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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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All-Star ace


Minda Haas/Special to the Town Crier
Erik Johnson of Los Altos pitches for the International League in last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb.

The score might fade from Erik Johnson’s memory – all-star games are just exhibitions, after all – but it’s doubtful the Los Altos native will ever forget the experience.

With the stands filled with fans for last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb., Johnson took the mound as the International League’s starting pitcher. Only three other players in the history of the Charlotte Knights (affiliated with the Chicago White Sox) have done the same.

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Johnson named starting pitcher in today's Triple-A All-Star Game

Pitcher Erik Johnson of Los Altos has been chosen to start the Triple-A All-Star Game, scheduled today at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb.

Johnson – who plays for Chicago White Sox affiliate the Charlotte Knights – will take the mound for the International League squad. The Los Altos High graduate leads the league in strikeouts (96 as of last week), has a 7-5 record and a 2.86 ERA that ranks eighth in the IL. Johnson, 25, averages 10.21 strikeouts per nine innings, tops in the league.

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Eagles sweep Spartans


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Nate Spencley, batting, hit a double in Friday’s win over Mountain View.

When Los Altos and Mountain View met for a two-game series last week, both baseball teams were undergoing transitions.

The Eagles showed they are benefitting from the change in their lineup, while the struggling Spartans don’t look to be a quick fix for their freshly hired coach.

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From an Eagle to a Cardinal


Town Crier file photo
Donnie Ecker, who coached and played baseball at Los Altos High, has taken a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

An erstwhile Eagle will soon be a bird of a different feather.

Former Los Altos High baseball coach Donnie Ecker recently told the Town Crier he’s accepted a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball.

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MV's new baseball coach hopes to bring stability to program


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In recent years, baseball coaches at Mountain View High have been like retail employees hired for the holidays – they’re gone when the season is over.

But newly hired Dan Demuth – the Spartans’ third head coach in as many years – intends to stick around longer than that.

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