Paly baseball pounds Saratoga, but remains in second place


The two team race in the SCVAL De Anza Division baseball standings remained unchanged as first-place Los Gatos and second-place Palo Alto both posted solid wins on Wednesday.

The Wildcats moved to 10-1 in league (14-8 overall) with a 7-2 win over Wilcox while the Vikings (9-2, 15-3-1) disposed of visiting Saratoga, 10-1.

Three games remain in the regular season for both Los Gatos and Palo Alto. While catching the Wildcats, or even overtaking them, will take some help, the Vikings are in good position for the postseason playoffs nonetheless.

Against Saratoga, Paly pounded out 14 hits while Justin Hull and Riley Schoeben combined to limit the Falcons to just three hits. Hull went the first five, allowing two hits and striking out seven. Schoeben finished up, allowing a single hit while throwing first strikes on 18 of 24 pitches.

Palo Alto grabbed a 7-1 lead after three innings to decide things early. The Vikings got an RBI single from Lawrence Han, RBI doubles from Angus Stayte and Ben Cleasby plus an RBI single from Ethan Stern during a four-run second inning.

Han had another RBI single during a two-run fifth and finished with three hits and two RBI. Stern had two hits, as did Alec Olmstead and Hull.

Palo Alto will visit Saratoga on Friday (4 p.m.) before closing the regular season with a nonleague home game against Gunn on Saturday and a two-game series with Milpitas next week.

In the PAL Bay Division, Sacred Heart Prep fell back in the standings after dropping an 8-2 decision to co-leader Terra Nova in Pacifica. The Gators are now 5-4 in league (7-13 overall) while the Tigers improved to 7-2 in league.

Despite the loss, SHP remains tied for second place with Hillsdale while Terra Nova and Carlmont lead the division. The top four teams will earn automatic berths into the CCS playoffs.

After handing Carlmont both its losses last week, the Gators couldn't continue their giant killing as they managed just four hits. Sean Clark had two of them.

The teams will meet again Friday, at Sacred Heart Prep (4 p.m.).

In Atherton, the season continued to drag on for Menlo-Atherton (1-8, 4-13), which suffered a 7-0 loss to Sequoia (4-5, 16-6). The Bears managed just three hits off Renic Sloan, who threw just 70 pitches in the complete-game effort.

Boys golf

On a blustery day at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, Menlo School wrapped up the regular season with a 206-240 dual-match golf win over King's Academy to land second place in league. The Knights (7-2) trailed only Harker this season in West Bay Athletic League play. Menlo next will try to earn a bid to the Central Coast Section regionals with Monday's qualifier at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

Against King's Academy, Menlo's Max Ting birdied holes Nos. 1, 3, and 7, but back-to-back bogeys resulted in an even-par round of 36 for medalist honors. Seth Pope (45) and Amherst-bound Jeff Herr (42) sank birdies on the par-5 third hole. Charlie Hsieh shot 38 and Will Hsieh had a 45 to round out the scoring.

Girls lacrosse

Getting four goals and two assists from Jenny Chen, Gunn defeated visiting Los Gatos, 11-7, in a SCVAL match on Wednesday night. Annie Vesey added three goals and five draw controls, Lucy Augustine finished with three goals and Emily Axtell tallied once. Goalkeeper Ruby Robinson made 10 saves.

The Palo Alto at Mountain View match was not reported.

Boys tennis

Sacred Heart Prep continued its bid for a berth in the CCS Team Tournament with a 5-2 nonleague triumph over host Palo Alto. The Gators improved to 13-6 while sweeping the doubles. David Desai and Max Cluss added victories in the singles.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton won its third match in three days, a 7-0 romp over host Burlingame, to wrap up another undefeated PAL tennis season. The Bears (14-0) blanked Hillsdale, San Mateo and Burlingame this week to finish the regular season at 17-4 and earn an automatic berth into the CCS tourney.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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