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One tough day in May for local softball, baseball teams

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Los Altos High softball player Angelica Minor belted a triple in the CCS quarterfinals.

A day that began with so much hope ended in disappointment for the local softball and baseball teams that made it to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

The Los Altos and Mountain View softball squads and Los Altos and St. Francis baseball teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals May 24.

A recap of each game follows.

Softball: Wilcox outlasts Los Altos

Los Altos, the fourth seed in CCS Division I, took No. 5 Wilcox to 11 innings before falling 12-7 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

“As a coach, all you can ask for from each player is to give her best effort and compete,” said coach Tom Barrera, who led the Eagles to a 20-8 record and their first Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title since the 1990s. “Well, they gave our coaching staff more than we could have hoped for. They gave us a memorable season for which we are proud.”

Los Altos, which cruised to a 7-2 win over Lincoln in the opening round of the playoffs, rallied from a 5-2 deficit against Wilcox by scoring four runs in the sixth. But the Chargers (22-7 overall) evened the score in the seventh to force extra innings.

After three scoreless frames, Wilcox exploded for six runs off Lizzy Beutter, whose complete-game effort included seven strikeouts. Los Altos mustered just one run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Angelica Minor led the Eagles at the plate. She finished with two hits, including a triple, an RBI and scored twice.

Softball: Leland rallies to beat Mtn. View

Mountain View, seeded seventh in Division I, nearly knocked off No. 2 Leland, which eked out a 3-1 victory at PAL Stadium.

The Spartans led 1-0 until the sixth, when the Chargers’ Lexi Belligan hit a bases-loaded triple with two outs off starting pitcher Reanna Lancaster.

Mountain View (16-10) couldn’t get anything going against Leland (22-4) and standout pitcher Holly Geranen.

The Spartans’ lone run came on freshman Emma Bice’s triple, which scored Lucy Cheskin in the fourth.

“I am very pleased with how the team performed during the CCS game,” Mountain View coach Dave Cambpbell said. “I anticipate that won’t be our last trip to PAL Stadium, and hope to return next season as a higher seed.”

The Spartans advanced to the quarters with a dramatic 5-4 win over Salinas in nine innings. Nicole Nakahama ripped a walk-off triple, scoring Jackie Olivares.

Baseball: Westmont whips Los Altos

Although 10th-seeded Los Altos faced a daunting foe in the Division I quarters, No. 2 Westmont, the Eagles did beat the Warriors two months earlier. This time, however, Westmont won in dominant fashion, 9-0.

Los Altos (17-16) mustered just three hits against the Warriors (22-9) at Washington Park in Santa Clara. Westmont jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first frame and built an 8-0 advantage by the end of the third.

James Oleson took the loss for Los Altos. The Eagles put together back-to-back singles in the sixth – courtesy of Patrick McColl and Duke Myers – but couldn’t manufacture a run against the Warriors’ Willie McMullen, who tossed a 75-pitch complete game.

Two days earlier, Los Altos clipped defending champ Willow Glen, the seventh seed, 5-4 in the first round.

Baseball: Bells blank Lancers

St. Francis, the third seed in the CCS Open Division, found out the hard way how difficult it can be to beat a team four times in a season – particularly a league rival.

The 11th-seeded Bells edged the Lancers 2-0 at Washington Park behind Corby Punian’s no-hitter.

Defending CCS Division I champ St. Francis beat the Bells three times in West Catholic Athletic League play this season, outscoring them 23-9.

St. Francis, which needed extra innings to get past No. 14 San Lorenzo Valley in the opening round of CCS, finished 26-5 overall.

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