Buoyed by a blistering hitting attack matched only by the temperature in Richfield, Utah, the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars won their first-round game in the Pacific Southwest Regional game against the Utah state champs from Delta, 16-2.
The game was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Palo Alto produced 16 hits by 10 different players. Center fielder BJ Boyd led the power display with two home runs and six RBI while patrolling center field with his usual aplomb.
Third baseman Sam Falkenhagen was a perfect four for four at the plate, including a double and a triple and four RBI.
"They were giving me good fastballs to hit on the first pitch, so I jumped on them," Falkenhagen said.
Tucker Jorgensen and Kyle Zirbes had two hits apiece. Graham Marchant started and pitched three solid innings.
After a Utah double to start the game, Graham admitted he "...was a little worried," but settled down and allowed only one run in his stint. Robert Wickers pitched the fourth and Travis McHugh struck out the side to close the game out in the fifth.
The Palo Alto defense, meanwhile, was flawless. It was a true team effort as the coaches went to the bench early, and the substitutes played admirably, contributing five hits.
Palo Alto next will play Yuma (Arizona) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Yuma beat Reno (Nevada) in Friday's first round.