Prep baseball: Palo Alto goes offensive on the Falcons

Josh Kasevich hit a home run leading off the sixth.

Hyunwoo Roh and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Josh Kasevich hit a home run and Palo Alto knocked out visiting Saratoga 14-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Wednesday.

Zander Darby, Ritter Amsbaugh and Paul Thie each drove in three runs for the Vikings (14-7, 7-4), who travel to play Saratoga at 4 p.m. Friday.

Aidan Berger and Kasevich each drove in a pair of runs for Paly, which is 3 1/2 games out of first and can finish no higher than second, ending the Vikings two-year reign as league champions.

Palo Alto can still look forward to the SCVAL playoffs and the Central Coast Section tournament. The Vikings have five regular-season games remaining, three in league play.

Amsbaugh tripled with the bases loaded in the fourth to give Paly a 12-0 lead. Kasevich led off the sixth with his home run.

Roh gave up four hits in his five innings, with three strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Will Robbins and Ben Estrada each pitched a scoreless inning and Paly pitchers retired eight of the final nine hitters they faced.

PAL Bay Division

Ronan Donnelly took a one-hitter into the seventh inning but ended up with a no-decision as Sacred Heart Prep dropped a frustrating 3-2 decision to Terra Nova in nine innings in a PAL Bay Division contest Wednesday.

Donnelly, who also had three hits, was solid after allowing a single in the bottom of the first. Aidan Macaluso had two hits and Alex Nissenberg drove in a run for the Gators (9-11-1, 4-5), who look to break even against the Tigers on Friday at 4 p.m. in Atherton.

Donnelly and Terra Nova starter Andrew Harkness matched zeroes through five innings. SHP broke through in the sixth when courtesy runner Yianni Gardner (for catcher Will Moldow, who walked) scored on an error. Nissenberg's two-out single gave the Gators a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Donnelly doubled with one out. Moldow followed with a single to center but Donnelly had to stay at second. Ryan Mo hit a grounder to second, who threw home to get Donnelly trying to score. Reece Lindquist was hit by a pitch to load the bases and all three runners were stranded.

In the bottom of the seventh, Donnelly struck out the leadoff hitter but that was his final out. The Tigers eventually loaded the bases and scored their first run on a walk and tied the score on a sacrifice fly.

Ezno Pollioni singled to open SHP's eighth but was erased on a double play. Alex Lim followed with a double.

Donnelly also singled to open the ninth but could get no further than second. The winning run scored on a passed ball.

at Capuchino

Ian Collins and Max Chou each doubled and singled but Menlo fell to Capuchino 5-2 in a PAL Bay Division game Wednesday in San Bruno.

The Knights (12-7, 5-4) scored a run in each of the first two innings to take the early lead. Collins singled ahead of Chou's RBI double in the first and Jake Tsutaoka singled to score Adam Kasser in the second.

Menlo had three baserunners the rest of the way. Bennett Norman pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief for the Knights, who have a home game Friday against the Mustangs at 4 p.m.

The Knights remained in second place with Carlmont, which lost to league-leader Burlingame, 6-4. The Panthers have a three-game cushion over the rest of the division.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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