Eagles soar into semis

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Los Altos High’s Alex Reelfs earned the win in Saturday’s CCS Division I quarterfinal game against rival Mountain View.

With Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I baseball quarterfinal game tied at 2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Los Altos High made a pitching change that may have sealed rival Mountain View’s fate.

Coach Gabe Stewart replaced starter Max Higareda with ace Alex Reelfs, who kept the second-seeded Spartans in check the rest of the way in a game the No. 7 Eagles won 4-2 at Fremont High.

Spartans sunk by Palo Alto in league finals

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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.

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.

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