A week off from SCVAL De Anza Division action didn’t mean a week off for the Los Altos High baseball team. The Eagles stayed plenty busy by playing four non-league games in five days last week.
Los Altos won the first three to stretch its winning streak to 13 games, but Leland topped the tired Eagles 4-2 Friday.
“Fatigue is not an excuse, but it appeared to be a factor – especially mentally at the plate,” Los Altos head coach Gabe Stewart said. “Several of our at-bats and our general approach against their pitchers could have been better. Leland played a great game and deserved the victory. Hopefully this will be a springboard to keep working hard in practice and to take nothing for granted.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the visiting Eagles (21-2 overall) cut their deficit in half on Juan Angulo’s third-inning homer. The Chargers (14-5-2) scored twice in the sixth and Los Altos added a run in the seventh on Aidan Brenner’s home run.
Ryan Baum (7-2) took the loss; he struck out four batters over five innings of work.
The Eagles opened the week by squeaking by visiting Willow Glen 6-5 April 22. Los Altos entered the fifth inning up 5-2, but the Rams rallied to tie the game by the sixth. The Eagles loaded the bases in the seventh – Angulo ripped a leadoff double and Willow Glen walked brothers Ben and Aaron Parker – and Zach Fuchs hit a line drive that brought home the winning run.
The next day, Los Altos beat Branham 10-7 on the road behind a big day from the Parker brothers. Aaron Parker notched four hits – highlighted by a three-run homer in the first – and drove in four runs. Ben Parker had three hits, including a triple, and finished with three RBIs.
Stewart said Angulo “was the feel-good story of the game.” Pitching in his first varsity game, he threw 5 1/3 innings in relief to earn the win.
Host Los Altos toppled Milpitas 8-4 April 24 behind the hot bat of Ben Parker. The senior drilled a two-run homer in the sixth and also singled in the contest. Brenner added a triple that scored two runners in the sixth, in which the Eagles scored six runs to pull away. Winning pitcher Brock Susko threw a complete game, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by inducing a ground ball for the final out.
Los Altos returns to league play this week; the first-place Eagles are slated to visit Palo Alto 4 p.m. today and host the Vikings at the same time Friday to cap the regular season. A sweep guarantees Los Altos the division title.
Spartans beat Bells in tourney
Mountain View went 2-1 at last week’s Bellarmine Easter Classic, opening it with a 3-1 win over the host team April 23.
“We made zero errors, had seven hits and played really well,” Spartans head coach Kris Mims said of his team’s victory.
James Hoyt pitched 3 1/3 innings, striking out five, to earn the victory; Gabe Barrett recorded the save with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Aran Cox went 3-for-3, scoring two runs and stealing a base.
The Spartans defeated Homestead two days later for their seventh straight victory. Cox had two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Starter Andrew Bice pitched three innings for the win.
Mountain View lost 4-3 to St. Ignatius Friday, snapping the Spartans’ seven-game winning streak.