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M-A advances, but Palo Alto American falls in 11-12 Little League tournament

 

By James Huber

Palo Alto Online Sports

One local team will be moving on but another won't following consolation-bracket action in the District 52 Majors 11-12 Little League All-Star Tournament on Wednesday at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark.

The team moving on is Menlo-Atherton, which remained alive with a 3-1 victory over San Mateo American. M-A next will play neighbor Alpine-West Menlo on Friday at 5 p.m.

The team not moving on is Palo Alto American, which had a good run (3-2) but finally met its match while dropping a 14-0 mercy-rule decision in four innings to Foster City.

PA American trotted out three different pitchers to no avail, as Foster City's hitters continually pounded out singles and doubles. Foster City scored eight runs in the first inning and six more in the third, advancing to play Palo Alto National on Friday in an elimination game at 7:30 p.m.

"All credit to them," said PA American manager Joe Adams. "Their hitting was just incredible and they played fantastic defense, too."

Foster City's R.J. Teijeiro, Nicky Nuñez and James Halpin combined to shut out PA American and only allowed two hits, with no Palo Alto runner getting farther than second base.

Foster City had four consecutive hits in the eight-run first inning, with Joe Veglak collecting two of his game-high three RBI on a double that scored Halpin and Sam Jacobson. Kyle Roux, Foster City's No. 9 hitter, brought home two more runs with a line-drive single up the middle and in his second at-bat of the inning, Austin Mah had a two-run double down the left- field line.

After escaping unscathed in the second inning, PA American wasn't so fortunate in the next frame. Foster City's first three hitters all walked to lead off the third inning and scored on hits by Teijeiro, Halpin and Jacobson.

"They just kept hitting and hitting," PA American catcher Jake Rittman said. "Some of them (the Foster City players) already had facial hair, which was a little scary."

Despite the decisive loss, PA American players were in high spirits after the game.

"Last year we went 'one-two barbecue' and this year we came back and did really well and got three wins," left fielder Matt Knowles said. "There was also a good atmosphere this year because we got to play Palo Alto National."

Adams had nothing but praise for his squad that defeated Ravenswood, Redwood City American and Belmont in the tournament after losing both of its all-star games last year by mercy rule.

"I couldn't be prouder of the boys," Adams said. "We knocked two teams out of the tournament and surprised a lot of people with our play, including myself."

Menlo-Atherton played in Wednesday's early game and received solid pitching from Clay Prosser while advancing in the double-elimination tournament.

Menlo Atherton scored one run in the bottom of the first on back-to-back singles by Cole Hagerman and Blake Henry. San Mateo American tied the game in the top of the second on an RBI hit by Gabe Campos.

The wheels came off the bus for San Mateo American in the bottom of the second when four walks, an error and a pass ball resulted in two runs for Menlo. The 3-1 score held up through six innings.

In the 10-11 All-Star tourney in Belmont, all the local teams have been eliminated. Palo Alto American was the last remaining one until dropping a 9-8 decision to Foster City on Tuesday night despite a three-run homer by Bradley Smith.

Babe Ruth

The Palo Alto 14-year-old all-stars open play in the District 6 tourney on Thursday (7 p.m.) against Mountain View at Baylands Athletic Center. Mountain View advanced with a 9-6 opening-round win over Bel-Mateo on Wednesday.

Thursday's winner will advance to Saturday's championship game at 4 p.m. A challenge game, if necessary, will follow at 7 p.m.

In the 15s District 6 all-star tournament at McKelvey Park in Mountain View, Palo Alto will take on Mountain View in the championship game at 7 p.m. Once-beaten Palo Alto needs to win, in order to force a challenge game on Friday, also at 7 p.m.

2011 DISTRICT 52 MAJORS 11-12 LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT

At Middlefield Ballpark, June 24-July 13

FRIDAY, June 24

Game 1 -- Palo Alto American 14, Ravenswood 1

Game 2 -- Half Moon Bay 7, Menlo-Atherton 3

SATURDAY, June 25

Game 3 -- Alpine-West Menlo 13, San Mateo National 8

Game 4 -- San Carlos American 7, San Mateo American 2

Game 5 -- Belmont-Redwood Shores 11, Highlanders 8

SUNDAY, June 26

Game 6 -- San Carlos National 15, Redwood City American 2

Game 7 -- Hillsborough 3, Foster City 1

Game 8 -- Redwood City National 6, Pacifica American 5

Game 9 -- Palo Alto National 7, Palo Alto American 1

MONDAY, June 27

Game 10 -- San Mateo National 17, Ravenswood 0 (Ravenswood eliminated)

TUESDAY, June 28

All games rained out

WEDNESDAY, June 29

Game 11 -- San Mateo American 14, Highlanders 1

Game 12 -- Palo Alto American 9, Redwood City American 4

THURSDAY, June 30

Game 13 -- Foster City 12, Pacifica American 2

Game 14 -- Menlo-Atherton 5, San Mateo National 2

FRIDAY, July 1

Game 15 -- Alpine-West Menlo 7, Half Moon Bay 3

Game 16 -- San Carlos American 5, Belmont-Redwood Shores 4

SATURDAY, July 2

Game 17 -- Palo Alto National 19, San Carlos National 1

Game 18 -- Hillsborough 1, Redwood City National 0

Game 19 -- Foster City 12, Half Moon Bay 2

Game 20 -- Palo Alto American 11, Belmont/Redwood Shores 7

SUNDAY, July 3

Game 21 -- San Mateo American 8, San Carlos National 1

Game 22 -- Menlo-Atherton 6, Redwood City National 3

TUESDAY, July 5

Game 23 -- San Carlos American 2, Alpine-West Menlo 1

Game 24 -- Hillsborough 5, Palo Alto National 1

WEDNESDAY, July 6

Game 25 -- Menlo-Atherton 3, San Mateo American 1

Game 26 -- Foster City 14, Palo Alto American 0 (4 innings)

THURSDAY, July 7

Game 27 -- Hillsborough vs. San Carlos American, 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 8

Game 28 -- Menlo-Atherton vs. Alpine-West Menlo, 5 p.m.

Game 29 -- Foster City vs. Palo Alto National, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 9

Game 30 -- Game 28 winner vs. Game 29 winner, 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 10

Game 31 -- Game 30 winner vs. Game 27 loser, 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, July 11

Game 32 -- Game 27 winner vs. Game 31 winner, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 13

Game 33 -- Challenge game, if necessary, 7 p.m.

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