The postseason road just got a little longer and bumpier for the Palo Alto Little League 10-11 All-Stars following their 4-0 loss to Danville in the Section 3 Tournament semifinals on Monday in Union City.
The loss knocked Palo Alto into the consolation finals on Tuesday against Union City National at Hall Ranch Field (4525 Dyer Street) at 5:30 p.m. Palo Alto routed Union City on Sunday, 19-0, thus a rematch with Danville for the championship on Wednesday appears likely.
Last season as 9-10-year olds, Danville won the Section 3 tourney and went on to capture the Northern California title. Palo Alto needs three straight victories to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Should Palo Alto beat Union City again (as expected), it will have to beat Danville in the finals and again Thursday in a challenge game.
Palo Alto will need to generate more offense than it did Monday, which saw the all-stars get just three hits. Danville had only four, but one was a two-run homer in the first by winning pitcher Darroch Koel, who will be available to throw again on Thursday after throwing only 63 pitches in 3 1/3 innings against Palo Alto.
Palo Alto threatened in the fourth when Ryan Chang and Alec Olmstead both walked. A groundout, however, ended the inning and threat. Palo Alto also got runners aboard in the first, third and sixth innings but couldn't get anyone home.
Palo Alto manager Ted Tracy utilized his pitchers well once again with Justin Hull, Tommy Smale and Riley Schoenben splitting the duties. Palo Alto should have enough pitching left to make another run at Danville.