Menlo School's Chandler Yu pitched a gem, RJ Babiera drove in the winning run, and the Knights got contributions up and down the lineup in a 2-1 nonleague baseball victory over visiting Terra Nova in 10 innings on Wednesday.
In the 10th inning, Menlo's Jared Lucian led off with a walk. Ben Somorjai drove the ball into the right-center gap, but the center fielder tracked it down for an out. Lucian then stole second base and then third. Babiera then hit a hard ground ball to short, and Lucian, getting a great read off the bat, scored the winning run.
"Today's game was a great team win," said Menlo coach Ryan Cavan, whose team improved to 5-1. "Everyone did their job for 10 innings. The team grinded for 30 outs and was able to play a great baseball game. It was a great example of our team philosophy of the season being not a sprint, but a marathon."
Yu struck out seven and walked one in 7 1/3 innings. The Knights got stellar relief from David Farnham and Babiera, who recorded his second win of the season.
"I am really proud of the way Chandler competed for seven-plus innings," Cavan said. "I was also really happy with our relievers, David Farnham and RJ Babiera. The entire team is to credit for the win. Everyone played a role. "
Antonio Lopez had the defensive play of the game in the eighth. With the bases loaded, Farnham came in and got a fly ball to left. Lopez, running back full speed made a full- extension catch in left. The runner at second did not tag up, because the ball off the bat looked like a clear base.
"The runner on third left early due to not thinking the ball would be caught and got the double play out of the inning," Cavan added. "The play was spectacular. It was an exciting game, but that play was the difference maker.
Somorjai called a solid game and caught all 10 innings behind the plate. He also threw out a runner trying to steal, and allowed no passed balls.
In Cupertino, Palo Alto opened its SCVAL De Anza Division baseball season with an 8-0 victory over Cupertino on Wednesday. Justin Hull pitched a complete-game one-hitter for the Vikings (1-0, 4-1-1) and helped himself at the plate with a double among his three hits.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep opened its PAL Bay Division season with a 12-1 loss to visiting Sequoia. The Gators fell to 0-7.
The Menlo-Atherton at Westmont and St. Thomas More at Pinewood games were not reported.
Menlo School won its first showdown with rival Sacred Heart Prep, posting a 192-210 dual-match victory in West Bay Athletic League action Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. The Knights (2-0) were led by Jeff Herr's even-par 36 while William Hsieh shot 37, Charlie Hsieh carded a 38 and Max Ting a 39. Will Johnson led the Gators (1-1, 1-3) with a 36.
Despite getting four goals each from Grace Tully and Annie Payne, Menlo-Atherton dropped a tough 13-12 nonleague decision to host Redwood in Larkspur on Wednesday. The Bears (1-1) opened a 5-3 halftime lead with Tully scoring twice. Payne scored three of her goals in the second half, giving M-A a three-goal lead at one point. Redwood (1-1), however, went on a 4-0 run to close the match.