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Menlo blasts its way back into the PAL Ocean Division race

 

Menlo School snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way by belting host El Camino, 16-4, in PAL Ocean Division baseball action on Tuesday.

The Knights (6-3, 14-5) are back in the race after losing once to King's Academy and twice to first-place Woodside (5-2), which dropped a 3-2 decision to Mills on Tuesday.

David Farnham led Menlo's 15-hit attack by slamming two home runs and driving in six. Davis Rich had four hits, including two doubles, and five RBI in addition to scoring three times.

Farnham, a senior, had his second two-homer game of the season. He also scored three times. Menlo blew the game open with 11 runs in the first inning.

RJ Babiera, also a senior, had two hits and scored twice. Menlo's battery of Chandler Yu and Ben Somorjai accounted for four RBI.

Yu picked up his sixth win in seven decisions, throwing four shutout innings while striking out four.

The Knights will host El Camino on Thursday at 4 p.m., completing the home-and-away series.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn (3-5, 4-12) dropped a 5-0 decision to host Santa Clara at Washington Park. The Titans managed just two hits and committed five errors.

Boys golf

Sophomore Ahmed Ali continued his standout season by shooting a 3-under 27 to pace Palo Alto to a 155-191 dual-match victory over host Cupertino in SCVAL De Anza Division action Tuesday at the par-30 Deep Cliff Golf Course.

The Vikings improved to 10-0 in the division and 12-0 overall as Henry Hughes shot even par while Matt Lewis and Sergi Mata each carded a 32. Spencer Rojahn wrapped up the scoring with a solid 34.

In the WBAL, senior Will Hsieh and freshman Charlie Hsieh each shot even-par 36 to pace Menlo School to a 184-254 dual-match victory over host Pinewood at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

For the Knights, it was their lowest team score of the season as they improved to 7-2 and held on to second place in the WBAL. Along with the Hsieh brothers, Jeff Herr and Seth Pope each shot 37 and Rohin Chandra carded a 38.

Boys lacrosse

Jack Crockett and Thomas Wine each tallied three times to lead Sacred Heart Prep to a 16-2 romp over visiting Aragon in PAL Bay Division action. Trevor Peay, Frank Bell and Will Kremer all scored twice as the Gators (4-0, 12-2) held on to first place. Kremer also had two assists.

Also in Atherton, Menlo-Atherton won its second straight as Robert Lane and Jack Hansen each scored three times to pace the Bears to a 12-3 victory over visiting Carlmont in PAL Bay Division. M-A (3-2, 4-8) got two goals from Jack Wolf and Trystan Uphoff and one each from Jack Maxwell and Andrew Ojeda. Cooper Waymire had five saves in goal.

Girls lacrosse

With junior Cameron Gordon scoring five goals, Sacred Heart Prep rolled to a 17-3 victory over visiting Burlingame in WBAL (Foothill Division) action. The Gators (5-0, 11-3) easily maintained their hold on first place by grabbing a 10-3 halftime lead the then blanking the Panthers after intermission. Juliana Clark added four goals, Libby Muir had three and Emma Johnson joined with Allison Carter in scoring two each.

Menlo School, meanwhile, remained a game behind the Gators following a 12-4 win over visiting Menlo-Atherton. The Knights improved to 4-1 in league (7-6 overall) while the Bears dropped to 3-2 and 8-7.

Indie Varma and Allison Liddle each scored four goals for Menlo with Abby Wolfenden and Charlotte Swisher adding two each. Kaitlin Frangione provided five assists, four coming during a 10-minute span in the second half. Goalie Alena Stern finished with 10 saves.

Eight of Menlo's 12 goals were assisted with seven different players accounting for 20 points. The Knights' defense allowed only three shots on goal in the first half while taking a 5-1 lead. Menlo opened the second half with three straight goals.

In Redwood City, Castilleja overcame an early deficit to defeat host Sequoia, 16-10, in WBAL Foothill Division play. The Gators (2-3, 7-4) grabbed an 11-6 halftime lead and kept the Cherokees from getting any closer.

Senior Ellie Chen and freshman Taylor DeGroff led Castilleja with four goals apiece while freshman Lauren Traum scored a hat trick. Senior Celeste Woloshyn added two goals and two assists, freshman Anika Adzich also scored a pair, and senior Emma Glickman and freshman Makee Anderson tallied a goal each.

In nonleague action, Palo Alto got three goals from Maya Benatar in a 9-7 victory over host St. Francis. Charlotte Cheng and Ellen Goncher added two goals apiece for the Vikings (11-3), which got 15 saves from goalie Meredith Kinnaman. The teams were tied at halftime, 5-5.

Softball

Allison Zanolli had three hits and scored two runs to help Castilleja post a 6-2 win over host Harker in WBAL Foothill Division action. Kate Wang aded two hits and scored twice for the Gators, who got a complete-game pitching effort from Tara Thakurta, who improved to 9-7.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, visiting Gunn dropped a 1-0 decision to first-place Mountain View (6-0) as the Titans (4-2, 8-5) managed just three hits.

Boys tennis

Menlo School clinched no worse than a tie for its 20th straight league title under head coach Bill Shine following a 6-1 victory over host Crystal Springs. The Knights improved to 10-0 in league (14-3 overall) with league matches remaining against King's Academy (Thursday) and Harker (April 26).

Sacred Heart Prep (7-2, 12-6) prevented Menlo from winning the WBAL title outright by blanking King's Academy, 7-0.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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