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Menlo 5, Menlo-Atherton 4

Date of competition: Thursday, February 24, 2022

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In a dramatic season opener against a crosstown rival, the Menlo baseball team held off host Menlo-Atherton 5-4 on Thursday.

Menlo dug deep in the seventh with the score knotted at 3. The Knights loaded the bases with one out and sophomore Jason Lee drew a walk, and Carson Cleage came home with the go-ahead run. Menlo scored again when Colin Dhaliwal raced home on Sudar Kartheepan RBI groundout for a 5-3 lead.

M-A added a run on a sac fly but Ryan Schnell came up with a pair of strikeouts to seal the win.

"They finished," Menlo Co-Coach Greg Hart said. "It's a seven-inning game and they worked hard to the very end. It was truly a great team win."

The Knights evened the score at 3 in top of fifth when junior Jake Bianchi singled to right-center to drive in Carson Cleage, who walked, then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. M-A got a runner on second before second baseman Jacob Lee made a double play on a liner to end the fifth inning.

On a full count with two out, centerfielder Trey McNair made a brilliant diving catch to snare a liner to center-right, leaving a runner stranded in the sixth.

Records: Menlo 1-0; Menlo-Atherton 1-1

posted by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics on Feb 24, 2022 at 6:54 pm

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posted by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics on Feb 25, 2022 at 1:50 am

Menlo sophomore Ryan Schnell recorded a pair of strikeouts to end a Menlo-Atherton threat in the seventh inning. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.
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