Posted by Ron, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Jul 31, 2006 at 11:13 pm
Palo Alto lost to a team that had already lost in this round. That team will play a team that Palo Alto has already beaten. Go figure. After 13 straight wins, PA loses one and is out. The rules need to change in NorCal Division to provide for a round robin and double elimination so this doesn't happen again.
Anyway, the PA kids were magnificent throughout, and, as far as I'm concerned, are national champion caliber in every way. Go Freddy, Mark, James, Austin, Jeffrey, Graham, Kevin, Tony, Jack, Jack, Jordan and Drake!
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2006 at 7:00 am
No, they lost 5 - 1. Marchant threw a 5 hitter, but unfortunately 4 were home runs. And the pitcher from River Park was very good and limited us to 3 hits. It was a great run for these kids. It was great from a community perspective to watch them play. And hopefully we'll see them wearing the Paly green in a few years!
Posted by Theresa Carey, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2006 at 8:41 am
I'm so proud of both of our winning All-Star teams. The 10-11s went 11-2 in the post-season while the 11-12s went 13-2. Those are great records and should be celebrated. The 10-11s end up in 5th place in Northern California, while the 11-12s are in third.
This has been an incredible summer for Palo Alto baseball, and bodes well for the future. Only a couple of programs, River Park among them, sent both 10-11s and 11-12s to the NorCal playoffs. I can see these guys battling it out for the state championship all the way through high school!
One apparent weakness that most P.A. players have is an inability to deal with junkball pitchers. (Both the 10-11s and 11-12s had difficulty hitting curve balls and offspeed garbage.) That's because coaches in our town are looking out for the health of our kids rather than letting them blow their arms out throwing curveballs before they're finished growing. Maybe a pitching machine can be set up to show the kids what that garbage looks like in the future -- I would hate to see P.A. Little League destroy some arms just to win a few playoff games down the road.
Posted by Denis, a resident of another community, on Aug 1, 2006 at 2:39 pm
I was definitely pulling for the PA team. But, facing junk-ball pitchers is a reality every team must account for if they think they're good enough (and lucky enough)to make the sectionals or regionals.
If you have a team of All Stars you'll be managing for 3-4 years, then I think it's worth the investment to purchase one of the Juggs pitching machines that can deliver curve balls, so the kids can get accustomed to seeing the break. However, there's no substitute for facing live pitching. But, at least you give yourself a fighting chance.
Congratulations, PA All Stars. You did your community and Little League division proud.