SHP players help RC Blues finish third


The Redwood City Post 105 Blues American Legion Team (19U) captured third place in the 11-team Washington Manor Invitational Tournament in San Leandro over the weekend. The Blues went 4-2 with five of the games being played between Friday night and Sunday evening. Both losses were to Bercovich.

Redwood City (6-3) opened on Friday and beat the Head First Gamers, 12-4. After falling behind 3-0, the Blues took off and scored 12 runs in the second, third and fourth innings before the game was called by mercy rule.

Kevin Wilkins (Sacred Heart Prep) homered and went 2-for-3 and Matt Eastman went 2-for-3 with a double and three-runs scored.

On Saturday, the Blues stayed alive by defeating All-Pro of Oakland, 5-3, behind the pitching of Eastman and the offense of Daniel Engels. Eastman threw five innings and didn't allow an earned run. Engels went 2-for-3 with two runs and three stolen bases.

The Blues won two games Sunday before falling in the semifinals.

Redwood City beat the Oakland Rock Hounds, 11-1 behind a complete game from pitcher Hogan Bradford (Sacred Heart Prep). Bradford struck out six, walked none in an 84-pitch, seven- inning effort. Wilkins again provided much of the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and triple. Michael York and Engels also had three hits.

The Blues reached the semifinals by scoring four runs in the six to erase a 4-1 deficit and defeat Alameda 5-4. Matt Martella's (Sacred Heart Prep) single to deep left-center and later score started a rally that was capped by both Jack Larson (Sacred Heart Prep) and Engels scoring on a passed ball.

John Buchman struck out eight in five innings to earn the win. Austin Marcus (Menlo School) struck out three in the sixth to earn the save.

Redwood City opens league play on Tuesday against San Mateo Post 82 at Hillsdale and Thursday against Burlingame at Burlingame. The Blues return home to Sacred Heart Prep for a Saturday doubleheader against the San Carlos Tribe.

In Little League, Peak Chiropractic defeated Homefield Advantage, 10-4, to win the Alpine/West Menlo tournament playoff title for the third straight season on Sunday in Portola Valley. Harrison Armsby had six RBI to pace Peak.

Track and field

Gunn High seniors-to-be Kieran Gallagher, Rory Runser and Sam Dawson all competed at the annual Golden West Invitational on Saturday at Folsom High near Sacramento. Gallagher was ninth in the girls' 800 in 2:23.13, finishing well behind the winner -- Danielle Aragon of Billings, Mont., who ran 2:11.61.

Runser competed in the boys' 3,200 and took 11th in 9:50.87. The winner was Joshua Espinoza of Glendale in 9:28.50. Dawson finished 10th in the boys' 800 in a personal best of 2:00.10.


Palo Alto senior-to-be Melanie Wade was named an alternate to the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team roster for the upcoming 2011 FIVB Girls' Youth (U-18) World Championships that will take place Aug. 12-21 in Turkey.

In addition to the 12-player roster, there are seven alternates -- of which Wade is one. She is the only player from Northern California among the 19 chosen for the team or as an alternate. Wade represents City Beach.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Tim Goode contributed on Legion baseball

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