Palo Alto's tough preseason baseball road continued on a cold Monday night with a 7-3 loss to nationally No. 2-ranked Mitty in the opening round of the Mike Hazlett Tournament at Washington Park in Santa Clara.
It was a sloppy game for Palo Alto (1-2), which ended the night with eight errors and just five hits. Vikings' starter Ben Sneider followed his impressive outing last week against St. Francis with another solid performance against the Monarchs, the defending Central Coast Section Division I champions. Sneider threw four innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits, while striking out five with five of Paly's errors behind him.
Mitty saved pitching aces Tyler Davis and Brett Fuller, throwing a left-hander who kept the Vikings scoreless before reliever Sean Downey took over. Paly managed to put some runs on the board, but it was too little, too late, as the Monarchs took the win.
Palo Alto will face Santa Cruz in the second round on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
The annual Tim Kuehnert Memorial Tournament continues on Tuesday with Menlo School (2-0) hosting Burlingame and Sacred Heart Prep (0-1) visiting San Mateo, both at 3:15 p.m.. On Thursday, Menlo will host Carmel and Sacred Heart Prep will visit El Camino. The championship game will be Saturday at Menlo School.
Senior Spencer Lamb and freshman Bradley Know each shot a 4-over-par 40 to lead Sacred Heart Prep to a 207-261 victory over King's Academy in a West Bay Athletic League season-opening match at Sharon Heights Country Club on Monday. Kevin Knox added a 41 and Spencer Clark a 42 to the winning side.
The Gunn boys opened their season with a solid 5-2 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Monday. The Titans grabbed a 3-1 lead in singles on victories by Jinyan Jiang, Adam Zorin and Roy Peleg. Gunn's No. 1 doubles team of Kevin Macario and Jack Kwan pulled off a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) triumph in the dark to help wrap up the match.
Gunn High freshman Cadence Lee became the first female wrestler in school history to place at a state championship when she finished seventh at the Girls' State Championships during the weekend at Lemoore High in the Central Valley.
After winning the Central Coast Section title at 103 pounds, Lee wrestled Friday and Saturday and reached the quarterfinals before losing a close match, 8-5. She wrestled her way back through the consolation rounds to finish seventh.