Los Altos High softball pitcher Shelby White came one out away from throwing a perfect game Saturday.
Milpitas catcher Linh Le ended White’s pursuit of perfection by slugging a home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. White recovered by retiring the next batter to ensure her team’s 2-1 victory.
“Shelby was masterful against Milpitas,” Eagles coach Robert Herrera said.
The senior struck out the first nine batters she faced and 14 in all. White – who helped her cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate and driving in a run – improved to 4-1 with an 0.86 ERA.
“Shelby has carried our staff all season and is a huge reason we are currently in first place,” Herrera said.
The 8-1 Eagles entered this week tied for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with Los Gatos, which they are slated to host 4 p.m. Thursday.
In other softball action, Sydney Stewart belted two homers in host St. Francis’ 16-1 pummeling of Valley Christian May 12. Jessica Oakland also homered for the undefeated Lancers.
In a rivalry game decided in the last minute, Mountain View escaped Los Altos with a 48-47-win May 11.
The Spartans led 46-38 in the middle of the fourth quarter, only to see the Eagles go on a 9-0 run – capped by Nico D’Augusta’s 3-pointer – to pull ahead with 46 seconds left.
After a timeout, Mountain View put the ball in the hands of guard Yuval Hod at the top of the key and the senior drove to the basket for the go-ahead layin with 21 seconds remaining.
Los Altos got off two more shots – one that went in from the low block but was nullified by a traveling call and the other a 3-point attempt from the right baseline that bounced off the rim as time expired.
The Eagles held a 38-31 advantage with 2:32 left in the third quarter, but the Spartans scored the next 15 points to take control of the De Anza Division game. Joe Brown drained a pair of 3s during that run, and Hod made back-to-back drives on the way to a game-high 16 points.
Jake Skaggs led Los Altos with 14 points.
Mountain View won its next two games – both close contests against Homestead – before falling 64-60 to Santa Clara Saturday. The Spartans went to 6-1 in league and 8-3 overall.
Los Altos rebounded by pulling off a two-game sweep of Cupertino to boost its record to 3-4 in league and overall.
Los Altos’ seven-game winning streak came to an end last week, as host Lynbrook beat the Eagles twice to move into first place in the De Anza Division.
The Vikings edged Los Altos 54-51 in overtime May 11 and 47-37 Friday.
The Eagles led the first game by seven points at halftime, but host Lynbrook outscored them 26-19 in the second half and 6-3 in OT. Jamie Baum scored a season-high 29 points for Los Altos and Mone Sekiguchi added 10. Los Altos struggled shooting 3s, making just five of its 24 tries.
The Eagles held a five-point advantage at the midway point of Friday’s game, which the host Vikings overcame with a 26-11 second-half surge. Baum totaled 12 points for Los Altos and Aliyah McPherson had 10.
Pinewood pummeled Palo Alto 79-50 Saturday to raise its overall record to 8-0. Courtni Thompson and Una Jovanovic scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the visiting Panthers in the non-league game.
Earlier in the week, Pinewood shook off a slow start to rout Menlo 66-43 in West Bay Athletic League play. The visiting Panthers rallied from a 10-2 deficit, scoring 25 of the game’s next 30 points to pull away.
Jovanovic paced Pinewood with 17 points and Jade Ramirez added 11.
Los Altos won all three of its games last week to climb above .500 with a 9-7 overall record and improved to 3-5 in the De Anza Division.
The Eagles first trounced Homestead 11-1 on the road May 10, jumping to an 8-0 lead in the third. Aidan Brenner racked up five hits, three of them doubles. Colby Cook earned the win with a five-inning effort that included eight strikeouts and two walks.
Los Altos then swept Cupertino, which it outscored 31-16 over two games.
In the May 12 series opener, the host Eagles outslugged the Pioneers 17-10. Aaron Parker blasted a three-run homer in the fifth and totaled five RBIs and three hits. Brenner and John O’Sullivan both notched three hits as well, doubling twice.
In Friday’s series finale, Los Altos cruised to a 14-6 win at Cupertino. Brenner had four RBIs for the Eagles, who put up five runs in the first and three in the third. Stuart Cash drove in three runs; Nic Teng recorded three hits and two RBIs.
Mountain View dropped into second place in the De Anza after getting swept by league-leading Palo Alto last week.
The Vikings rallied to beat the Spartans 12-7 in the May 12 series opener. Mountain View scored the first seven runs, only to see Paly tie the game in the fourth and go up with a four-run sixth.
Gabe Barrett hit a homer and a triple for the Spartans and finished with four RBIs.
The Vikings routed Mountain View 10-0 Friday, leaving the Spartans with a 5-3 record in league and a 9-4 overall mark.
St. Francis bested Bellarmine 7-1 May 13 behind the bats of Johnny Tarantino and Justin Cavagnaro (three RBIs each) and the arm of Blake Rogers (one hit over six innings).
Los Altos, still seeking its first win of the season, fell 18-0 to Menlo-Atherton last week.