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PA National Stays Alive in 11-12 All-Star Play

Original post made by Theresa, Crescent Park, on Jul 14, 2007

In a cross-town battle, Palo Alto National defeated Palo Alto American 9-2 in the District 52 All Star Tournament this morning. This puts Palo Alto National in the elimination bracket championship game Sunday at 11AM against San Carlos, playing for the right to face Hillsborough in the tournament championship game to be played on Monday evening.

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Posted by John
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 14, 2007 at 2:34 pm


How does the pitching look for Palo Alto National?

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 15, 2007 at 8:50 am

John, one thing PAN has on its roster is good pitching. We counted yesterday and there are 6 pitchers eligible, including Nick Wells, Clay Carey, Alec Wong and David Oyer, who have all pitched very well in this tournament.

In tournament play, the pitching rules get interesting. If a pitcher throws 20 or fewer pitches, he is eligible to pitch the next day. If he throws more than 20 but fewer than 45, he has to take one day off, but can pitch the following day.

This kind of math is necessary when they're facing the possibility of playing 4 games against tough teams in 4 days. To win this tournament, PAN has to beat San Carlos today, then defeat Hillsborough twice on Monday and Tuesday.

San Carlos played Friday (beating Alpine 4-3) and Saturday (5-1 over SMN -- my earlier posts about the score being 5-0 were wrong but I can't edit them); it will be interesting to see what their pitching situation looks like.