Those 13s of last year are now 14s and, finally, will have their chance to advance in the postseason.
That opportunity will come starting this weekend when Palo Alto plays host to the NorCal State Tournament at Baylands Athletic Center.
Manager Rick Farr will guide the 14s into the NorCal playoffs. His roster includes John Bird, Kodiak Conrad, Evan Easton, John Guiragossian, Lawrence Han, Albert Han, Brian Knapp, Daniel Kollar-Gasiewski, AJ Lemons, Jared Lucian, Mitchell Martella, Rylan Pade, Jackson Salabert, Alexii Sigona and Ryan Voltattorni. The team's alternate is Shane Stafford.
Farr coached the 14s in the district tournament, but held out his top pitchers.
"After going 0-2 in the district tournament, I'd say we are big underdogs," Farr said. "We have some arms, but it's hard to gauge how they'll match up against that level of play. I'm interested to find out myself.
From what I know, Tri Valley and Mountain View are probably the favorites. We're just hoping to make a decent showing."
The 14s will carry the flag for Palo Alto into this stage of the season, following the elimination of the 15s and 13s in district action last week.
The eight-team, double-elimination event gets under way Saturday with four games. Palo Alto will host East Sacramento to wrap up the first day's activities at 7 p.m.
Palo Alto will either face the winner of Northern Solano and Eel River in a winners'-bracket game Sunday at 7 p.m., or face the loser of that matchup in consolation action at 1 p.m.
Four years ago, in the last Olympic year, the Palo Alto 14s advanced all the way to the World Series for the first time in program history.
2012 BABE RUTH 14s NORCAL STATE TOURNAMENT
At Baylands Athletic Center
SATURDAY, July 14
Game 1 -- Mountain View vs. Alameda, 10 a.m.
Game 2 -- Novato vs. Tri-Valley, 1 p.m.
Game 3 -- Northern Solano vs. Eel River, 4 p.m.
Game 4 -- East Sacramento vs. Palo Alto, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, July 15
Game 5 -- Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6 -- Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 7 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 8 -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.
MONDAY, July 16
Game 9 -- Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 10 -- Game 7 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, July 18
Game 11 -- Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 12 -- Game7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, July 19
Game 13 -- Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, July 20
Game 14 -- Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 15 -- Challenge game, if necessary, 8 p.m.