William Pires pitched a complete game and added three hits to help the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U all-star team remain in contention in the Babe Ruth NorCal state tournament with a 13-2 victory over Vallejo on Monday.
Palo Alto plays again Tuesday at 5 p.m. with a chance to move closer to Thursday's 5 p.m. championship game.
Zander Darby, who also had three hits to go with three stolen bases, led the parade around the bases with a single. Roland Martinez Luna reached on an error and Ritter Amsbaugh drove in the first run with a single.
Garrett Faure, Pires, Michael Gonzalez, Adrian Contreras, Ben Gordon and Martinez-Luna also drove in runs in the inning. Everyoe who got an at bat in the game either scored a run, got a hit or drove in a run.
Pires retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. He gave up two runs on four hits, strikeing out two and walking one.
Contreras, Faure and Martinez-Luna each drove in a pair of runs. Matthew Caren, Faure, Contreras and Gordon each had two hits.