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One season ends, another begins for Palo Alto Babe Ruth program

 

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program kicked off one season on Saturday and ended another during a day for ceremonies at Baylands Athletic Center.

The season got under way for the 14-15 year-olds while the 13-year olds capped their season, which started in March, with a championship game. The 13s finished up early so the best players could be drafted into the 14-15s.

In2Change defeated Tesla 13-3 in five innings) to clinch the 13s' "prep league" title. Ansel Blume pitched three innings for In2Change, allowing only one run. Kodiak Conrad pitched two scoreless innings (striking out four) to start the game for Tesla before the In2Change offense exploded for six runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth.

In2Change was paced by Justin Harmon's 4-for-4 game and Ethan Khoe's double, triple and 6 RBI. Jonathan Davis pitched two innings to clinch the victory for In2Change and Jefferey Herr made several sparkling defensive plays at short, including turning a leaping pivot on the double-play to end the game with the bases loaded.

For Tesla, Shane Stafford and Jared Lucien both went 2-for-3.

After a disjointed 3-5 start to the season (with three rainouts), In2Change rattled off six consecutive wins to finish the regular season and sweep through the playoffs.

Diving

Stanford recruit Kristian Ipsen has been named to the USA roster for the 2011 FINA World Championships, set for July 16-24 in Shanghai, China. Ipsen will compete on the 3-meter springboard and 3-meter synchro with Troy Dumais.

The World Championships will serve as the first opportunity for countries to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Rowing

Stanford Rowing Center Women's 2x boat won the bronze medal and the Men's 4x won a silver medal at the USRowing Southwest Junior Championship Regatta, earning both boats an invitation to compete at the USRowing Youth Nationals on June 10-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Danni Struck and Claire Duesdieker, both students at Sacred Heart Prep, had the race of the their lives to fend off last-minute surges to earn a bronze medal. The Men's 4x of Nicholas Talbott from Gunn, Jackson Herd, Clayton Mathieu and Scott Gharda of Menlo-Atherton narrowly missed the gold medal by .99 seconds while falling to defending champion Long Beach.

Duedieker will be rowing at UCSD in the fall while Talbott does the same at Brown.

Since 2005, the Stanford Rowing Center has qualified for the rowing nationals three times.

A total of 27 teams from across California and Arizona raced in 31 different events at the Regatta, which was held earlier this month on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova.

Running

Former Stanford All-American Sara Hall won the women's division at the USA 1 Mile Road Championship last week in Minneapolis, Minn. She clocked a course record of 4:30.8.

Hall took command of the race in the final 400 yards, opening a lead of just over five seconds by the time she hit the tape. Hall earned $4,000 for winning as well as a $10,000 bonus for running under 4:32.

Tennis

Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional women's tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University.

The Bank of the West Classic, now in its 41st year, is one of the oldest women-only professional tennis tournaments in the world and is the first stop of the 2011 Olympus US Open Series. A WTA Premier event, the Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $700,000.

Already scheduled to appear at this year's event are three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova, 13-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams and world No. 7 Samantha Stosur.

Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com and click on "Volunteers" to apply online.

Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.

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