The Los Altos High softball team hadn’t forgotten its season-opening loss to rival Mountain View – the lone blemish on the Eagles’ record – and ace Shelby White wasn’t going to let an AP test prevent her from pitching in the rematch.
Arriving 10 minutes before Thursday’s game because of the exam, according to coach Robert Herrera, White played a pivotal role at the plate and on the mound in Los Altos’ 5-3 road win.
Batting fourth in the first frame, the senior hit the first pitch she saw for a two-out single that scored Lauren Han, who had just tripled. White soon scored on Emeline Gaunce’s double, putting the Eagles up 2-0.
Still needing time to warm up in the bullpen, White didn’t take the mound until Mountain View had scored a run and had runners on base in the bottom of the first. Mountain View scored two more runs before the inning was over, but White dominated them the rest of the way and finished with 10 strikeouts.
White also drove in two more runs in the fourth, when Los Altos scored three times to pull ahead for good.
Herrera said the Eagles also received “outstanding defensive plays” from Gaunce, Franchesca Baker and Taylor Athens in the regular-season finale.
“It was a total team effort,” said the coach, whose team finished atop the SCVAL De Anza Division at 11-1.
The loss dropped Mountain View to 7-5 in the De Anza, good enough for fourth place.
In other local softball action, host St. Francis rallied to beat Presentation 3-1 May 26. Chloe Cummings recorded 10 strikeouts for the undefeated Lancers (21-0); Jessica Oakland had two hits and an RBI.
Shaking off an 8-4 home loss to Homestead to begin the week, Los Altos defeated Santa Clara by the same score May 26 in another De Anza Division game.
Aaron Parker notched three hits for the visiting Eagles, including a two-run homer in the first. Colby Cook added a homer in the fourth, pushing Los Altos’ lead to 4-0. That advantage ballooned to 8-0 in the sixth, thanks to Jared Maeyama’s two-run double. He finished with three RBIs.
Rowan Sims threw six shutout innings and struck out four batters. Two Eagle errors in the seventh helped the Bruins load the bases, however, and they cleared them with a double that made it an 8-3 game. That’s when Aidan Brenner came on in relief. After giving up a bases-loaded walk, Brenner got the ensuing batter to fly out and struck out the next one to secure the victory.
Los Altos improved to 5-8 in league and 11-11 overall.
Mountain View concluded its season with a 50-12 win over Saratoga May 24.
The Spartans (5-1) won seven matches at the meet, five of them via pin. Senior Tai Nguyen (145 pounds) prevailed 23-6 to finish the season undefeated.
Mountain View remained in the hunt to finish first in the De Anza Division with its 58-47 win at Palo Alto May 26.
The Spartans entered Friday’s finale against Paly, played after the Town Crier’s deadline, tied with Santa Clara for first at 9-2.
Jamie Baum and Abby Lu scored 12 points each to lead Los Altos to a 48-30 win at Wilcox May 25.
The Eagles, who outscored the Chargers in every quarter, improved to 8-3 in the De Anza Division.
St. Francis claimed the West Catholic Athletic League title by defeating rival Bellarmine May 26. The host Lancers (12-0) prevailed 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21.