Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Bryan Rau pitches against Palo Alto Thursday afternoon.
Mountain View High still had hope in the last inning of Thursday’s baseball game against top seed Palo Alto, but the third-seeded Spartans’ rally came up short and the Vikings prevailed 5-3 to sweep the best-of-three series to determine the league champion.
With the bases loaded and his team down 5-2 with no outs in the seventh, Mountain View’s Grant Gambetta smashed a pitch to left field that the home fans hoped would sail over the fence. Instead, the ball fell shy of the fence and into the glove of Paly’s left fielder. Tristan Silveira tagged from third base to make it a two-run game, but that’s as close at the Spartans would get. Matthew Zepeda grounded into a double play to end the game.