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Lancers defend Open Div. title; Menlo wins DII baseball crown

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Jeremy Ydens pitched a complete game in St. Francis’ CCS final win over San Benito.


For the St. Francis High baseball team, Central Coast Section titles are becoming almost as routine as catching pop flies.

The Lancers last month captured their second straight CCS Open Division championship and third section crown in four years with a 1-0 win over San Benito.

SF baseball team clips Carlmont in CCS semifinal

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St. Francis High’s Giuseppe Benedetti pitched a complete game to earn the win in last week’s CCS semifinal game.

The Central Coast Section Open Division baseball playoffs haven’t lacked for upsets, with five in the first two rounds. St. Francis High reached Saturday’s title game without falling victim to a lower-seeded team, but it wasn’t easy.

The fifth-seeded Lancers edged No. 9 Carlmont 3-2 in the semifinals May 25 at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

MV goes from worst to first in baseball

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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.

Gunn High pitcher from LA Hills throws perfect game against Mills

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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.”

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.

Eagles split series with Palo Alto

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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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