Fri05272016

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All-Star ace


Minda Haas/Special to the Town Crier
Erik Johnson of Los Altos pitches for the International League in last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb.

The score might fade from Erik Johnson’s memory – all-star games are just exhibitions, after all – but it’s doubtful the Los Altos native will ever forget the experience.

With the stands filled with fans for last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb., Johnson took the mound as the International League’s starting pitcher. Only three other players in the history of the Charlotte Knights (affiliated with the Chicago White Sox) have done the same.

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Johnson named starting pitcher in today's Triple-A All-Star Game

Pitcher Erik Johnson of Los Altos has been chosen to start the Triple-A All-Star Game, scheduled today at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb.

Johnson – who plays for Chicago White Sox affiliate the Charlotte Knights – will take the mound for the International League squad. The Los Altos High graduate leads the league in strikeouts (96 as of last week), has a 7-5 record and a 2.86 ERA that ranks eighth in the IL. Johnson, 25, averages 10.21 strikeouts per nine innings, tops in the league.

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Eagles sweep Spartans


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Los Altos High’s Nate Spencley, batting, hit a double in Friday’s win over Mountain View.

When Los Altos and Mountain View met for a two-game series last week, both baseball teams were undergoing transitions.

The Eagles showed they are benefitting from the change in their lineup, while the struggling Spartans don’t look to be a quick fix for their freshly hired coach.

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From an Eagle to a Cardinal


Town Crier file photo
Donnie Ecker, who coached and played baseball at Los Altos High, has taken a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

An erstwhile Eagle will soon be a bird of a different feather.

Former Los Altos High baseball coach Donnie Ecker recently told the Town Crier he’s accepted a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball.

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MV's new baseball coach hopes to bring stability to program


Demuth

In recent years, baseball coaches at Mountain View High have been like retail employees hired for the holidays – they’re gone when the season is over.

But newly hired Dan Demuth – the Spartans’ third head coach in as many years – intends to stick around longer than that.

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PA Oaks cap season that could be their last


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Los Altos High graduate Steve Espinoza is stepping down as manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, a semipro baseball team founded in 1950.

It may be all over for the Oaks. Not just the season – the semipro baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs late last month – but for the organization as well.

Steve Espinoza, general manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, said he is stepping down after 11 years due to the challenges of securing field time and funds necessary to keep the Western Baseball Association team running.

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