Varsity Mens Baseball

Palo Alto 11, Bel-Mateo 1

Date of competition: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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In yet another dominant victory, the Palo Alto 15-year-old all-star team won the District 6 championship in an 11-1 victory over Bel-Mateo at Belmont Sports Complex on Wednesday night. With the district championship, Palo Alto advances to the Northern California tournament, which begins July 25 in Antioch.

For the third consecutive game, Palo Alto required only five innings to win, enforcing the 10n-run rule in all of its district tournament game. Until the bottom of the fourth inning, Palo Alto and Bel-Mateo were locked in a tight battle.

Palo Alto jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when B.J. Boyd led off with a double and scored on a single by Tucker Jorgensen. However, after Bel-Mateo starter Zach Grech held Palo Alto scoreless in the second and third, Bel-Mateo tied the game in the top of the fourth. Grech doubled to begin the inning and then caught Palo Alto off-guard with a delayed steal of third. Grech's delayed steal drew an overthrow, allowing him to score easily and tie the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the bats that allowed Palo Alto to score 29 runs in its previous two games came alive as Palo Alto batted around to score five times. Both Boyd and Jorgensen drew walks with the bases loaded and Travis McHugh delievered a double that scored two.

Now cruising comfortably with a 6-1 lead, Palo managed to enforce the 10-run rule with a five-run fifth inning. Boyd singled in two runs to finish the game with three RBI and McHugh crushed his second double of the game, clearing the bases to get Palo Alto to 11 runs, and end the game.

Drake Swezey started the game for Palo Alto and pitched masterfully, not allowing a hit in his three innings of work while striking out two. Swezey was relieved by Matt Eastman, who overcame early control problems and some sloppy defense to allow only one unearned run in two innings of work.

posted by Colin Becht on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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Palo Alto
Winning pitcher (record)
Losing pitcher (record)
Battery for winning team, catchers
Swezey, Eastman (4) and Lonsky
Battery for losing team, catchers
Grech, Sterling (4) and Demattei
McHugh 2, Boyd (PA); Grech (BM).
3 hits (or more)
2 hits
Boyd, McHugh (PA).
3 RBIs (or more)
McHugh 5, Boyd (PA).
2 RBIs
Jorgensen (PA).
Team Records:
Palo Alto: 3-0 Bel-Mateo: 2-2
Notes from the game:

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posted by Colin Becht on Jul 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm
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posted by Keith Peters on Jul 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Drake Swezey (left) congratulates B.J. Boyd for scoring the game's first run during Palo Alto's 11-1 victory over Bel-Mateo in the District 6 Babe Ruth 15-year old All-Star Tournament on Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Matt Eastman (right) is congratulated by pitching coach Dale Ritson after a scoreless fifth inning during the District 6 Babe Ruth 15s tourney finale on Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto shortstop Tucker Jorgensen looks for the ball after his error in the fourth loaded the bases. Palo Alto escaped at that point without allowing a run during an 11-1 victory over Bel-Mateo in the District 6 Babe Ruth 15s All-Star Tournament finale Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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