Mtn. View splits baseball series with Los Altos

The Mountain View High baseball team avoided a series sweep by league rival Los Altos Friday when Dwight Washington singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth for a 6-5 home win.

Washington’s two-strike, two-out single came two days after the Eagles rallied in eight innings for a 7-6 home win over the Spartans (4-8 league, 8-12 overall).


Reeling Panthers look to get rolling again

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Pinewood School senior Kevin Tracy pitches in a game against Westmoor, the first of two losses by the Panthers last week.

Pinewood School baseball coach Chad Morin knows exactly what his team must do in the second half of the league season to contend for the title.

“We have to hit – bottom line,” he said, “and we can’t give away runs.”


Swept by Paly, Eagles search for answers

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Paul Myers drove in the second run for Los Altos in Friday’s 8-2 loss to Palo Alto.

The Los Altos High baseball team fell to sixth place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with Friday’s 8-2 home loss to Palo Alto.

The Eagles – who dropped a 7-3 game at Paly two days earlier – slumped to 1-5 in league and 3-9 overall. The Vikings improved to 4-2 in league and 6-6 overall.


St. Francis squeaks by Serra in extra innings

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St. Francis High shortstop Conor Thane comes up with the catch on a line-drive shot up the middle by visiting Serra Friday.

Pinch hitter Erik Benedetti’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the St. Francis High baseball team to a 1-0 win over visiting Serra Friday.

The Lancers, bouncing back from a loss to St. Ignatius in their West Catholic Athletic League opener three days earlier, improved to 6-1 overall. Serra slumped to 0-3 in league and 5-5 overall.


Eagles end 5-game skid, beat Homestead, Aptos

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Los Altos High’s Chase Eller, swinging, went 2-for-4 in Friday’s win over Homestead.

Although head coach Donnie Ecker didn’t panic after his Los Altos High baseball team started 0-5, he’s feeling better now that the Eagles have won two games in a row.

“We do have the talent to get this moving in the right direction,” he said. “It’s really just a matter of us simplifying what we’re trying to do in all phases, and getting comfortable with each other.”


LA baseball preps for season with Blue-White Series game

The Los Altos High baseball team recently kicked off the 2014 season with an event head coach Donnie Ecker hopes will become an annual classic.

Approximately 125 spectators attended the inaugural Blue-White Series, a preseason tuneup held Feb. 15 at the school. The game pitted two teams – each comprising a mix of Los Altos varsity and frosh-soph players – in a nine-inning game.


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