Cardinals rally to defeat Pirates

Michael Oberhart/Special to the Town Crier
The Cardinals are the AAA Minors champions. Pictured, from left: Coaches Wilfred Lam, Ishaan and Tushar Chandra, head coach Bill Halpin, Logan Chatwin, Amar Chandra, Alex Halpin, Theo Barbou-des-Places, Tre Viguerie, Michael Manche, William Fligor, Warren Lam, Chase Kokernak, Christopher Klinker, Philip Oberhart, Ben Samek and coaches David Fligor and Ted Kokernak.

The spring campaign of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League AAA Minors concluded with a pair of games between the winners bracket finalist Pirates and the survivors bracket finalist Cardinals.

Ultimately, the Cardinals needed two games to win a feisty battle for the division championship against the Pirates, with both games featuring staff aces pitching to formidable hitting lineups. The Cardinals prevailed 10-8 and 10-2 last week.

Nationals repeat as Majors champs

Courtesy of Keith Higgins
The Nationals are the Majors champions for the second year in a row. Back row, from left: Coaches Andrew Bose, Byungwook Kim, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Mike Malcolm. Front: Mike Malcolm, William Nolte, Andy Higgins, Wyatt Bose, Shinmu Jiang, Jack Fu, Wes Carballer, Landon Kim, Dylan Gilliard, Matthew Woods and Channing Hautop.

The Nationals of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League last week repeated as Majors champions, beating the Yankees 10-0. That was the same score as last year’s title game, which also ended in four innings on the mercy rule.

Another similarity: Andy Higgins again pitched the Nats to victory June 5. He threw four perfect innings, striking out four.

LA stuns Bellarmine in CCS Div. I final

Courtesy of Gabe Stewart
Los Altos High captains Keenan Hanley, from left, Colin Homan and Alex Reelfs proudly pose with the CCS title trophy their team won May 25 by beating Bellarmine in the Division I final.

Although the Los Altos High baseball team faced the heavily favored top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I final, Bellarmine didn’t intimidate the 11th-seeded Eagles. After all, they knocked off three higher-seeded teams to get here.

“The team knew (that) Bellarmine was ranked and what their record was going into the game,” senior Simon Heck said. “If anything, this motivated us even more – kind of like a David-versus-Goliath thing. We made sure to come in with the same intensity that we had come with in the previous games.”

SF upends top seed in CCS Div. II final

St. Francis High baseball coach Matt Maguire said his team reached the Central Coast Section Division II title game on the strength of its pitching and defense. The Lancers’ defense faltered in the final, but their pitching came through in an 8-3 win over Soledad May 26 at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

“We made a couple of errors in the fourth that led to three runs,” said Maguire, whose squad held a precarious 4-3 lead after those miscues. “Then Ryan Jeffries steadied the ship and got a couple of big strikeouts. He put the team on his back for a couple of minutes when things got a little crazy. His poise really helped us.”

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