LA baseball team wins both games; MV girls soccer squad slips by Paly

The Los Altos High baseball team put up 40 runs last week – and it only took the Eagles two games to do it.

Los Altos followed Friday’s 31-1 lashing of Saratoga with a 9-8 win over Carlmont Saturday in another non-league game.

Cole Rafferty, Aaron Parker and John O’Sullivan all homered against visiting Saratoga, and 12 Eagles got at least one hit in the contest. Los Altos (3-2 overall) led 14-0 after the second inning.

Saturday’s home win wasn’t decided until the final at-bat. With the bases loaded, Aidan Brenner drew a walk-off walk. Brenner also had two doubles in the game, as did Colby Cook.

Girls volleyball

The cancellation of last week’s Los Altos-Mountain View match shortened an already abbreviated season for the two rivals.

Mountain View coach Dave Winn said Friday’s finale was canceled because several players and coaches on both teams already had plans to be in Reno last weekend for a club tournament.

“We tried to reschedule it to (the previous) weekend, but there were other conflicts as well,” Winn said of the league match his school was supposed to host. “(It’s) unfortunate, but at least we got one good match with them.”

When the teams met April 9 at Los Altos, the Eagles eked out a five-set win. Los Altos dropped four of its next five matches to finish fourth in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division at 6-4. Mountain View, which had a total of four matches canceled, placed fifth at 4-4.

The Spartans added a non-league match against Wilcox April 21, sweeping the Chargers to finish 5-4 overall.

“I feel as tired now after five weeks as I normally do after a 13-week season,” Winn said. “So many challenges and curve balls thrown at us, but it was worth all the effort to give the players a taste of normalcy and to allow the seniors one last chance to play with their squads and put on the jerseys.”

Girls soccer

Hailey Westcott’s last-minute goal, assisted by fellow freshman Kate Grannis, enabled Mountain View to edge host Palo Alto Thursday. Grannis also assisted on the Spartans’ first goal, scored by Isabella Walker.

Walker also scored in Friday’s finale, a 4-0 home rout of Santa Clara, and had two assists. Freyja Arnarsdottir, Abby Wescott and Julia Webster also made goals.

Mountain View went 8-2-2 in the De Anza Division (second).

Boys tennis

Mountain View split its two matches last week, rebounding from a 4-3 loss to Santa Clara by sweeping Milpitas 7-0. Conner Blalack won both days and “has been performing well for the team,” coach Frank Smyth said.


Mountain View kicked off its season with an 11-6 win at Milpitas April 19. The Spartans’ wins came from 120-pounder Thomas Copeland (on a 41-second pin) and 145-pounder Tai Nguyen (via technical fall in 3:40).

Nguyen and 126-pounder Rohan Kumar earned the team’s only wins in Saturday’s 42-11 loss at Gunn.

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