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Gunn baseball keeps streak alive with nonleague win over Menlo

 

It has been quite a turnaround for the Gunn baseball team this season. The Titans opened the year with three straight losses, topped by a 26-5 beating administered by rival Palo Alto. Since then, however, the Titans have been nearly perfect.

With Raviv Levens pitching five shutout innings and driving in two runs, visiting Gunn handed Menlo School a 6-2 nonleague loss on Monday. With Levens improving to 3-0 on the mound, the Titans moved to 9-4-1 following their fourth straight victory and ninth in the past 10 games.

Matthew Sandor contributed two hits, including a double, and scored twice while David Clarke provided two hits and drove in a run.

Gunn grabbed a 5-0 lead before Menlo (3-7) finally got on the board in the sixth. The Titans are now on spring break before returning on April 14.

Carson Gampell doubled and scored a run for Menlo in the sixth while Jared Lucian had a hit and a walk. James Adler picked up another RBI single and Austin D'Ambra also drove in a run. Jordan Pluchar pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

The Knights have a pair of PAL Bay Division games with Sequoia on Thursday and Saturday before heading off to the Bishop Gorman tournament in Las Vegas next week.

Palo Alto, meanwhile, will play a home-and-home series with Saratoga this week -- hosting the Falcons on Friday -- after moving back into a tie for first place with Wilcox in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

The Vikings (5-1, 9-3) dropped their series opener with the Chargers last Wednesday, but bounced back with a 4-1 victory on Friday.

Paly will be busy in the Bellarmine tournament next week while most teams are on spring break.

Sacred Heart Prep also is back among the leaders in the PAL Bay Division after sweeping Menlo School last week. The Gators are 5-1 in league (7-4 overall) heading into a three-game week. SHP hosts Terra Nova on Tuesday before visiting the Tigers on Thursday. SHP also will host El Camino on Saturday in a nonleague game at 11 a.m.

Boys golf

Palo Alto remained unbeaten in the SCVAL De Anza Division race with a 190-225 victory over host Los Altos at the par-35 Los Altos Country Club on Monday. The Vikings improved to 7-0 in league (9-1 overall).

Henry Hughes and freshman Ahmed Ali each shot even par to share medalist honors. Joonsung Ha and Henry Gordon shot 39, with Matt Lewis and John Knowles both carding a 41.

Softball

Sophomore Mackenzie Glassford tossed a three-hitter and struck out six with no walks to pace Palo Alto to a 7-1 victory over visiting Fremont in SCVAL El Camino Division action Monday.

Glassford, who improved to 10-1 with an ERA of just 1.07, also had two hits in four at-bats, including a triple, and drove in a pair of runs. She is batting .434.

Paly junior Maddie Martinson added three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs for the Vikings (10-5), who overcame 12 strikeouts to past their fourth straight victory. Martinson is batting a team-leading .479.

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