Palo Alto Babe Ruth teams face elimination games


The Babe Ruth all-star season may be over for two Palo Alto teams before the postseason really gets going after both fell in opening-round games of their respective District 6 tournaments.

The Palo Alto 15s will play in a consolation-bracket game at McKelvey Park in Mountain View on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Palo Alto will face the loser of the Bel-Mateo/Mountain View game played on Monday night.

The Palo Alto 15s dropped a 4-3 decision to Bel-Mateo on Sunday after falling behind by 3-0 before rallying to tie at 3 in the sixth.

Palo Alto got the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, but two great defensive plays kept PA from scoring. Bel-Mateo won the game in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out double producing the winning run.

Not only does Palo Alto have to win on Tuesday, but it would have to win the championship game on Thursday (7 p.m.) to force a winner-take-all challenge game on Friday night, also at 7 p.m. That would qualify Palo Alto for the NorCal State Tournament.

The Palo Alto 15s roster includes Marcus Avelar, Matt DeTrempe, Paul DeTrempe, James Foug, Blake Freitas, Alec Furrier, Jacob Hoffman, Brian Kannappan, Christian Kurtela, Christopher Lee, Brett Moriarty, Chris Smith and Daniel Tachna-Fram. Ron Fried is the manager.

The Palo Alto 13s, meanwhile, will face host Bel-Mateo on Tuesday (7 p.m.) at the Belmont Sports Complex in a possible elimination game of the District 6 All-Star Tournament.

Palo Alto opened postseason play with a 7-3 loss to Bel-Mateo on Sunday. The two teams are playing a best-of-three series. The winner will advance to the NorCal State Tournament, hosted by Mountain View at McKelvey Park starting July 16.

The Palo Alto 14s are hosting District 6 at Baylands Athletic Center and will open on Thursday (7 p.m.) against the winner of Wednesday's Mountain View/Bel-Mateo game.

Thursday's winner will advance to Saturday's championship game at 4 p.m., while the loser will play Friday at 7 p.m. A championship challenge game, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Palo Alto 14s include Macklan Badger, Griffin Cool, Brad Degnan, Riley Haught, Anand Joshi, Isaac Kasevich, Corbin Koch, Raviv Levens, Leo McCabe, Ellis O'Brien, Noah Phillips, Andrew Robinson, Roy Shadmon, Sean Stem and Kenta Yanagisawa. Andrew Shenk is the team's manager.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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