When the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-star team captured the District 6 Tournament championship a week ago, an interesting note was left on the game story that appeared online.
The note was from Cobra, a resident outside the Palo Alto community, and it said: "Palo Alto, be ready to get romped on by Sonoma. They are so raw. I wouldn't plan on staying in Vallejo too long."
The note writer probably didn't know that much about Sonoma's Babe Ruth team and obviously knew nothing about Palo Alto, which proved 'Cobra' oh so wrong on Saturday.
Palo Alto's all-stars advanced to the second round of the NorCal State Tournament with a solid 6-3 victory over Sonoma at Wilson Field in Vallejo. Palo Alto next will play on Sunday against Hayward at 7 p.m.
Palo Alto and Sonoma were tied at 3 heading into the top of the seventh. Luke Thomas led off for Palo Alto with a pinch-hit double. Jack Larson walked and, after Eric Tam popped out, Chris Rea was safe on an error that scored Thomas with the eventual winning run. Larson, though, was thrown out trying to reach third.
Eric Bet then walked and Palo Alto added two more runs when Justin Grey and Christian Kadash reached base on errors by the Sonoma third baseman.
Holding a 6-3 lead, Palo Alto manager Bob Budelli brought in Clay Carey to relieve Nick Wells, who had come on in the bottom of the fourth to replace starter Andrew Lim. Wells blanked Sonoma during his three-inning stint, much like he did when Palo Alto won the District 6 championship.
Should Palo Alto win its second-round game, it will advance to a semifinal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. That winner will move on to the finals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., with a challenge game (if necessary) scheduled for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.