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.”

One 'Huck' of a hurler

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Pinewood’s Jackson “Huck” Haun struck out 16 batters in a recent win over Westmoor.

Pinewood School pitcher Jackson “Huck” Haun’s recent 16-strikeout effort is impressive on its own but even more so when considering his baseball background.

The junior didn’t start out in T-ball at age 5; he had little experience playing organized baseball before his freshman year, when his family moved to Los Altos. That’s because Haun grew up in Morocco, Lithuania and Costa Rica – not exactly hotbeds for America’s pastime.

LA's Reelfs opens season with no-hitter

Los Altos High pitcher Alex Reelfs’ first start of the baseball season was almost perfect. The junior pitched a no-hitter in the Eagles’ 4-0 home win over Gunn to open the season Feb. 21.

Reelfs threw only 92 pitches and struck out 13 batters. The two Titans who reached base – one via a walk and the other after being hit by a pitch – didn’t get beyond first.

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