With a trip to the next tournament already assured, the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars hope to take a title with them after qualifying for the District 6 championship with a 12-1 romp over Mountain View on Monday night at Baylands Athletic Center.
Palo Alto will take on unbeaten Belmont Blue on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., needing a victory to force a challenge game that evening at Baylands.
No matter what happens, Palo Alto will join Belmont Blue and Mountain View in the NorCal State Tournament that runs July 19-24 at Belmont Sports Complex.
Palo Alto, of course, would like to take a three-game winning streak into the next tourney after dispatching Mountain View in five innings.
Ryan Chang started for Palo Alto and helped himself with a two-run single in the fourth to push Palo Alto into a 6-1 lead. David Schwardt and Troy Siegler provided solid defense for the winners.
Palo Alto will be joined in the next round by the 14s and 13s, also district tourney winners.
The 14s needed to beat Bel-Mateo twice on Saturday and did just that with a 15-5 mercy-rule win in Game 1 and a 5-4 victory in Game 2 that saw Ole Erickson's walk-off single bring home Tony Masetti with the winning run in the ninth inning.
Niko Lillios pitched three innings in relief and got the victory after Dominic Cacchione had pitched the first six.
In Game 1, Bradley Smith's RBI single provided the 10-run margin that wrapped things up for Palo Alto. Lillios picked up the pitching win.
Alpine/West Menlo will play for the District 52 10-11 all-star tournament title on Tuesday after routing previously unbeaten San Mateo National, 13-3, in four innings on Monday at Marina Field in Belmont.
The teams will meet again on Tuesday, also at 5:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the section tourney.
Alpine scored all of its runs in the bottom of the first on eight hits. Kyle Otis had a grand slam to highlight the scoring parade.
San Mateo National had knocked Alpine into the consolation bracket with a 3-0 win on Friday.