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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 29, 2013

Menlo School, M-A baseball teams reach championship games

by Keith Peters

Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton will play for baseball tournament championships while Palo Alto continues to play like a champion following lopsided wins by all three teams on Wednesday.

Menlo advanced to the championship game of the Cupertino Lion's Club Host Tournament for the second straight year following a 10-0 victory over Kennedy (Sacramento) in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

By reaching the finals, the Knights (9-3) denied Mitty a chance to play for a seventh straight Lion's Club title as Menlo upset the Monarchs in the opening round and finished pool play with a 3-0 mark.

Jack Redman pitched Menlo into the finals as he won his second game in three days. He needed only 59 pitches in five shutout innings, 47 of which were strikes while allowing just a first-inning single. He struck out four and walked none.

Redman came on in relief in Monday's 4-2 win over Sierra and threw four shutout innings to gain the victory in extra innings. Menlo will face Monterey in Friday's championship game at PAL Stadium at 7 p.m. The Knights will be on spring break next week, but will be playing in the annual Bishop Gorman Classic starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Menlo's 9-8 win over Mitty in the opening round got the ball rolling in San Jose.

Despite a 6-1 deficit after two innings, Menlo rallied for two runs in the third four in the fourth and scored the game-winner in the sixth to pull off the upset.

"Great win," said Menlo coach Craig Schoof. "One of the biggest in program history, right up there with CCS titles, win over Logan in 1991 and win over Hayward in '91 when they were rank second in the state!

With the Knights and Monarchs tied at 7 after four, Menlo took the lead in the fifth when Austin Marcus led of with a walk and Brock Cozad sacrificed him to second. After a strikeout, Jared Lucian singled in Marcus for an 8-7 lead.

In the sixth, Mikey Diekroeger led off with a walk, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Adam Greenstein, his third RBI of the game. He finished with two hits, as did Will King and Lucian.

At the Cordova Easter Tournament in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento, Menlo-Atherton junior Jordan Long tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout and contributed a 3-for-3, four-RBI performance at the plate as the Bears dominated Mesa Verde, 21-0, in five innings Wednesday.

M-A improved to 10-4 and advanced to yesterday's championship game against tourney host Rancho Cordova.

Long threw just 56 pitches in the five-inning contest, striking out eight with no walks. On offense, M-A's prolific attack was fueled by 12 hits, 10 walks, and six batters hit by pitches.

In addition to Long's perfect day at the plate (including a double), senior James Kollar-Gasiewski went 3-for-4 with four RBI while giving starting catcher Charles Grose a day off behind the plate. Junior Josh Gabriel went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, Paul DeTrempe was 1-for-2 with three RBI, Randy Lopez was 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Colin Martell was 1-for-3 with four runs scored. In all, 10 different M-A batters had at least one RBI in the game.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the Bears blew the game open in the second inning, scoring seven times. M-A put the game completely out of reach in the bottom of the fourth with a 13-run explosion as the Bears sent 18 batters to the plate.

Menlo-Atherton defeated Placer (Auburn), 4-2, in its opening game and crushed Valley (Sacramento), 13-3, in five innings in its second game. On Tuesday, Matt McGarry pitched a one-hitter as the Bears posted a 9-0 victory over Rio Linda. McGarry lost his no-hitter on a lead-off single in the seventh.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto won its eighth straight game and remained tied for first place with Wilcox following a 10-1 romp over host Los Altos on Wednesday.

The Vikings (6-1, 11-4) held a 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth when Austin Kron tripled home a pair of runs for a 4-0 lead. In the top of the seventh, Paly scored five times with Isaac Feldstein's three-run homer the big hit.

Feldstein finished with four hits and four RBI as Rohit Ramkumar gained the complete-game victory and improved to 6-0. He scattered five hits, walked none and struck out eight.

The Eagles and Vikings will play again Friday, at Palo Alto starting at 3:30 p.m.

Boys' golf

Sacred Heart Prep kept pace with defending champ Menlo School in the West Bay Athletic League with a 193-210 victory over Harker at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club on Tuesday.

The Gators (4-0, 6-0) were led by junior Bradley Knox, who had three birdies during his 1-over round of 36. Stanford-bound Maverick McNealy shared medalist honors with Knox. Derek Ackerman (37) and Ryan Galvin (39) also had solid rounds for SHP, which is off for spring break before hosting Menlo on April 8 in the first of two showdowns for first place.

At Palo Alto Municipal, three other top golf teams got together to test their talents and local rivals Gunn and Palo Alto each shot 373 to share honors in the nonleague tri-match. Menlo, which was missing two starters, finished with a 393 total.

Medalist honors went to Gunn's Avinash Sharma and Menlo's Andrew Buchanan, each shooting 2-under 70 for their 18-hole rounds.

Carding even-par rounds of 72 included Anson Cheng of Gunn and John Knowles of Palo Alto.

Girls' lacrosse

Senior Charlotte Biffar scored a season-high seven goals to pace Palo Alto to a 16-3 romp over visiting Pioneer in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League match on Tuesday night.

The Vikings (7-0, 9-0) remained in first place as Annemarie Drez and Kristen DeStefano added two goals apiece. Single tallies came from Gigi Lucas-Conwell, Anna Dairaghi, Claire Chevallier, Nina Kelty and Julia Farino while Kelty and Simone Buteau provided two assists apiece.

In Atherton, Caroline Cummings tallied five goals to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 15-1 romp over visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral in a WBAL match on Tuesday. Ally Mayle added four goals, Brigid White tallied three and Libby Muir contributed two for the Gators (2-0, 8-0).

In another WBAL match, senior Brooke Bullington scored seven goals in her second straight match to pace Menlo School to a 22-9 romp over visiting Castilleja. Kaitlin Frangione added five goals and three assists as the Knights improved to 2-0 in league (2-4 overall) while dropping the Gators to 0-2 (1-2). Katherine Hobbs tallied five goals for Castilleja.

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