Good moms know, especially Alpine Little League moms, that the key to success is a complete breakfast. That's why Brent Valentine loads up on bacon, eggs and waffles on the day of a big game.
And on Saturday he feasted twice. Valentine had a home run and a triple, with 6 RBI, to lead Guy Plumbing to a 7-2 win over Old Pro in the Menlo Park Little League Majors City Championship game at Burgess Park.
Guy Plumbing had won the Alpine West-Menlo league playoff title on Saturday over Peak Performance, 10-3.
Meanwhile, Old Pro won the Menlo-Atherton league playoffs with a 6-1 victory over Shell. The two then met for the city championship, which is a long-standing tradition.
"Usually I just eat cereal for breakfast, but for big games I like to eat a lot," said Valentine, whose triple to center with the bases loaded in the third broke open the game. That gave Guy Plumbing a 6-2 lead.
"It was a waist-high fastball," said Valentine, who's hitting .646 this season, with seven homers and two triples. "Probably my favorite hit, other than home runs."
Jack Scarborough (single), Will Marenghi (single) and Walker Hall (hit by pitch) all scored on Valentine's triple.
Valentine had a two-run homer in Guy Plumbing's three-run first.
Marenghi started and went the distance for Alpine, striking out six and giving up no walks.
"I used my curve quite a bit, mostly against the top of their order," Marenghi said. "This win was more important to us than the league championship, because this was a team we hadn't played before. Plus I have friends in the M-A league."
Old Pro had come on strong at the end of the season, winning the M-A playoffs despite finishing in second place during the regular season.
"A couple of errors hurt us and we just came up a bit short," said Old Pro manager Eric Filipek of Saturday's game. "But it was a great season. It was good to get the Old Pro name back in the championship game again."
Old Pro was led by Henry Brockman and Calem Filipek, who both had doubles, and Davonnie Bower and Robby Bentley, who had two singles each. Bentley also had an outstanding play at second base. Filipek's double drove in a run during his team's two-run first inning.