Senior Erik Amundson struck out 10 batters while tossing a complete-game, one-hit shutout as host Menlo-Atherton edged Menlo School, 1-0, Thursday afternoon.
The victory improved the Bears' season baseball record to 9-2 and league-leading PAL Bay Division mark to 3-0.
M-A senior Erik Amundson beat rival Menlo School, 1-0, with a one-hitter on Thursday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
Those were the only two base runners of the game for the Knights (5-5, 1-2), who struggled to make contact against Amundson' overpowering fastball and slider.
Amundson struck out the side twice and went to a three-ball count on only three batters while improving his season record to 4-1. Amundson's ERA now stands at 1.31, and he has limited the opposition to a .138 batting average. For the season, he was struck out 36 batters while allowing just four walks -- a 9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Menlo-Atherton produced the only run it would need in the bottom of the second inning. DH Daniel Kollar-Gasiewski singled and advanced to second on an error by Menlo's left fielder. Junior Max Gardiner's one-out single to left then scored Kollar-Gasiewski with the only run of the contest.
Gardiner reached base in all three of his plate appearances -- twice after being hit by hard-luck Menlo starting pitcher Wyatt Driscoll.
The Bears produced five hits for the game, led by Amundson's 2-for-3 performance, which raised his season batting average to .371. In addition to the run-producing singles by Kollar-Gasiewski and Gardiner, pinch-hitter AJ Lemons added a single for the Bears.
At 3-0, M-A currently has a one-game lead over second-place Terra Nova (2-1) in the division. Burlingame is 1-1, with the remainder of the league's teams (Menlo, Half Moon Bay, Sacred Heart Prep, and Carlmont) all 1-2.
In a battle of unbeatens, Harker edged Sacred Heart by three shots, 191-194, to take over sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League race Thursday at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.
SHP senior Bradley Knox led all scorers with an even-par 35, but SHP trailed by three with one group in. SHP's Ryan Galvin came through with a strong 37 in the second group and SHP made up five shots to take a two-stroke lead with one group still on the course.
Harker's No. 5 player, freshman Avi Khemani, decided the match with a 1-over 36 to lead his team to the win. The two teams meet again on Tuesday at San Jose Country Club.
Behind a stout defense, Menlo School ran its league record to 3-0 with a 15-2 win over host Burlingame. Bruno Geoly had 13 saves while defensemen Matt Linton, Charlie Roth, Will King, Will Priestly, Parker Schultz, Leo Jaminez, and Gregor Yock have only allowed three goals over the last three halves of play for the Knights (5-1 overall).
Menlo attackmen Mason Brady (six goals, one assist), Colin Johnson (three goals, three assists) and Riley Zeisler (two goals, four assists) paced the offense while midfielders Jack Feguson (two goals) Adam Yecies (one goal, one assist), Jack Marren (one goal) and Kevin Walker (one assist) contributed offensively, as well. Yecies won 10 of 15 face-offs and led the team with nine ground balls.
Gunn took sole possession of first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division race following a 4-3 victory over host Palo Alto on Thursday in a game that saw the lead change three times.
The Titans (4-0, 8-2) took an early lead in the top of the first as Mariana Torres reached first base on a Viking error, then made it to third on a double by Natalie Oda. Katie Garvey knocked Torres in for the first run of the game.
The game stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth when the Vikings took the lead with two runs. The Vikings (1-2, 7-4) added a third run in the bottom of the fifth for a 3-1 lead.
Gunn fought right back in the top of the sixth. The Titans loaded the bases with two outs. Anna Tevanian started the scoring rally by stealing home on a passed ball. With runners on second and third, Torres hit one up the middle to clear the bases, scoring Emily Collins and Kanchan Potter for a 4-3 lead.
The Titans' defense held firm, allowing no more runs with Torres making a diving catch on a foul ball to left field for the final out of the game. Gunn pitcher Iris Chin struck out eight with Paly pitcher Julia Saul striking out seven.