The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-star team, playing short-handed, gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth and fell to Mateo Blue, 4-3, in a winner's bracket game of the Babe Ruth NorCal state tournament at the Sports Complex on Sunday.
Palo Alto scored all of its runs in the top of the first inning. Zander Darby scored on a wild pitch, Jack Ryan singled home a run and, for the third time in two days, Michael Gonzalez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home a run.
Starter Ritter Amsbaugh allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in five innings but was not involved in the decision. Ryan added a scoreless inning of relief to keep Palo Alto in it.
Palo Alto plays again at 5 p.m. Monday and will need to win three games in as many days to reach the championship in the double-elimination tournament.
California Collegiate Baseball
The sprinklers came on at Palo Alto high with the score tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning in a nonconference summer game between the host Pacific Union Financial Capitalists and the Utah Marshalls on Sunday.
The game will be resumed at 11 a.m. Monday, with a regularly scheduled game to follow at noon.
The Caps tied the game when Paly grad Max Jung-Goldberg opened the inning with a single and Tyler Casagrande followed with another single one out later. Jose Gonza;ez followed with a two-run single.
Austin Wells walked and Tanner Carlson took a strike before the sprinklers came on.