Pitching was the name of the game for the Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams during the annual Tim Kuehnert Memorial Tournament on Tuesday.
In a matchup of last year's Central Coast Section Division II and III champions, host Menlo School prevailed over Burlingame in a pitchers' duel, 3-0, in the third round of the tournament.
Menlo junior lefthander Jake Batchelder went 6 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out nine. Menlo played flawless defense and got key RBI singles from Jake Bruml and Dylan Mayer in fifth, when the Knights plated their three runs.
The Knights return to action on Thursday when they host Carmel in the last game of pool play in the 10th annual tourney, with a victory sending Menlo into Saturday's championship game.
In San Mateo, sophomore Will Nahmens pitched four innings of no-hit ball while striking out six to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 4-0 victory over San Mateo in second-round pool play. Junior Luke Thomas finished up for the Gators with two innings of one-hit ball. He struck out five and walked none.
With senior Colton Toy shooting a 1-over 37, Menlo-Atherton opened its season with a 203-283 victory over San Mateo at Sharon Heights Country Club on Tuesday. Juniors Travis Anderson and Max Culhane each shot 40 to help the Bears in their opening victory.
Defending NorCal and Central Coast Section champion Menlo School opened its season with a 7-0 victory over visiting King's Academy in West Bay Athletic League action Tuesday. The Knights, who went 27-0 last season, have added freshmen JT Nishimura and David Ball to their lineup this season. Nishimura won at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while Ball made his debut at No. 1 doubles with Kyle Sum, also winning 6-0, 6-0.
In another WBAL match, host Sacred Heart Prep (1-0, 1-2) swept Crystal Springs, 7-0, with Mario Paganini, Daver Refioglu, Nick Pizzuti and Will Savage taking the singles in straight sets.
In SCVAL De Anza Division opener, host Gunn fell to defending champ Saratoga and host Palo Alto lost to Los Altos, both by 4-3 scores.
Despite the setback, Gunn's result was impressive after the Falcons breezed to the division title last season and reached the CCS and NorCal finals. Adam Zorin and Roy Peleg helped Gunn split the singles, but only the No. 3 doubles tandem of Arjun Narayen and Nabil Hamade was able to post a victory (4-6, 6-4, 10-3).
In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton opened its league season with a 7-0 sweep of Mills despite having just three seniors in the lineup. Scott Morris, Richie Sarwal, Nick Fratt and Matt Giordano took the singles while losing only a combined 10 games.
Sacred Heart Prep split its nonleague duals with visiting Mitty on Tuesday, with the SHP boys pulling out an 89-81 victory while the Mitty girls took their meet, 115-55.
The Sacred Heart boys won without junior standout Tom Kremer, who was away at a club meet. Andrew Savage won the 100 free in a CCS-qualifying 49.77, took second in the 50 free in 22.79 and led off the winning 200 free relay that clocked 1:36.66. The Gators' depth made the difference in the meet, with a one-two finish in the 100 free (Savage and Philip Bamberg) helping give SHP a 12-4 advantage that the Gators carried through the rest of the meet.