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MV goes from worst to first in baseball


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jacob Orlov leads Mountain View High in RBIs this season.

There was no escaping it. Kris Mims was going to get wet after taking the Mountain View High baseball team from worst to first in one year.

As soon as the Spartans edged Monta Vista last week to claim the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title, players crept up on their coach to administer the celebratory shower.

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Gunn High pitcher from LA Hills throws perfect game against Mills


Courtesy of Lance Nakamitsu
In only his second start for Gunn High, freshman Nathan Nakamitsu of Los Altos Hills pitched a perfect game.

With each pitch toward perfection, Gunn High’s Nathan Nakamitsu couldn’t help but feel more pressure. It was practically palpable when he reached the last batter, Mills’ No. 3 hitter, who worked the count full.

“There was a lot of pressure to get him out,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “I knew I had to throw a strike.”

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Streaking Spartans edge Eagles in baseball

The last time rivals Los Altos and Mountain View highs met on the baseball diamond, the Eagles edged the Spartans in extra innings in a game to determine which team would remain in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

The Spartans, demoted to the SCVAL El Camino Division with that 6-4 loss last May, didn’t forget it when the teams faced off Saturday in their only scheduled game of the season.

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Eagles split series with Palo Alto


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Adam Spielman’s home run lifted Los Altos to a 1-0 win at Palo Alto March 30. Two days later, the Eagles fell 13-4 to the Vikings.

The Los Altos High baseball team wasn’t able to sweep Palo Alto in last week’s two-game series, but the Eagles did send the Vikings to their first league loss of the season.

Paly avenged the 1-0 home loss to Los Altos March 30 by clobbering the host Eagles 13-4 Friday afternoon.

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MVLA PONY Baseball celebrates 30th season

The upcoming 2016 season marks the 30th anniversary of Los Altos Mountain View PONY Baseball.

League president Curtis Banks said, “2016 should be a great year for our youth players and their fans alike.”

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Umpire Vasser earns red jersey for his service to Little League


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Adam Vasser holds up the red jersey he was awarded last month for his dedication and extensive experience as an umpire in Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Baseball. His dad, Mark, right, earned a red jersey as well.

With nearly 20 years’ experience as an umpire for Little League Baseball, one might think Adam Vasser has seen it all. Just this year, however, the Los Altos native witnessed the strangest play of his career.

“It was a Juniors game in Los Altos, and a kid hit the ball and it hit him square in the face and almost knocked him out,” Vasser said. “He was woozy and had to go to urgent care. It left his team with only eight players, and you can’t go below nine, so we had to end the game. It was the last inning, and they had the tying run on third. It was a crazy scenario. In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

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