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PA Oaks cap season that could be their last


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Los Altos High graduate Steve Espinoza is stepping down as manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, a semipro baseball team founded in 1950.

It may be all over for the Oaks. Not just the season – the semipro baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs late last month – but for the organization as well.

Steve Espinoza, general manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, said he is stepping down after 11 years due to the challenges of securing field time and funds necessary to keep the Western Baseball Association team running.

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After stellar season, LA grad Rosenbaum gets back to work


Courtesy of Simon Rosenbaum
Simon Rosenbaum batted .474 for Pomona-Pitzer this year.

It won’t be easy for Pomona College’s Simon Rosenbaum to improve on his sophomore season; the Los Altos Hills native posted the second-highest batting average among NCAA Division III baseball players this year.

Yet that doesn’t mean Rosenbaum, who graduated from Los Altos High in 2012, isn’t trying to improve. He’s been playing baseball almost every day since the school year ended.

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Junior All-Stars eliminated from Section 5 tourney


Courtesy of Bobby Glasspole
The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Junior All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in the Section 5 Tournament in San Jose after winning the District 44 championship. Front, from left: Case Herbert, Bo Fick, Chris Gile, Rory Mellis, Ryan Baum and Matt May. Back: Coach Sam Stewart, manager Bobby Glasspole, Brandon Fan, George Fisher, Nick Juran, Austin Townsend, Cobi Dougherty, Keenan Hanley and coach Robby Garrison.

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Junior All-Stars saw their playoff run come to a close at the Section 5 Tournament in San Jose.

Branham Hills (San Jose) eliminated the local team of 13- and 14-year-olds July 15.

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Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High


Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at the school with 18 years of coaching experience. “It was a vote of confidence that they didn’t open (the job) up immediately.”

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Braves edge A's for title in Mustang 2 division


Courtesy of Tom Wagenbrenner
The Braves won the Mustang 2 playoffs, edging the A’s in the final. The Braves, front, from left: Nik Khuntia, Nicky Morris, Matthew Wagenbrenner and Ian Shiu. Middle: Andrew Reilly, Gannon Munro, Romin Vasishta, Joel Arcune, Armaan Hedayati, Troy Kelsch, Nate Heppberger and Quinton Mastropietro. Back: Coaches James Reilly, David Morris, Randy Arcune and Tom Kelsch. The A’s, front: Bobby Wang, Austin Wang, Emmanuel Leblond, Tyler Heyl and Ryan Dissanayake. Middle: Nico Andrighetto, Tye Wilfong, John Bowers, Richard Colgrove, Adam Dailey and Tom Harpaz. Back: Coaches Mark Heyl, Pete Dailey and Domenic Andrighetto. Not pictured: Blake Johnson.

The Braves, a Mustang 2 division (ages 9-10) team from Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball, recently completed a perfect five-game playoff run by defeating the Athletics 8-7 in the final.

Both teams entered the game with 4-0 records after rolling through their respective playoff brackets. The six-inning final featured five lead changes.

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Douglas does it


Chris Bradford/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High pitcher Casey Douglas, a Los Altos resident, recently committed to the University of Kansas.

Casey Douglas didn’t get a lot of opportunities to pitch this year, but he took advantage of just about every start for the St. Francis High baseball team.

In six starts, the senior posted a 5-0 record with a 0.47 ERA.

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