M-A rally falls short; Paly loses in final at bat

John Quinlan collected three hits for Menlo-Atherton on Monday. Photo by Noah Eisner.

Jake Albro hit a three-run homer and Tyler Nelson drove in two runs but it wasn't quite enough as Menlo-Atherton fell to Hillsdale 6-5 in a non-league baseball game Monday in San Mateo.

John Quinlan collected three hits for the Bears (7-12, 5-3), who play El Camino in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest at home Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Jake Wang doubled with one out in the top of the seventh and the next two batters hit the ball hard but right at somebody.

M-A, which is in a second-place tie in the Ocean Division, scored all five runs on two swings of the bat.

Quinlan led off the game with a single and went to second on Kyle Hartmanis' one-out single. Wang's fielder's choice groundball left runners at first and third with two outs. Wang stole second just ahead of Nelson's single up the middle, scoring two.

Two pitches into the second, Hillsdale recorded two outs. Then, Pete Discher walked on four pitches, Quinlan singled and Albro connected on a 2-1 pitch for a home run to give the Bears a 5-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the second.

M-A loaded the bases with two outs in the third on Ryan Barnes' single, Max Coupe's mishandled grounder and a walk to Anthony Waller but could not score.

Hillsdale scored four runs, three earned, after two outs in the fourth to inch ahead. Discher tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the Bears within striking distance.

In another non-league game, Sacred Heart Cathedral scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Palo Alto 5-4 at Westborough Park in South San Francisco.

Josh Kasevich tied the game at 4-all for the Vikings (13-7) in the top of the fifth, doubling home Paul Thie, who singled earlier in the inning. Thie also added a home run for Paly, which meets Saratoga in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game at 4 p.m. in Palo Alto.

Stephen Lee also drove in a run for the Vikings, who are three games out of first place with four games to play. Paly finishes the SCVAL season with a pair of games against league-leading Los Altos (18-1, 11-1).

Tyler Foug was the tough-luck loser. He pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. He walked three and struck out six. Kyle Mostofizadeh started for Paly.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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