Alex Reelfs did it again. The junior pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the Los Altos High baseball team blanked Branham 6-0 Saturday in non-league play.
Unlike his first no-hitter – a 13-strikeout performance to open the season – “Reelfs relied on his defense, only striking out four and recording 15 of the remaining outs via the ground ball,” coach Gabe Stewart said.
Reelfs, who improved to 5-2, walked just one batter and threw 97 pitches in the home game.
He also drove in what proved to be the winning run, belting a double to score Aidan Kelleher in the first inning. Max Higareda slugged a home run in the second to double the Eagles’ lead. Ryan Buchner’s two-run single in the fourth scored Higareda and Colin Homan, and Simon Heck added a two-run homer in the sixth.
Los Altos (12-7-1 overall) returns to Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division action this week, scheduled to visit Homestead 4 p.m. today and host the Mustangs at the same time Friday.
Pinewood’s Jackson Haun nearly threw a no-hitter last week. He allowed one hit in the Panthers’ 5-0 win at North Valley Baptist April 11.
The junior struck out 15 batters – one shy of the school record he set last month – and helped his cause at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Chris Burton scored two runs for Pinewood, which leads the Private Schools Athletic League South Division at 3-0 and is 6-2 overall.
“I believe that we have a good shot at winning league and advancing to CCS,” coach Casey Rowe said.
St. Francis posted a team score of 142.700 to win last week’s meet against Half Moon Bay and Mercy at Gymtowne in South San Francisco.
Hannah Leis led the Lancers with an all-around score of 36.650, good enough for second place April 12. The junior’s overall score included a 9.400 on the uneven bars and a pair of 9.300s on the balance beam and floor exercise.
Teammate Sophia Smith placed third, scoring 36.550 all-around. The senior earned a 9.7600 on floor.
St. Francis’ Haley Barnett, a freshman, finished fifth all-around with a 34.500.