Menlo School tuned up for its West Bay Athletic League baseball season opener this week by getting a stellar pitching performance in a 5-0 nonleague victory over host King City on Saturday.
Menlo junior Jake Batchelder, senior Jake Bruml and junior Freddy Avis combined to hold the Mustangs to one hit -- a ground-ball single -- leading off the seventh as the Knights (10-1) played flawless defense. Junior Spencer Toms drove in the first run with a two-out single in the second. Then, Bruml hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth.
Menlo will host Crystal Springs on Wednesday (4 p.m.) to open the WBAL season.
Palo Alto bounced back from its first SCVAL De Anza Division loss in 25 games by rallying for seven runs over the final two innings for an 8-5 nonleague baseball triumph over host Westmont on Saturday. The Vikings (11-4) trailed 4-1 entering the top of the sixth before scoring four runs. Paly then added three more in the seventh to make up for its six errors.
Lauren King and Madison Sabbag each scored four goals as Gunn defeated host R.L. Stevenson of Pebble Beach, 13-9, on Saturday. Skylr Arakawa-Pamphilon added two goals for the Titans (3-7) while Kela Metzger, Katie-rose Skelly and Nora Shevick all tallied one apiece.
Gunn rode the strong right arm of sophomore pitcher Claire Klausner to a 4-1 record at the Napa Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Klausner struck out 38 in the four wins -- 5-1 over Sacred Heart Cathedral, 6-0 over Pittsburg, 1-0 over Sacred Heart Cathedral in a second game and 8-0 over Vallejo.
Klausner (9-1) and reliever Casey Maltz allowed only a combined eight hits in the four victories. Gunn's only loss was to host Napa in the second round, 8-0, as the Titans (9-6) managed just two hits. Gunn had 26 hits in the four wins.
Maltz had two hits in the first win over SHC, Klausner struck out nine in three innings and had three hits (including a homer) against Pittsburg, Maltz drove home Nicole Grimwood with the winning run in the second win over SHC, and Grimwood had an RBI triple among her two hits against Vallejo.
In Santa Clara, Palo Alto split a pair of games at the Mission City Invitational on Saturday at Mission College.
The Vikings (4-8) opened with a 9-8 victory over Santa Clara as Grace Stafford got the win and helped herself with three hits and three RBI. Gracie Marshall added three hits and two RBI as the Vikings pounded out 13 hits.
In the second game, Palo Alto dropped a 13-8 decision to Homestead, which rapped 17 hits. Stafford had a triple among her two hits while Mariah Philips led an 11-hit attack with three hits and freshman Julia Saul provided two hits and three RBI. Marshall added two hits and two RBI.
Track and field
Gunn had three individual winners at the annual St. Francis Invitational on Saturday while Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto also had some solid efforts.
Kieran Gallagher ran to victory in the girls' mile, clocking a fine 5:11.44. Fellow junior Julia Maggioncalda won the girls' high jump at 5-2 while Rory Runser took the boys' 3,000 meters in 9:04.79.
Palo Alto's Grant Sauer was second in the boys' 110 high hurdles in 15.36 and Menlo-Atherton's Naomi Tovar took second in the girls' 100 in 12.96.
The Menlo-Atherton boys finished fifth in the team standings while the M-A girls took ninth, with Gunn 10th and Palo Alto 15th.