Plucky Eagles get back to CCS final

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Los Altos High’s Colin Homan watches the ball he hit sail into the outfield during last week’s Central Coast Section Division I semifinal game at Washington Park. The senior drove in half of the Eagles’ runs in the 10-0 rout of Piedmont Hills.

During the regular season, it was almost impossible for the Los Altos High baseball team to forget how last season ended.

“The score from last year was posted in the dugout every day,” said co-captain Colin Homan, referring to the Eagles’ 8-1 loss to Westmont in the Central Coast Section Division I final. “We weren’t happy with the end result last year, and we’ve been looking for redemption.”

With dramatic win, Pinewood makes baseball playoffs; LA, MV & SF also in

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Pinewood’s Bo Fick keeps his eyes on the ball in a recent game. The senior drove in the winning run last week, sending the Panthers to the playoffs.

The Pinewood School baseball team’s seventh-inning rally Thursday resulted in a 4-3 win over Thomas More and a return trip to the playoffs.

The Panthers and Knights finished the regular season as co-champs of the Private School Athletic League South Division at 9-1, setting up last week’s showdown for the division’s lone automatic playoff berth.

Down 3-0 entering the seventh, visiting Pinewood scored four runs to take the lead.

“We hit the ball well all day,” Panthers coach Casey Rowe said, “and I kind of expected that once we got a run, they would come in bunches.”

Connor Riches walked to open the seventh, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a ground out. Another grounder enabled him to score Pinewood’s first run. With two away, Liam Smith walked and soon scored on Eric Burton’s triple to the fence. An infield error brought Burton home, tying the game. The Knights intentionally walked Jackson Haun, who later scored from second on Bo Fick’s infield single to put the Panthers ahead. Colton Budge, who pitched the final three innings in relief of Haun, set down More in order in the bottom of the frame. “He pitched great,” Rowe said.

No. 8 Pinewood (12-3) is set to meet No. 1 St. Francis-Watsonville (18-7) in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division III quarterfinals.

Eagles nab at-large berth

Los Altos’ 3-1 loss at Wilcox in the first round of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division tournament May 8 cost the Eagles an automatic playoff berth, but they still landed a spot in CCS Division I.

Eagles get even with Chargers, rout them 12-6

Runs were hard to come by when the Los Altos High baseball team faced Wilcox earlier in the week, but the Eagles scored early and often in Friday’s rematch.

Two days after dropping a 2-1 decision at Wilcox, the host Eagles prevailed 12-6 in what coach Gabe Stewart described as “a rollicking back-and-forth slugfest.”

Panthers looking to repeat feat

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Pinewood School’s Jackson Haun throws a pitch Thursday.

The Pinewood School baseball team made history last year by winning a league title and qualifying for the playoffs – both firsts for the program. With all but two players returning, the Panthers expect to at least match that success this season.

“Our goal is to definitely win league,” said senior Jackson Haun, whose team is off to a 3-0 start in the Private School Athletic League South Division. “We want to repeat and go as far as possible in CCS.”

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