Grimes moves into contention at Trader Joe's golf tournament

Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15s play for NorCal State Tournament championship

Palo Alto's Patrick Grimes shot a second-round 4-under 66 to move into contention at the Trader Joe's Junior Championship, presented by Pat Hurst, at Castlewood Country Club's Hill Course in Pleasanton on Wednesday.

Grimes, who will be senior at Menlo School this fall, has a two-day total of 140 with one round remaining.

Grimes, however, is eight shots off the lead following a record-breaking 9-under 61 by Chenxiao Duan of Beijing, China. The spectacular round tied the lowest 18-hole single-round score in the history of the American Junior Golf Association.

Grimes won this tournament in 2008.

In other golf news:

Jonathan Garrick of Atherton advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships at the Classic Course at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich., on Wednesday. Garrick opened match play with a 3-and-2 victory over Michael Benard of Huber Heights, Ohio.

Garrick qualified for match play on the 7,111-yard par 72 course with a 36-hold score of 147. Second- and third-round play will be Thursday while the quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Friday. The 36-hole championship match is Saturday.


The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-star team will play for the NorCal State Tournament title on Thursday, taking on Woodland at Wilson Field in Vallejo at 5:30 p.m.

Palo Alto is unbeaten in three games and would have to lose twice to be knocked out. A second game, if necessary, will follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

The NorCal winner will advance to the Pacific Southwest Regional in Ukiah starting August 4. The World Series will be played in Monticello, Ark., from Aug. 20-27.

Woodland earned a rematch with Palo Alto after eliminating Hayward, 11-4, on Wednesday night. Palo Alto had knocked Woodland into the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tourney with a 16-13 victory on Tuesday night.

Palo Alto actually trailed Woodland, 8-0, heading into the bottom of the third. That's when Palo Alto exploded for six runs. Woodland got a run back in the fourth but Palo Alto tallied five times in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-9 lead.

Woodland tied things at 11 in the fifth before Palo Alto scored three runs for a 14-11 lead. Palo Alto added two more runs in the sixth for a 16-11 bulge. Curly Kadash led Palo Alto with three hits and four RBI while Clay Carey added two hits with four RBI. Nick Wells contributed a two-run double in addition to providing some key relief pitching after Woodland had gone ahead.

Palo Alto manager Bob Budelli is probably happy to be facing Woodland again. When Palo Alto defeated Hayward on Sunday, 5-0, Palo Alto players were taunted by Hayward fans and players. Some of the parents, who had been drinking in the parking lot before the game, crowded the parking lot after their loss to Palo Alto and tried to prevent some Palo Alto players and families from leaving.

There is no police presence at the field due to financial cutbacks in the City of Vallejo. Security, however, has been beefed up since Sunday, when a Vallejo coach knocked out an umpire after a close call at first base went against Vallejo. Only two security men were on hand that day.

When Palo Alto took the field to face Woodland on Tuesday, after Hayward had beaten Sonoma in an earlier game, four security men escorted the Palo Alto players onto the field and remained with them during the game.

"What a fiasco up there," Budelli said. "We were lucky to have the supervision we did."


Gunn graduate Maceo Parks had two interceptions to help spark the South to a 27-24 victory over the North in the 36th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game on Wednesday at San Jose State University's Spartan Stadium.

Also playing for the South was Paly's Troy Boyland and Gunn's Jon Chaplin.

The game was the final high school game for graduated seniors, honoring the longtime Los Gatos High football coach who passed away on June 3 following his decades-long battle with ALS.

-- Keith Peters

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