Los Altos softball team off to a running start

Alexis Musick
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Los Altos High freshman Alexis Musick throws the ball from the outfield last week. She has the team’s best batting average.

The Los Altos High softball team might just steal its way to a league championship this year.

Thirteen games into the season, the Eagles have stolen 74 bases in 81 attempts.

If Spartans can increase run production, coach expects them to compete for title


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Mountain View’s Eva Karolczak heads to first base last week against Santa Clara.

Although he was taking over a talented Mountain View High softball team that won its league last season, head coach Xavier Cook had concerns about what the Spartans didn’t do a year ago – score a lot of runs.

“The biggest thing is that we have to hit the ball with people on base,” said Cook, transitioning from his second season as Mountain View’s girls basketball coach. “I feel we are a playoff team if we hit well. We can’t be shut out of games – that’s what hurt them last year.”

MV girls basketball coach Cook takes over softball program, too


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Xavier Cook, coaching the Mountain View High girls basketball team last winter, was recently hired to coach the softball team.

When Xavier Cook was offered the job of varsity softball coach at Mountain View High, he didn’t accept right away. Cook had to check with his family first.

After all, he already has a full-time job handling campus security at Los Gatos High and coaches Mountain View’s varsity girls basketball team.

SF's late rally not enough against Mitty in softball final

Despite being down 9-0 at the start of the sixth inning of the Central Coast Section Open Division final, the St. Francis High softball team showed it wasn’t ready to give up.

The Lancers put up five runs in the sixth and loaded the bases with one away in the seventh before Mitty pitcher Savanna Smith shut them down. She retired the next two batters, preserving a 9-5 win for the Monarchs May 27 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.


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