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.
Coming off a 6-5 victory over Milpitas, Los Altos fell 14-1 to Branham Hills – the same team that defeated Los Altos in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.
Los Altos manager Bobby Glasspole said the ball didn’t bounce his team’s way in the season-ending loss.
“We were hitting the ball solid, but the baseballs were not finding (holes) – only finding gloves,” Glasspole said. “We ended up losing 14-1 to a team we knew we were better than.”
According to Glasspole, Los Altos made several errors in the early innings of the contest, which enabled Branham Hills to open up a large lead.
Despite Los Altos’ exit from the sectional tournament, Glasspole said he was pleased with what his all-stars accomplished this year. The team won the District 44 title by defeating Sunnyvale National twice in three games. Glasspole was especially proud of the way his squad handled the talented team from Sunnyvale.
“Sunnyvale National breezed through the regular season and playoffs,” Glasspole said. “All of our kids were excited to play that same team in all-stars because we knew we could play with them, and knew we could beat them – and we did – which was probably the highlight of this postseason run.”
The young Los Altos squad – comprising 10 13-year-olds and four 14-year-olds – had never played together before all-stars, according to Glasspole, but succeeded due to contributions from every team member and the ability to stay loose.
“The reason why the team was so special was because the kids were having a lot of fun,” Glasspole said.
Although Los Altos will lose standout hitters like Bo Fick – whom Glasspole called “the best 14-year-old I have seen play in the Juniors division this season” – the slew of 13-year-olds will be back next year with valuable experience under their belts.
“I am very proud of all of our 13-year-olds,” the coach said. “It was their first year playing Juniors, and they showed they can play with the big boys hitting, pitching and fielding wise.”