 relay unnecessary. The Wildcats didn't have enough available runners anyway, which would have made the final score 65-62 in favor of Los Gatos had Gunn (5-1) decided to run.
"Very frustrating," said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. "But, they also pulled out all the stops which is why they didn't really have a 4x4 to run. It's exactly the score that we projected (65-62), but we hoped a few things would fall our way; they did but then a few went the other way and that was the difference."
Robinson and sophomore Gillian Meeks went one-two in the 1,600, 800 and 3,200. Robinson clocked times of 5:12.70, 2:16.94 and 11:04.72 on the hottest day of the track and field season. Meeks was right behind in 5:17.43, 2:21.33 and 11:39.67.
Los Gatos, however, won the opening 400 relay and went one-two in the 100 hurdles and 200 just to get things rolling for the Wildcats, who beat Gunn in just about everything that Robinson and Meeks didn't run.