Hengehold makes the most of its second chance

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

Hengehold makes the most of its second chance

Late addition to Palo Alto Little League City Tournament wins its opening two games, including upset of defending champ

The beauty of the Palo Alto Little League City Tournament is that one of eight teams can claim the coveted city title. This season, the championship could go to a team that didn't even qualify for the playoffs.

Hengehold Truck Rental finshed fifth in the six-team Palo Alto American League and didn't make the cut to participate in the playoffs. Fourth-place Oneto, however, had to pull out of the tournament when six players left for vacation. Since Oneto did not have enough players to field a playoff team, Hengehold not only stepped in, but quickly turned heads.

With a 6-11-1 record entering the playoffs as a replacement, Hengehold upset National League champions BayPac last Saturday, 6-4, then edged defending city champ, Burkhart, 8-2, on Sunday.

Hengehold played tournament-favorite BCG on Tuesday in the winner's bracket. The winner advanced to Thursday's semifinals at Middlefield Ballpark. The championship game will be Saturday at 1 p.m., with a challenge game (if necessary) set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

BCG made it to the third round of the double-elimination event by drilling PASCO on Saturday, 17-0, and dumping Palo Alto Sport Shop, 14-5, Sunday.

In other first-round action Saturday, defending champion Burkhart received a no-hitter and three hits from Todd Campbell in a 10-0 win over Alhouse-King. Also, Palo Alto Sport Shop whipped Kiwanis, 8-4.

In elimination contests Sunday, Kiwanis beat PASCO, 8-6, and BayPac nipped Alhouse, 5-4.

Babe Ruth

With two weeks remaining in the season, it looks like a two-team race for the regular season title between the Badgers and Cougars.

Both were atop the standings with 9-3 records as the week began, and are three games ahead of both the Bears and Tigers, which are 6-6.

The Cougars and Badgers will square off for first place on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Palo Alto High. The league's top two pitchers are scheduled to face each other, Kyle Jaros for the Cougars and Anthony Rea for the Badgers.

Saturday, the Cougars dismantled the two-time defending champion Huskies, 14-1, as Nelson Ela picked up the win and knocked home two runs. Eric Zawojski had three RBI for the Cougars, with brothers Jeff and Andy Bradshaw collecting a pair of hits.

The Badgers defeated the Gators, 13-7, behind 15 hits as Spencer Seaman earned the win and added three RBI. Jeff Zweig led the Badgers with a double and three RBI in four hits, while Rea notched two doubles and four RBI in three hits.

Gerry Hall produced three hits, including two doubles for the Gators.

Jon Dishotsky had a pair of hits and earned the win as the Tigers bumped the Bears, 9-7. Travis Rundell, Ricky Navarro and Rhys Jones doubled for the Tigers, while Kazou Yamazaki had three hits for the Bears.

On Friday, the Badgers beat the Bears, 7-2, as Rea struck out 10 batters, scattered six hits and was helped offensively by Justin Shifrin's pair of hits.

The Badgers used a four-run sixth inning to grab a 7-3 advantage, then never looked back. Geoff Wang led the Bears with two hits.

The Cougars tallied four runs in the seventh inning to upend the Tigers, 6-3. Ela and Jeff Bradshaw each produced two hits for the Cougars as Michael Herbst earned the win with five strikeouts.

Nick Tanaka had three hits, including a double as the Gators whipped the Huskies, 7-1. Andrew Smith picked up the win as Jordan Sundheim had a double in two hits. Hall also ripped a double for the Gators.

American Legion

Post 375 (11-1) won both ends of a doubleheader from San Francisco last Saturday at Baylands Athletic Center. Palo Alto won 13-0 and 11-1 as Marty Naylor and Pat Frost earned victories.

Aaron Saxe and Matt Maguire had two hits in the opener, while Tyler Sullivan and Scott Stockwell led Post 375 in the nightcap with three hits apiece. Sullivan also tallied three RBI.

Western Baseball Association

The Palo Alto Oaks (3-0) were perfect over the weekend, sweeping a doubleheader at Cupertino last Sunday, 10-2 and 10-4. The Oaks pounded 27 hits and eight extra base hits in the two games.

--Craig Wentz 

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