Thu12182014

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Douglas does it


Chris Bradford/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High pitcher Casey Douglas, a Los Altos resident, recently committed to the University of Kansas.

Casey Douglas didn’t get a lot of opportunities to pitch this year, but he took advantage of just about every start for the St. Francis High baseball team.

In six starts, the senior posted a 5-0 record with a 0.47 ERA.

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Oaks' future in doubt, but team makes most of present


While this summer marks Steve Espinoza’s final season running the Palo Alto Oaks, he hopes it’s not the semipro baseball team’s last year as well.

The Los Altos High graduate desperately wants the Oaks, founded in 1950, to continue without him – if that’s possible.

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Rangers salute fallen soldier before games


Courtesy of Laura Orella
The Rangers, a Majors team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League, pose with the parents of fallen solider Will Sigua at his memorial rock in Purissima Park. Before each game, the players touch the rock for inspiration and to honor Will, killed while fighting in Iraq in 2007. Front, from left: Ethan Lowe (kneeling), Jack Starkey, Brock Susko, Aidan Witte, Spencer Wood, Philip Martin, Matthew Waldbusser and Matthew Leong (crouching). Standing: Ben Sigua, Jackie Sigua, Will Schoppet, Jeffrey Taylor, Bill Witte, Brian Wood, Kyle Pena, Miles Bader, Lou Pena and Ken Leong.

When it comes to sports, it’s sometimes hard for kids to remember that winning isn’t everything.

But the Rangers – a Majors division (ages 11-12) team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League – are reminded of that before each game, thanks to a fallen soldier from Los Altos Hills whose legacy and love of baseball lives on at Purissima field.

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Coach Ecker exits Los Altos, bound for Bakersfield College


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Donnie Ecker spent two seasons as head coach of the Los Altos High baseball team.

Like so many recent graduates, Donnie Ecker is headed off to college – albeit for a slightly different reason.

Ecker last week announced his resignation as head coach of the Los Altos High baseball team – a position he held for two seasons – to take an assistant coaching position with Bakersfield College.

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Eagles catcher Wilber headed to UC Davis


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Max Wilber is headed to UC Davis as a recruited walk-on.

Max Wilber will soon make the transition from Eagle to Aggie.

The Los Altos High catcher, who graduated Friday, is headed to UC Davis as a recruited walk-on baseball player.

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Los Altos rallies late, avenges last year's playoff loss to Willow Glen


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Trevor Rogers threw two perfect innings in relief for Los Altos.

The Eagles advanced beyond the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I baseball playoffs by ending the season of a team that ended theirs a year ago.

Tenth-seeded Los Altos defeated No. 7 Willow Glen 5-4 Thursday – one year after the Rams ended the Eagles’ season with a 10-0 first-round rout in the Division II tournament.

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