The SCVAL De Anza Division baseball race is all tied up again, thanks to Palo Alto's 4-0 triumph over host Los Gatos on Wednesday.
The Wildcats had been alone in first place, but are now 7-1 in league (11-8 overall) heading into Friday's rematch at Palo Alto (8-1, 13-2-1) at 4 p.m.
Palo Alto got all the runs it needed in the first inning by putting up three. Ethan Stern singled and, with two outs, Alec Olmstead singled. Justin Hull singled home Stern before Lawrence Han drove home Olmstead and Hull with a single.
Paly added another run in the second on an RBI single by Max Jung-Goldberg (scoring Angus Stayte), which proved more than enough for Hull as he tossed a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk.
Hull threw 91 pitches, 65 of which were strikes. Of the 26 batters Hull faced, 21 saw first-pitch strikes.
In the PAL Bay Division, host Sacred Heart Prep upset first-place Carlmont, 7-3, as senior Andrew Daschbach homered and doubled and drove in four runs.
The Scots came in 6-0 (15-2 overall) and riding a 12-game win streak. The Gators, however, got to Carlmont starter Tim Reilly, a 6-foot-5 junior who had a 4-0 mark and 1.38 ERA. SHP scored five runs on six hits (including Daschbach's homer) off Reilly in the first two innings and chased him from the game.
Cole Spina gained the important victory for SHP (2-1, 6-12) while limiting Carlmont to four hits over four innings. The Scots came in with a .383 team batting average.
The teams meet again Friday at Carlmont.
Also in the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton (1-6, 4-13) dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to co-leader Terra Nova (5-1, 7-4-1).
Palo Alto remained unbeaten and clinched the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title with a 189-221 dual-match victory over rival Gunn at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.
The Vikings improved to 8-0 in league (10-0 overall) as Ahmed Ali earned medalist honors with a 2-under 34 on the hilly layout.
Paly has three matches remaining, including a rematch with Gunn (6-4) at Palo Alto Municipal on Thursday. The Vikings will play Homestead and Cupertino next week at Sunnyvale Municipal with a shot at finishing the regular season undefeated.
Palo Alto remained unbeaten and atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League race following a 16-6 triumph over visiting Saratoga. Maya Benatar led the Vikings (7-0, 9-3) with four goals with Charlotte Cheng and Emily Wood adding three and Ellen Goncher two. Goalie Meredith Kinnaman made 11 saves for Paly, which will host rival Gunn on Friday at 7 p.m.
Gunn (4-6) defeated visiting Mitty, 6-4, in nonleague action Wednesday night.
Tara Thakurta tossed a no-hitter as Castilleja remained undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) race following an 8-1 triumph over visiting Pinewood.
Thakurta walked six but struck out 11 during her complete-game gem over the Panthers (0-3, 4-5). She improved to 8-6 while helping her team move to 2-0 in league play.
Abby Lowell had a home run and triple for Castilleja, which had seven hits off Aisley Njissang (nine strikeouts). Allison Zanolli also had two hits for Castilleja and scored two runs.
In a showdown between the best team in the PAL Bay Division and the best in the WBAL, host Menlo School carried the day for the WBAL with a 6-1 nonleague victory on Wednesday.
The Bears (13-4) came in having suffered losses to only Monta Vista and St. Francis from the Central Coast Section and Santa Margarita from Southern California, but left with a third loss to a CCS opponent.
The Knights (12-3), meanwhile, also had three losses -- all to Southern California squads (Pacific Palisades, Harvard-Westlake and San Marino). Menlo's stronger schedule evidently played in the Knights' favor as three of the four singles victories were won by two sophomores and a freshman.
Sophomore Siddharth Chari rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 10-8 victory at No. 1 over M-A veteran Casey Morris. Sophomore Clark Safran posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 3 over Jeffrey Jorgensen and freshman Andrei Volgin was a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Timmy Berthier. Menlo senior Nathan Safran completed the singles sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Reed Fratt at No. 2.
In nonleague action, Sacred Heart Prep improved to 10-5 with a 5-2 victory over visiting Carlmont. Josh Lin and Max Cluss produced straight-set wins at No. 2 and 4 singles, respectively.