A pitchers’ duel between Los Altos High ace Alex Reelfs and Los Gatos’ undefeated Ryan Wilcox came down to the last two innings of Friday’s baseball game. Tied at 1 after the fifth, the Wildcats pulled ahead in the sixth on the way to a 5-2 win over the host Eagles.
“I think the result stinks,” said Los Altos head coach Gabriel Stewart, whose team lost both games against Los Gatos last week and dropped into fourth place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division at 4-4. “It was a good baseball game. We just ended up on the wrong end of it.”
After five strong innings, Reelfs faced a bases-loaded situation in the sixth. Thomas Moore’s two-out single scored Tommy Troy and Tyler Williams, putting the Wildcats ahead 3-1. Reelfs got out of the jam when the next batter, Troy Gilmore, flied out.
The Eagles got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame – also with two away. Reelfs hit a grounder to second base that went through Troy’s legs, scoring pinch runner Dylan Cho from second base. Colin Homan then flied out, stranding two runners on base.
Both of Los Altos’ runs Friday came on errors. Senior Wilcox allowed the Eagles just one hit (courtesy of Ryan Buchner), struck out five and walked only one.
“Like always, we need to start hitting more,” junior Reelfs said. “Some things just didn’t go our way. With pitching it’s tough (because) there’s that one pitch that can change the course of the game.”
Simon Heck relieved Reelfs in the seventh. Jack Miller hit a lead-off single for the Wildcats (6-2 league) and Jared Mazzaferro bunted, safely reaching first on a throwing error that brought home pinch runner Luke Short.
Another error after a ground out enabled Mazzaferro to score for third, pushing Los Gatos’ lead to 5-2.
“We didn’t make plays, so they got an extra couple of runs,” Stewart said. “Obviously for most of the game it was a very tight battle. One inning doesn’t really change the effort that we gave. I thought we gave a really, really good effort. The reality is if you don’t make plays when you need to make them, you lose games.”
Los Altos rebounded Saturday, edging Pioneer 6-5 in non-league play.
Tied going into the seventh, the host Eagles loaded the bases (Ben Parker doubled; Reelfs and Keenan Hanley were intentionally walked) and Matt Truscott was hit by a pitch to force home Parker for the win.
Los Altos (11-6-1 overall) is scheduled to face rival Mountain View (4-3 league, 12-4-1 overall) in a two-game series this week: 4 p.m. today at home and 4 p.m. Friday at Mountain View.
The Spartans split a two-game series with Wilcox last week – losing 5-0 March 29 and winning 8-0 Friday – before beating Santa Teresa 9-6 Saturday at home in non-league action.