Pinewood claims first league title in baseball with win over Summit

Pinewood School’s first league championship in baseball didn’t come easy. The Panthers fell behind early but rallied late to beat Summit Prep 6-3 Thursday to claim the Private School Athletic League title.

“The game was exactly what you hope a championship game will be like,” Pinewood coach Casey Rowe said. “(There was) great action all game long and two competitive teams going at it.”

Pinewood gets More: Host Panthers avenge earlier loss to Knights

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Pinewood pitcher Jackson “Huck” Haun threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Thursday’s win over Thomas More.

Two days after suffering its first league loss of the season, the Pinewood School baseball team got even with Thomas More High – and pulled even with the Knights in the standings.

The host Panthers prevailed 4-1 Thursday, avenging a 16-7 loss to More April 25 in San Jose that dropped them out of first place in the Private School Athletic League South Division.

Unsettled outcome

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Mountain View’s Tommy Cruz smiles after being ruled safe at second base, to the displeasure of Los Altos’ Taylor Musick.

First came the run, then came the rain in Thursday’s extra-inning baseball game between rival high schools Los Altos and Mountain View. The teams played to a scoreless tie until the top of the ninth inning, when the Eagles’ Ben Parker drove home Max Higareda.

Then the drizzle turned into steady rain, and the umpires called the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game before the host Spartans could get their chance at bat. The game may or may not be continued later in the season, according to Mountain View coach Kris Mims, who added that it would likely go down as a tie unless the result would impact the league standings.

Eagles fall to 4th place

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Ryan Buchner notched Los Altos’ lone hit in Friday’s loss.

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.”

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