Eagles end with a win

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Los Altos High’s Matt Leong, above, slides safely into home plate last week against Leland.

It’s too soon to tell if the Los Altos High baseball team will play another game this year. But if public concern about coronavirus does wipe out the rest of the season, the Eagles can at least take some solace in knowing they ended on a winning streak.

In its final game before school closed, host Los Altos routed Leland 12-4 Thursday for its fourth win in a row.

“It is disappointing (because) we are playing so well and we want to keep the momentum going,” Eagles coach Gabe Stewart said, “but as everyone understands, there are larger factors and more important concerns to be considered. Hopefully there will be more games in the future but certainly not at the cost of safety and the common concern.”

The Eagles (5-1 overall) scored twice in the first inning and went up 9-0 in the second, during which the Chargers pulled starting pitcher Calvin Hsiao. Brennan Hanley smacked a bases-loaded double to start the scoring in the second. After an out, Connor Altinger hit a two-out single to score Aaron Parker and Hanley to make it 6-0. Matt Leong then doubled on a 2-2 pitch, knocking in Altinger. An error led Los Altos’ final two runs of the frame.

The lead ballooned to 11-0 in the third after Brock Susko singled and Parker brought him home with a two-run shot over the leftfield fence.

Leland (4-4) scored a single run in the fourth, but the Eagles got it back in the fifth. After a scoreless sixth, the Chargers put up three runs in the seventh.

Los Altos starter Colby Cook was out of the game by then. He pitched five innings – allowing one run and three hits – to earn the win. Cook (2-1) struck out four batters.

The junior also contributed at the plate, notching two hits. Parker, Altinger and Leong recorded a pair of hits as well, with Altinger and Leong driving in three runs apiece.

Stewart called the game “a great win against a great program such as Leland that we at Los Altos respect so much. Our players are doing a great job.”

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