The Los Altos High baseball team is on another winning streak, claiming its fourth game in a row with Saturday’s extra-inning victory at Half Moon Bay. The Eagles outlasted the Cougars 6-4 in 11 innings.
Los Altos, which opened the season with eight straight wins, improved to 12-1 overall with the non-league victory.
Ryan Baum drilled a two-out double to bring in the go-ahead run and then he scored the insurance run on Aaron Parker’s single. Zach Fuchs earned the win in relief, pitching the final seven frames. After surrendering a walk in the bottom of the 11th, he got the next two batters to line out and struck out the following batter.
Los Altos had five extra-base hits in the game, including a triple by Brock Susko. He, Baum and Parker each notched two hits for the Eagles (12-1 overall).
Earlier in the week, Los Altos swept its two-game league series against Wilcox to remain tied with Palo Alto atop the SCVAL De Anza Division at 5-1. The Eagles defeated the visiting Chargers 7-2 March 20 and edged them 4-3 the next day at Los Altos.
Los Altos “played a sloppy game defensively,” in the series opener, according to coach Gabe Stewart. The Eagles overcame four errors and they walked six batters, but their three pitchers combined for a one-hitter. Starter Connor Altinger threw four innings of no-hit ball – though he allowed nine base runners – to earn the win.
Los Altos scored its first run in the third, put up four in the fifth and two in the sixth, with the final run coming on Aaron Parker’s homer. Parker, who earlier hit a double, finished with two RBIs. Older brother Ben Parker notched an RBI double and Baum tripled.
Baum was the winning pitcher Thursday, helping his cause with a double in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 3. After Ethan Ienni came in to pinch-run for Baum, Aaron Parker drew an intentional walk and Ben Parker hit an infield single to load the bases. Wilcox’s Ryan Oliveira then made a diving catch of Conner Kendall’s foul ball, but Ienni tagged up and scored the winning run after the throw home bounced off his foot.
Juan Angulo drove in two of the Eagles’ earlier runs and Ben Parker the other.
Los Altos fell to visiting Carlmont 19-11 March 19, dropping to 0-4 for the season.
Connor Quinn led the Eagles with four goals, three assists and 19 groundballs. Baylor Hofmann and Tripp Crissman added two goals each. Goalie Brendon Fan made 11 saves.
Host Mountain View was no match for Palo Alto, which prevailed 15-4 March 19. The Spartans trailed 6-2 after one quarter and went into the fourth down 11-4.
“The experience of the Viking players proved difficult for the Spartans to match,” Mountain View coach Bill Kurz said.
Ben Kramer had a goal and two assists for the Spartans.
Mountain View then lost 4-2 at Burlingame Saturday. Both of the Spartans’ goals came in the first quarter, courtesy of Niles Lo and Lucas Tomasello, respectively. Mountain View slipped to 1-3 overall.
Mountain View opened its SCVAL El Camino Division slate with a pair of wins last week.
The Spartans topped Wilcox 231-230 March 18 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, then handled Homestead 205-240 two days later at Sunnyvale Muni. Michael Bringas and William Zhou each shot 43 to lead Mountain View versus Wilcox; Bringas posted a team-best 39 against Homestead.
The Spartans went to 3-2 overall.
Track & field
Isabella Walker won two events for the Mountain View girls in Thursday’s 77-40 home loss to Gunn. The freshman claimed the 100-meter hurdles (16.47 seconds) and the long jump (16 feet, 5 inches). The Spartans’ other wins came from Makayla Philyaw in the shot put (29-4), Aya Kitajima in the discus (91-6) and Cassie Lee in the triple jump (33-2).
The Mountain View boys fell to Gunn 88-38 at the SCVAL De Anza Division meet.
Mohnish Shankar placed first in the 300 hurdles (45.11), and Connor Raiff captured the long jump (19-10); the Spartans also prevailed in the 4x100 (46.48) and 4x400 (3:50.37) relays.