Bruml's no-hitter puts defending champ Menlo in the semifinals


With senior Jake Bruml pitching a no-hitter and striking out nine, Menlo School advanced to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs with a 10-0 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral in a quarterfinal that was shortened to five innings at Washington Park in Santa Clara on Saturday.

The No. 3-seeded Knights (24-5) next will play on Tuesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium (4 p.m.) against No. 2 Carmel (26-3), an 8-5 winner over Sacred Heart Prep in another quarterfinal. The winner will advance to the championship game next Saturday, also at San Jose Muni.

The other semifinal will match No. 8 Santa Cruz (14-14) against No. 5 Half Moon Bay on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz shocked top-seeded Palma on Saturday, 4-0, while Half Moon Bay eliminated No. 4 Soquel, 7-2.

In a rematch of last year's Division III semifinal that Menlo won, 4-3, with a dramatic two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, there was no need for such heroics as the Knights jumped all over the Irish. Menlo benefited from seven walks, a hit batter and two errors while the Knights helped themselves with nine hits, two each by Jake Batchelder and Phil Anderson. Dylan Mayer and Anderson each drove in three runs to make Bruml's afternoon a quick one.

In the late game at Washington Park, No. 12 Sacred Heart Prep (17-12) erased an early three-run deficit, but the Gators couldn't overcome a four-run hole in their Division III quarterfinal loss to Carmel.

Sacred Heart Prep was led by senior Tomas O'Donnell, who concluded his prep career with two hits -- including a double -- while helping rally the Gators after they fell behind at the outset.

With SHP trailing 3-0 in the top of the second, O'Donnell slammed a triple with two outs and scored on a wild pitch to get the Gators back in the game. He also started a two-run fourth with a one-out single. After Bo Sakowski followed with a double, both scored on an error to tie the game.

Carmel, however, broke the game open in the bottom of the inning with four runs.

In the CCS Division I quarterfinals, Palo Alto advanced to the semifinals following a 9-2 victory over No. 6 Homestead on Saturday at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

The Vikings (26-9) will play No. 2 Mitty (25-5-1) in the semifinals on Wednesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium at 7 p.m.

Mitty bounced Valley Christian, 3-2. The other semifinal, at 4 p.m., will match No. 5 San Benito (21-8) against No. 8 Salinas (19-9-1). San Benito eliminated No. 4 Wilcox, 1-0, while Salinas ousted No. 16 Carlmont, 2-1.

Homestead grabbed an early lead against Palo Alto, which responded with three runs in the second inning -- highlighted by a two-run triple by Cory Tenanes. Austin Braff then brought home Tenanes with a single to left. The Vikings added four runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.

John Dickerson singled up the middle to open the fourth. With one out, leadoff hitter BJ Boyd was safe on an error and Christoph Bono walked to load the bases. Braff walked to score one teammate then his brother, senior T.J., smacked an RBI single. Senior Will Glazier followed with a single to left field that scored Bono and Austin Braff.

Junior righthander Ben Sneider gave up three hits in the first inning but settled down to get the victory.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2011 at 6:35 am

Where are the details for PALY baseball? They are Division 1 !!! They advanced to the
semifinals of the CCS too!

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Posted by PalyDad
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 22, 2011 at 9:58 am

I am officially tired of Keith Peter's infatuation with all things Menlo. Paly accomplishes the exact same thing, in Div 1, yet Keith thinks the news is Menlo. Menlo, a Division 3 team that was thoroughly pounded by Paly 14-7 during the regular season. Let's guess - where was Keith - at the Menlo game, not the Paly game.

The Daily News and John Reid were at the Paly game, capturing photos, interviewing players, writing an article - being a journalist and representing the City of Palo Alto. Keith is too busy writing about Stanford, Menlo School, Sacred Heart and Castilleja. We should call this paper the 'South Bay Private School Gazette'

For gods sake, just ask the Paly Viking to write an article and reprint it. It would be lazy, but it would be better than how you handles things presently.

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Posted by Keith Peters
a resident of Midtown
on May 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Actually, I was at the CCS swim finals. We had no one at either the Paly or Menlo games. The Menlo coach submitted information, the Paly coach did not. We don't have the staff to be at every game.

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Posted by E
a resident of Southgate
on May 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

To PalyDad - I know you are frustrated by the perceived lack of coverage, but please don't stoop to crying about it in public. Let's leave that to the other schools. In the end, Paly does get plenty of coverage, because the programs are so outstanding. Keith Peters has never taken sides on these things, and has always been more than fair.

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Posted by Justa Fan
a resident of Woodside
on May 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

I attended the SHCP vs Menlo game. There was a hit from SH in the first inning, but they chose to rule it as an error for Menlo instead. When the ball is hit so hard it pops out the ss glove, it's a hit! With the way the game was being called, the Irish were never given a fair shot.

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Posted by Fan
a resident of Community Center
on May 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I was also at the game, and I don't see how an umpire can unfairly call a swing through strike, and SHC had an unbelievable amount of swing throughs. SHC was not given a fair chance by the absolute dominance of Menlo's starter.

To blame a 10-0 win on the umpires is naïve, and disrespectful to the effort of Menlo's players

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Posted by Fred Mertz
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

This writer was not at the game, as pointed out by a Paly Dad before the writer added details. How could this writer know what happened if he wasn't there?

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Posted by High School Coach
a resident of Community Center
on May 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

I've coached at both Paly and Gunn and always made a point of emailing results and highlights to all of the local papers (PA Weekly, PA Daily, SJ Mercury). One of my personal goals was to get each player's name in the paper every season. I wasn't always successful but I gave it a shot.

I would include JV results and highlights as well; sometimes they need to fill space, and having the information was key to getting coverage. I know there aren't enough reporters available to attend every contest, so I did what I could to help.

Most of the time, the contents of my emails were copied verbatim in the PA Daily, and slightly reworded for the PA Weekly. The Mercury would list results and stat leaders.

Coaches really have to put on a PR hat to get their teams covered (except for football and boys' basketball). That's just the way it is, even at the collegiate level.

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Posted by Justa Fan
a resident of Woodside
on May 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

About the Menlo/SH game, I never said in my comment that I blamed the umpires for the loss. The Menlo team played great, I simply was pointing out that the calls were not going both ways. I am taking nothing away from Menlo, they played great and I wish them luck in the game today. Please people, stop taking everything so personal.

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