All three Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball teams are one loss away from having their seasons end in their respective District 6 all-star tournaments following losses on the weekend.
In the 15s at the Belmont Sports Complex, Palo Alto opened with a 1-0 win over Mountain View on Saturday but dropped a 2-1 decision to Bel-Mateo on Sunday.
Ellis O'Brien threw a complete-game shutout as Palo Alto kicked off the tournament. O'Brien gave up only two hits (both in the top of the first inning) and struck out six for the win in a game were both teams were held scoreless through the first five innings.
Palo Alto scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth when JR Hardy scored on a double to left center off the bat of Joe Armstrong. Hardy had doubled just before Armstrong. O'Brien set down the last four batters in a row to finish the game.
On Sunday, Palo Alto suffered its one-run loss at the hands of host Bel-Mateo. The error-free game featured standout pitching performances by both teams. Philip Lewis went the distance for Palo Alto giving up only three hits.
Palo Alto scored the game's first run in the third inning as Lewis scored on a wild pitch, after leading off the inning with a single and advancing to third on a walk and a ground out.
Palo Alto left seven runners on base and had numerous chances to take the lead, but failed to get the big hit. Bel-Mateo, which had a first- round bye, scored in the fourth on a solo home run, and went ahead for good on a two-out single in the top of the sixth inning. Lewis and Will Snodgrass both had two hits for Palo Alto in the loss.
Palo Alto will play Mountain View in an elimination game on Monday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the finals against Bel-Mateo on Tuesday at 7 p.m. A challenge game, if necessary, will be Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Palo Alto 15s are Joseph Armstrong, Jason Ballard, Nicholas Beeson, Fabian Chavez, Griffin Cool, Spencer Gran, John-Robert Hardy, Justin Harmon, Philip Lewis, Ellis O'Brien, Chris Ortiz, Winslow Perry, Greg Ramies, Walker Ritchie and William Snodgrass.
In the 14s at McKelvey Park in Mountain View, Palo Alto opened Saturday again Bel-Mateo and dropped a 7-0 contest. Palo Alto will face Mountain View on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the finals to play Bel-Mateo on Wednesday at 1 p.m. A challenge game, if necessary, will be Thursday at 7 p.m., also at McKelvey.
The Palo Alto 14-year-olds are John Bird, Kodiak Conrad, Evan Easton, John Guiragossian, Lawrence Han, Albert Han, Brian Knapp, Daniel Kollar-Gasiewski, AJ Lemons, Jared Lucian, Rylan Pade, Jackson Salabert, Alexii Sigona, Shane Stafford, and Ryan Voltattorni.
In the 13s at Baylands Athletic Center, Palo Alto opened Sunday against Bel-Mateo and dropped a 7-1 decision after Bel-Mateo had beaten Mountain View, 13-6, on Saturday.
The loss dropped Palo Alto into a consolation-bracket game against Mountain View on Monday at Baylands at 6:30 p.m. The winner will face Bel-Mateo on Thursday in the finals at 5:30 p.m., and needs to win twice to move on to the next tournament.
The Palo Alto 13s include Josh Brigel, Ryan Chang, Zeke Coxe, Blake Henry, Jason Huang, Jamie Krueger, Xavi Loinaz, Jack Molumphy, Alec Olmstead, Charlie Racz, Riley Schoeben, David Schwardt, Ben Simon, Peter Snodgrass, and Dylan Yapp. Alternates are Evan Reed, Kevin Shimbo, and Brian Tracy.