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Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High


Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at the school with 18 years of coaching experience. “It was a vote of confidence that they didn’t open (the job) up immediately.”

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Braves edge A's for title in Mustang 2 division


Courtesy of Tom Wagenbrenner
The Braves won the Mustang 2 playoffs, edging the A’s in the final. The Braves, front, from left: Nik Khuntia, Nicky Morris, Matthew Wagenbrenner and Ian Shiu. Middle: Andrew Reilly, Gannon Munro, Romin Vasishta, Joel Arcune, Armaan Hedayati, Troy Kelsch, Nate Heppberger and Quinton Mastropietro. Back: Coaches James Reilly, David Morris, Randy Arcune and Tom Kelsch. The A’s, front: Bobby Wang, Austin Wang, Emmanuel Leblond, Tyler Heyl and Ryan Dissanayake. Middle: Nico Andrighetto, Tye Wilfong, John Bowers, Richard Colgrove, Adam Dailey and Tom Harpaz. Back: Coaches Mark Heyl, Pete Dailey and Domenic Andrighetto. Not pictured: Blake Johnson.

The Braves, a Mustang 2 division (ages 9-10) team from Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball, recently completed a perfect five-game playoff run by defeating the Athletics 8-7 in the final.

Both teams entered the game with 4-0 records after rolling through their respective playoff brackets. The six-inning final featured five lead changes.

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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


Town Crier file photo
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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