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.
Palo Alto, which collected 17 hits (all singles) in the contest, sent 13 hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits, two walks and an error.
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. Everyone 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, striking 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.