Paul Thie went 4-for-4, drove in four runs and scored four times to help the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-star team beat host Woodland, 10-0, Thursday at Clark Field to reach Friday's championship round of the Babe Ruth Northern California state tournament.
Gianluca Shinn pitched a one-hitter in the five-inning game, striking out four and walking three. He needed just 67 pitches, 40 for strikes, to get the job done.
Owen Crevelt drove in three runs for Palo Alto, which was scheduled to play Tri-Valley at 4 p.m. Friday. Palo Alto needs to win twice to advance into regional play.
Ryan Mo added two hits and drove in a run for Palo Alto, which advanced to the championship game for the second straight year.
Tyler Nelson also recorded a hit and Charlie Giesler, who walked and was hit by a pitch, scored twice in the contest. Benjamin Civjan recorded a pair of stolen bases.
Thie scored the game's first run on a wild pitch in the first. He added a two-run single in the second. Shinn also singled during the inning and Clark Mellen's sacrifice helped set up a run.
Thie doubled in a pair of runs in the third, sparking a four-run rally that put the 14s on the brink of victory.
Shinn walked the leadoff hitter and then retired six of the next seven hitters he faced. He also set down the final six in a row.
Palo Alto 13s
Stephen Lee drove in a run to help the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team take an early run, though Tri-Valley roared back, scoring 12 unearned runs to win, 16-3, and capture the Babe Ruth 13 Northern California state tournament Thursday at McKelvey Field in Mountain View.
Palo Alto, which also lost to Tri-Valley in the opening round, reached the championship game by getting contributions from everybody along the way.
Against Tri-Valley, which advances to the Southwest Regional in Surprise, AZ, the spring training home to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, Matthew Caren doubled, while Jonah Elisofon, Adrian Contreras, Zach Donaker and Adar Schwarzbach each singled.