Gunn, SHP advance in CCS baseball but Paly, M-A fall


The Gunn and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams have survived to play another day in the Central Coast Section playoffs. Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton, however, have not.

Gunn, seeded 13th out of 16 teams in Division I after finishing second in the SCVAL El Camino Division this season, advanced with a 3-1 upending of No. 4 Menlo-Atherton on Wednesday in Atherton.

Just a few miles away, No. 4-seeded Sacred Heart Prep had to go 11 innings before finally securing a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Palma in Division II first-round action.

And, Palo Alto saw its season end following a 4-0 first-round loss to host Carlmont in the Open Division.

Gunn (16-10-1) moves on to Saturday's quarterfinals and will face No. 12 Milpitas (18-11) at Fremont High in Sunnyvale at 2 p.m. Milpitas advanced with an 8-6 win over No. 5 Willow Glen (15-13).

Sacred Heart Prep (18-12) won't be traveling as it will hosting No. 12 Burlingame (19-12), which advanced with a 3-1 win over No. 5 St. Ignatius. The Gators and Panthers, who split their PAL Bay Division regular-season games, meet at 2 p.m.

Gunn's victory probably shouldn't have been a surprise as seven of the eight Division II openers were won by higher-seeded teams. The biggest shocker was No. 16 Piedmont Hills upsetting No. 1 North Salinas, 2-1. And there was No. 15 Independence toppling No. 2 Cupertino, also by 2-1. And No. 14 Monta Vista upending No. 3 Christopher, 6-2.

Thus, the division title is really up for grabs with three rounds remaining.

Gunn got a complete-game five-hitter from sophomore right-hander David Clarke, who struck out four and retired nine straight during the middle innings. Moreover, he didn't walk a single batter while keeping the Bears off balance with his off-speed pitches.

Gunn shortstop Ravi Levens provided the offensive support for Clarke as he produced a two-run single in the third and a run-scoring double in the sixth to drive in Clarke with an insurance run.

Gunn had dropped a 21-6 nonleague game to the host Bears on May 4, but the Titans didn't used any of their top pitchers and played much of their roster. That was evident Wednesday as Clarke was masterful and Gunn won its first CCS playoff game since 2012.

Levens will be on the mound Saturday against Milpitas, which was 6-8 in the SCVAL De Anza Division this season.

At SHP, the Gators earned another game when Michael York singled home Mitch Martella in the bottom of the 11th inning for the game-winner -- marking the second time in four years the Gators eliminated Palma.

SHP senior Will Johnston had a perfect game through five innings until walking a batter to open the top of the sixth. Johnston's no-hitter disappeared in the eighth when the second batter singled. Johnston wound up pitching 10 innings, tossing just 104 pitches, but not getting the decision as reliever John Bird picked up the victory.

SHP had opportunities earlier to score, but stranded 10 runners. Meanwhile, SHP junior Andrew Daschbach made two sparkling defensive plays at third base to help keep the Chieftains off the board.

In Belmont, Palo Alto lost to the No. 4-seeded Scots (23-7) for the second time this season. A three-run third inning that saw three errors by the Vikings was the difference in the game.

Two errors and an infield bunt loaded the bases for Carlmont with no outs. Paly got one out when a grounder to pitcher Justin Hull induced a force out at home. A throwing error, however, allowed one runner to score and a groundout by the next batter scored the runner from third and a single by Vinny Bologna gave the Scots a 3-0 lead.

Paly appeared to have a rally under way in the fifth when Max Jung-Goldberg walked. When Paly's Ethan Stern grounded to second and the ball was misplayed, Jung-Goldberg reached third safely. A strikeout, however, wound up ending the inning with runners at first and third.


Pinewood and Castilleja saw their seasons end in shutout losses to open the CCS Division III playoffs.

Pinewood (10-13), seeded No. 12, dropped an 11-0 decision to No. 5 Mills (19-4) in five innings while No. 13 Castilleja (7-18) lost to No. 4 and host Notre Dame-Belmont, 15-0, in four innings.

Pinewood managed just one hit, a first-inning double by sophomore pitcher Aisley Njissang. She also took the loss as she allowed nine hits. She struck out six, but five of the 11 runs were unearned.

Castilleja committed seven errors in its loss.



Wednesday's first round

Soquel 1, Valley Christian 0

San Benito 13, Bellarmine 3

Wilcox 5, Serra 2

St. Francis 5, Leigh 0

St. Francis-CCC 3, Mitty 1

Carlmont 4, Palo Alto 0

Branham 2, Saratoga 0

Los Gatos 10, Santa Cruz 0


Saturday, May 23

No. 11 Soquel (23-5) vs. No. 3 San Benito (21-7) at Hartnell College, 11 a.m.

No. 7 Wilcox (22-11) vs. No. 2 St. Francis (26-6) at Washington Park, 4 p.m.

No. 5 St. Francis-CCC (23-5) vs. No. 4 Carlmont (23-7) at Hartnell College, 2 p.m.

No. 8 Branham (22-8) vs. No. 1 Los Gatos (28-5) at Washington Park, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, May 27

At San Jose Municipal Stadium, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Saturday, May 30

At San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA



Wednesday's first round

Sequoia 2, Lincoln 1

Monta Vista 6, Christopher School 2

Pioneer 6, Salinas 2

Independence 2, Cupertino 1

Milpitas 8, Willow Glen 6

Gunn 3, Menlo-Atherton 1

Leland 11, Watsonville 6

Piedmont Hill 2, North Salinas 1


Saturday, May 23

No. 11 Sequoia (18-11) vs. No. 14 Monta Vista (17-11) at Fremont High, 11 a.m.

No. 7 Pioneer (16-11) vs. No. 15 Independence (21-7) at Washington Park, 10 a.m.

No. 12 Milpitas (18-11) vs. No. 13 Gunn (16-10-1) at Fremont High, 2 p.m.

No. 9 Leland (14-14) vs. No. 16 Piedmont Hills (18-7) at Washington Park, 1 p.m.


Thursday, May 28

San Jose Municipal Stadium, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Saturday, May 30

At San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA



Wednesday's first round

Live Oak 2, San Lorenzo Valley 1

Aragon 6, Soledad 4

Carmel 13, Scotts Valley 3

Mills 5, Terra Nova 4

Burlingame 3, St. Ignatius 1

Sacred Heart Prep 1, Palma 0 (11 innings)

Monterey 3, Pacific Grove 2 (10 innings)

Hillsdale 11, Summit Prep 0


Saturday, May 23

No. 11 Live Oak (16-14) vs. No. 14 Aragon (18-12) at Sacred Heart Prep, 11 a.m.

No. 7 Carmel (21-7) vs. No. 15 Mills (17-12) at Monterey Peninsula College, 11 a.m.

No. 12 Burlingame (19-12) at No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep (18-12), 2 p.m.

No. 8 Monterey (16-12) vs. No. 1 Hillsdale (27-2) at Monterey Peninsula College, 2 p.m.


Tuesday, May 26

At San Jose Municipal Stadium, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Saturday, May 30

At San Jose Municipal Stadium, TBA

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