Underdog Los Altos overwhelmed by top seed Westmont in CCS final

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Ryan Buchner produced one of the Eagles’ five hits, a double, against Westmont.

Los Altos High baseball coach Gabe Stewart described Westmont as “a beast in the playoffs” – one that the Eagles couldn’t tame in the Central Coast Section Division I final.

The top-seeded Warriors walloped Los Altos 8-1 in the May 27 title game at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Eagles outlast Chargers in semis

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Max Higareda played an integral role in Los Altos High’s CCS semifinal win over Wilcox Thursday. He had three hits and scored two runs – including the game-winner in the eighth.

It took the Los Altos High baseball team eight innings and some heroics from one of its quietest batters of the day to defeat Wilcox 4-3 in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals Thursday at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Ryan Baum – 0-for-3 before his final at-bat – saved his best for last, hitting a walk-off single to score Max Higareda and send the seventh-seeded Eagles to Saturday’s championship game against No. 1 Westmont (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

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.

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