Varsity Mens Baseball

Alhouse King 2, Hengehold 1

Date of competition: Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Two teams are eliminated but six remain heading into the third round of the Palo Alto Little League City Tournament for majors. Two more baseball teams will be ousted on Tuesday, but top-seeded Alhouse won't be one of them. The tourney favorite is undefeated after two victories, the latest coming Sunday in a 2-1 triumph over No. 4 seed Hengehold at Middlefield Ballpark. The game provided a marquee matchup between two of the league's top pitchers -- Hengehold's Danny Erlich and Alhouse's Kenta Yanagisawa.

Erlich doubled home his team's only run in the first inning and pitched brilliantly, allowing only two infield hits in five innings of work. Meanwhile, Yanagisawa combined with Corey Bicknell to hold Hengehold to just four hits. Erlich was working on a no-hitter with one out in the fourth inning and his team clinging to a 1-0 lead, but Yanagisawa reached on a throwing error. Andrew Robinson beat out an infield chopper and both runners moved up on stolen bases. With two out, Brian Tracy placed a perfect bunt down the first-base line. As Yanagisawa raced home with the tying run, Erlich fielded the ball, wheeled and threw to first, hoping to get Tracy and preserve the shutout. But the ball got away and rolled into right field, allowing Robinson to also score.

Alhouse now advances to a third-round game Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) against No. 6 Palo Alto Venture Partners.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jun 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

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