Paly wins SCVAL De Anza Division baseball playoff title


Getting a second chance has made all the difference in the world for the Palo Alto baseball team, which is the 2015 SCVAL De Anza Division playoff champion after beating two teams in the postseason that the Vikings had gone 0-4 against in the regular season.

Paly wrapped up its championship playoff run with a 3-1 win over visiting Saratoga on Thursday as the Vikings swept the best-of-3 series with the Falcons.

A heavy rain delayed the game 20-30 minutes, with the contest able to resume thanks to Paly's artificial turf infield.

The Vikings (19-12) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and held on behind the combined four-hit pitching of senior Isaac Kasevich and sophomore Aron Ecoff. Kasevich went 5 1/3 innings to get the win, his eighth in nine decisions. He allowed three hits.

Phil Lewis, Justin Hull and Max Jung-Goldberg all had RBI. Riley Schoeben tripled and scored for Paly, which reached the playoff finale by taking two of three games from regular-season co-champ Los Gatos last week.

Palo Alto now awaits the CCS seeding meeting this weekend to discover where and when it will play in the section playoffs next week.

In the Peninsula Athletic League playoffs, Sacred Heart Prep saw its run come to an end following a tough 2-1 loss to host Carlmont, the PAL Bay Division regular-season champ, on a rainy Thursday in Belmont.

The Gators (17-12) managed just one hit, but did have five baserunners in the first three innings via walks. Unfortunately for SHP, none of them scored.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, the Gators threatened to score but Carlmont's Spencer Stewart struck out the final five batters in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the win.

Andrew Daschbach had SHP's only hit and John Van Sweden tallied the lone run. Will and Connor Johnston combined for a six-hitter with no earned runs for the Gators, who now await the seeding meeting for the upcoming CCS playoffs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Isaac carries the squad. Atta boiii

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