Little League baseball
Two days after getting the loss against Sunnyvale National, Los Altos senior all-star pitcher Nick Breakwell broke through for a win over Tri-Cities.
In the loser's-bracket game in Sunnyvale, Breakwell went the distance to notch the 11-4 victory. However, last Thursday Cupertino National knocked Los Altos out of the District 44 tournament by a 9-4 count.
Against Tri-Cities, each team scored three runs in the first, but then Los Altos took over.
With Chad Ziemendorf and Peter Serventi on first and second to open up the second inning, Chris Dreyer moved them up a base with a well-placed sacrifice bunt. Geordie Gordon then drove the runners home with a single just inside the first-base bag, and Dan Pfefferbaum singled Gordon home to give Los Altos a 6-3 lead.
After scoring a run in the fourth on Scott Stockwell's RBI single, Los Altos added four insurance runs in the seventh. Highlighting that inning were run-scoring hits from Dreyer, Pfefferbaum and Andy Meyers. On the night, Pfefferbaum finished with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Meyers and Ziemendorf with two hits each.
Tri-Cities managed to tack on a run in the fifth, but then Breakwell retired nine of the last 10 batters to end the game.
Defensively, Los Altos came up big on two occasions. In the second inning, Breakwell snagged a line drive and doubled a Tri-Cities runner off first; and minutes later, catcher Ziemendorf gunned down a runner trying to steal third. And with the bases loaded in the third, Breakwell issued a strikeout and second baseman Dreyer grabbed a liner to end the inning.
JUNIORS: As of Monday, Los Altos' juniors squad was 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Sunnyvale Southern (6-5), Tri-Cities (14-4) and Santa Clara Homestead (9-3).
MAJORS: Campbell knocked the Los Altos majors out of the tourney with a 7-2 victory on July 8.
9-10-YEAR-OLDS: Los Altos Hills exited from the tournament with a 13-4 loss to Sunnyvale Metro on Saturday.