Mens Baseball

Palo Alto National 10, RC National 8

Date of competition: Monday, July 6, 2009

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Palo Alto National remained alive at Middlefield Ballpark with a 10-8 victory over Redwood City National in the consolation bracket. Palo Alto fell behind early to a hard-hitting Redwood City club as Jamie Kruger had two big hits and Ben Simon continued his rampage at the plate. Trailing 4-0, Palo Alto finally put up two runs on hits by Pete Snodgrass, Eric Maser, Miles Tention and Dillon Scheel.

Maser had four hits, including two doubles, before the night was over. Scheel came back from taking a foul ball to the mouth on Sunday, that required stitches, to play a great game. The see-saw battle continued in the fourth, when Palo Alto tied the score at 5 only to have RWC take back the lead, 6-5, in the bottom of the inning. Palo Alto battled back in the fifth to tie the game, but Redwood City answered with two more runs, making it 8-6 going into the sixth inning.

Palo Alto proceded to score four runs to take a 10-8 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Griffy Byer made the defensive gem of the tournament with a diving catch in center field. Alec Olmstead was able to close out the game. Tommy Smale started for the Palo Alto National, and Ben Cleasby did a fine job in relief.

Palo Alto played itself into a rematch with Hillsborough on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Hillsborough defeated Palo Alto, 16-11, in the first round. Palo Alto, however, has demonstrated the ability to score runs (11, 12, 10 and 10) and a competitive spirit. The Palo Alto-Hillsborough winner will advance to Wednesday's game (7:30 p.m.) against the San Carlos-Half Moon Bay winner. In the championship bracket on Wednesday, Belmont/Redwood Shores and Foster City will meet (5 p.m.) in a battle between the lone remaining unbeaten teams.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jul 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

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