Ryan Gorman provided the arm while Matt Mertz, Jack Hannan and Graham Fisher provided the bat to propel the Gunn baseball team to a 10-0 victory over visiting Fremont to open the SCVAL El Camino Division season on Monday.
Gorman needed only 59 pitches and allowed just three hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking none.
Hannan had a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored a pair while Fisher had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Mertz had a triple and single while Gorman aided his cause with two RBI. Connor Radlo also had two of Gunn's 12 hits.
The Titans also swiped six bases and scored once on a suicide squeeze bunt. The teams will conclude their home-and-home series Wednesday when Gunn travels to Sunnyvale to face the Firebirds (3:30 p.m.) on their new field.
In nonleague action:
Chase Warren had three hits and Myles Brewer pitched four strong innings to get the victory as Menlo-Atherton handed host Mountain View a 9-4 loss on Monday. The Bears (5-1) scored all nine runs between the third and sixth innings while overcoming three errors.
Palo Alto opened defense of its SCVAL title with a comfortable 12-9 win over visiting Los Gatos on Monday evening. The Wildcats scored five unanswered goals late in the fourth quarter, largely against Palo Alto reserves, but the game itself was never in doubt. The Vikings (1-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 7-1 lead midway through the second quarter, held a 9-3 lead at the half, and made it 12-4 at the end of the third.
Palo Alto was again led by senior midfielder John Brunett, who ended up with three goals and an assist while winning an impressive 88 percent of his faceoffs (15 of 17). Attackman Cory Valenti (two goals and an assist), and junior midfielder Matt Lam (three goals, one assist) also aided the offensive output by the Vikings.
Although the outcome seemed determined by the half, aggressive play from both sides continued to the final whistle. Paly ended up with seven man-up opportunities, while Los Gatos received nine, profiting with five man-up goals on the night. Palo Alto next will play at Saratoga on Friday.
In Atherton, Duncan Hoskinson scored five goals to spark Sacred Heart Prep to a 13-9 nonleague victory over visiting St. Francis on Monday. The Gators (4-2) grabbed an 8-5 halftime lead. Frankie Hattler added three goals and four assists while Andrew Eifert and Sean Mayle contributed two goals each. SHP goalie Mark Oppenheimer had eight saves as the Gators remained unbeaten at home in four matches.