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.”
Ecker noted that he intentionally scheduled several tough teams to open the season in an effort to prepare Los Altos for the challenges of competing in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.
“The team knew it was going to be tough,” Ecker said, “but we believed it was the best decision to get us ready for league.”
The plan is starting to pay off. The Eagles edged host Homestead 4-3 Friday – splitting the league-opening series with the Mustangs – and topped visiting Aptos 4-1 Saturday.
After producing just nine runs over the five losses, Los Altos’ bats are showing signs of life. Friday at Homestead, Chase Eller went 2-for-4 – belting a triple and double – and drove in a pair of runs. Max Wilber added two RBIs on sacrifice flies.
In Saturday’s non-league game against Aptos, Duke Myers hit a two-run single in the first inning and Trevor Rogers doubled in the fifth to score two more.
Starter Paul Myers earned the win. He pitched five innings, surrendering one run and striking out six. Thomas Kelleher closed the game, striking out three in two innings of work.
James Oleson started against Homestead, allowing three hits and striking out six, and Lambie Lanman finished up with a one-run, one-hit effort over the final 2.1 innings.
Ecker hopes the Eagles’ stingy pitching and clutch hitting over the last two games are indicators that they can be as good as the coach expects.
“I believe their potential is very high,” he said, “but with that comes a long list of adjustments, investment and having unchallenged work ethic.”
Los Altos is scheduled to visit Los Gatos 4 p.m. today.
2014 baseball: Los Altos High School early season - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier