- Published on Tuesday, 23 April 1996 20:11
- Written by Andy Nystrom
In one of the closer games on the Peninsula this season, Mercy-Burlingame downed Pinewood 9-8 last Tuesday to remain atop the Private Schools Athletic League with a 7-0 mark. Second-place Pinewood (6-2 league, 8-4 overall) started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning and trailing 6-1 after four frames.But thanks to a two-RBI triple by Kacey Scheppler, run-scoring single from Andrea Hajjarian and several walks, the Panthers cut the deficit to 6-5 in their half of the fifth. "We broke it open a little bit," said Pinewood Coach Christy Eustice. The Panthers' Kari Burnett then led off the next inning with a double and scored the tying run.Runs piled up for both teams in the seventh: Mercy scored three, but Pinewood could only answer with two, thus suffering its second loss to the league leaders this season. The Panthers' downfall was leaving nine runners stranded on base.On the pitching end, Scheppler (6-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits. From the plate, she raised her average to about .500 with a 3-for-4 performance (triple, double, single and three RBIs).Pinewood bounced back against Valley-Dublin on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. Leading the hit parade was Scheppler with three (and 15 Ks from the mound) and Ali Harvey with two. In Saturday's nonleague action, tough Menlo downed the Panthers 8-1.Although Pinewood couldn't crack Mercy during the regular season, it may get a shot at them in the Central Coast Section playoffs Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â if the Panthers qualify. Eustice said her team must win the rest of its league games (plus Saturday's nonleague meeting with Sacred Heart Prep) to contend for an at-large berth.
ADD SOFTBALL: In last weekend's Mission City Invitational, Los Altos (21-5 overall) beat Mitty 1-0 in the second round, but lost to Presentation 3-0 in the quarterfinals and again to Mitty 2-0 in the semis. Eagles Yma Garcia and Sabrina Quintero made the all-tournament team.Mountain View (17-6-1) also had a run-in with eventual Mission champ Presentation, losing 4-3. In league action last week, St. Francis got two hits apiece from Cindy Hirsch and Saskia Gazenbeek and strong pitching from Catherine Hallada to knock off Los Gatos 3-0. The Lancers are 3-3 in league.
GIRLS WATER POLO: St. Francis was the only local team to qualify for last week's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs. The Lancers downed Monta Vista 5-3 in the opening round on Wednesday, but lost to powerhouse Menlo-Atherton 12-4 the following day. Against Monta Vista, a strong defensive effort Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â led by goalie Sarah Wilhalm Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â pulled the Lancers through, said Coach Steve Yamamoto. St. Francis goal scorers included Crystal Melin (two), Ashley Scheel and Andrea Canning. But in the battle for third place Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and a CCS playoff spot Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Homestead beat St. Francis 6-4 on Friday, thus ending the Lancers' season with a 7-4 record.