Coming off losses in two of his four previous games, Menlo School baseball coach Craig Schoof probably didn't know what to expect when his Menlo School baseball team took on perennial power Mitty in the opening round of the Lion's Club Tournament on Saturday at PAL Stadium in San Jose.
One of those losses had been to West Catholic Athletic League power St. Francis, and Mitty wasn't far behind the Lancers in regards to high expectations this season.
When Menlo fell behind by 6-1 after two innings, the eventual outcome appeared quite clear. However, the Knights didn't see it that way.
Menlo rallied for two runs in the third four in the fourth and scored the game-winner in the sixth to pull off a 9-8 upset victory.
"Great win," said Schoof. "One of the biggest in program history, right up there with CCS titles, win over Logan in 1991 and win over Hayward in '91 when they were rank second in the state!
With Menlo (7-3) and the Monarchs (9-5) tied at 7 after four, the Knights took the lead in the fifth when Austin Marcus led of with a walk and Brock Cozad sacrificed him to second. After a strikeout, Jared Lucian singled in Marcus for an 8-7 lead.
In the sixth, Mikey Diekroeger led off with a walk, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Adam Greenstein, his third RBI of the game. He finished with two hits, as did Will King and Lucian.
Mitty rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth but couldn't overtake the Knights, who'll play Sierra in the second round on Monday afternoon.
The tournament continues Wednesday and Friday. After that, Menlo heads to Las Vegas on spring break for the annual Bishop Gorman Classic before opening West Bay Athletic League play on April 10.
Menlo School dropped a 13-6 nonleague decision to The Bishops School of La Jolla on Saturday in Atherton, slipping to 1-6 on the season.
Track and field
Gunn seniors Kirsten Baird and Eric Price each won individual titles at the De Anza-Cupertino Invitational at De Anza College on Saturday.
Baird won the girls' high jump at 4-feet, 10 inches while Price took the boys' triple jump at 43-11 1/2.
Pinewood sophomore Nicole Colonna was second in the girls' 1,600 in 5:27.74 and added a third place in the 800 in 2:30.51. Daisy Alvarado-Munoz of Priory was second in the girls' discus with a throw of 94-8.