Palo Alto Little League wrapped up its regular season in baseball with its annual City Tournament that concluded Sunday, with Bike Connection defeating Stanford Electric, 10-5, in the championship game at Middlefield Ballpark.
Bike Connection was the No. 3 seed in the National League bracket while Stanford Electric was No. 1 in the American League side of the double-elimination tourney, which began on May 7.
Bike Connection opened with an 11-10 win over No. 6 Alhouse and followed that up with a 9-4 win over No. 2 Morgan Gault, and a 4-1 triumph over No. 1 All Out, which dropped into the consolation bracket and eliminated No. 5 Agile, 8-2.
That earned All-Out another game with Bike Connection, which All-Out made the most of with a 9-5. That forced a rematch on Saturday, which saw Bike Connection post a 4-2 victory and a berth in the title contest.
Members of Bike Connection included William An, Henry Bolte, J Miguel Brand, Rowan Felsch, Phillip Hollet, Graham Kim, Nolan Kim, Da'veon Roberts, Nicolas Shingle, Palo Silva, Zach Silver and Zach Tom.
Stanford Electric had a first-round bye before edging No. 5 Service Rocket, 4-3. Stanford moved on and defeated No. 2 Masonic, 9-7. Masonic dropped into the consolation bracket and beat No. 4 Spot Pizza, 13-1, to earn a berth opposite Stanford Electric in the semifinals.
Stanford Electric earned its trip to the finals with a 22-12 romp over Masonic.
This weekend, Palo Alto Little League will host its Memorial Day Weekend Jamboree. The events includes six teams each from Majors, PCL and AAA that will play a round-robin of two games each with the top two teams then playing a championship. The Majors division this year will be a wood bat tournament.
Menlo School grad Andrew Buchanan and his SMU teammate, Ben Baxter, won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot in Mamoroneck, N.Y.
Menlo School grad Daniel Morkovine will team with Skyler Butts to represent Claremont-Mudd Scripps in doubles at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships that run Thursday through Saturday at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The individual championships will consist of 32 singles players total and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Morkovine is also an alternate in singles. He and the No. 2-ranked Stags are coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 8 Chicago in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Sunday in Kalamazoo. CMS had won three straight national titles. Morkovine lost in singles, but teamed with Butts to win in doubles.
Menlo School graduate Laura Gradiska is one of eight Gettysburg College student-athletes who have been honored as members of the Spring Academic All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team.
Gradiska earned All-CC Honorable Mention status after leading the women's tennis team with 19 total wins, going 11-5 in singles play and 8-8 in doubles. She was the team's top performer in singles action and competed at each of the top two flights. Gradiska went 2-2 at No. 1 and 9-3 at No. 2. In conference competition, the junior logged a record of 6-4. She is the first Gettysburg player to record at least 11 victories in three consecutive seasons in 19 years.
Menlo College coach Joey Bareng announced the addition of junior transfer Kait Fitzpatrick, who comes to Menlo after a pair of All-American seasons at Campbellsville University in Kentucky where she finished fifth at nationals as a freshman and was an Academic All-American as a sophomore.
Fitzpatrick, who competes at 109 pounds, also had a remarkably successful prep career before joining the collegiate ranks.
A native of Yardley, Pa. she was a three-time Pennsylvania Folkstyle and Freestyle State Champion, a 2011 Cadet Folkstyle National Champion, a 2011 Cadet Folkstyle National Champion and a 2013 FILA Body Bar National Runner-Up.
"I am ready to pursue greatness in the fall, and for the rest of my life," said Fitzpatrick. "I believe that Menlo is an institution that will give me the tools to achieve my academic, athletic, and life goals because of its excellent programs and location. The coach and staff have been very friendly and welcoming and I'm excited to continue my journey with people that will teach and support me."
Fitzpatrick helps bolster an Oaks team that just concluded its most successful season in program history, finishing 7th in the nation with five wrestlers claiming All-American status -- all of whom return for the 2016-17 season.