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Sports - March 17, 2017

Chang, Hall help Paly stay unbeaten in SCVAL

Lillios closes game for the Vikings

by Glenn Reeves

Ryan Chang was one out away from a complete game in Palo Alto's SCVAL De Anza Division game Wednesday at Milpitas.

Pitching with a 3-1 lead, Chang retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh on grounders to shortstop Max Jung-Goldberg before walking pinch hitter Quentin Yago on a 3-2 pitch. And once he went 2-0 on the next batter, Palo Alto coach Pete Fukuhara came out to the mound with the hook.

Niko Lillios came in to pitch and threw two more balls to put the tying run on base. But then Lillios, who played the first six innings at second base, made a flashy middle-infielder's stop on a grounder up the middle and threw to first for the third out.

With the win Palo Alto improved to 7-2 on the season and 3-0 in De Anza Division play.

"I did want to finish,'' Chang said. "But we have a great closer. He's lights out.''

It was the fourth save for Lillios, who also came into the game hitting .619. Chang improved to 2-0 on the season.

Chang said he didn't have his good stuff to start the game.

"But halfway through something clicked in my head,'' he said. "The first few innings I just got by believing in myself and believing in my teammates.''

Jackson Hall's two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning broke up a scoreless tie. The Vikings plated a third run in the sixth on Jung-Goldberg's two-out single.

Milpitas (4-5, 0-3) broke up Chang's shutout bid with a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.

Jung-Goldberg, who has signed with the University of San Diego, reached base in all four at-bats out of the leadoff spot.

"We want to win our league, get to the CCS Open and hopefully compete at a high level,'' he said. "We've got some things to work on offensively and defensively. But the guys, each and every day come to the yard and want to play.''

Fukuhara is waiting for the Paly basketball team, which plays James Logan in Saturday's Division I NorCal championship game, to finish its season. Once that happens, Fukuhara will receive reinforcements in Ethan Stern and Spencer Rojahn.

Stern was an all-league shortstop last year and Rojahn will bolster the pitching staff. But with Jung-Goldberg, who played second base last year, playing well on defense while holding down the shortstop position, Fukuhara said he will play Stern at second base, at least at first.

"Our philosophy is the best nine play,'' Fukuhara said. "But I see Stern being a second baseman in college. Those two guys could play shortstop for any team in the league.''

Catcher Nathan Willis, along with Jung-Goldberg, had two hits apiece. Willis, Ben Cleasby and Jonathan Gottlieb all had stolen bases.

Palo Alto will host Milpitas in the second of the two-game set on Friday.

Boys' lacrosse

Jack Wolf scored both of his goals in the fourth quarter and host Menlo-Atherton boys' lacrosse team opened Peninsula Athletic League play with a 7-4 decision over defending league champion Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday night.

Andrew Ojeda also scored a pair for the Bears (5-0, 1-0), who play at Urban on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Tommy Barnds recorded a pair of goals and two assists for the Gators (3-2, 0-1), who host Menlo at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The match was tied at 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. That's when Jack Hansen scored and sparked a quick succession of goals for M-A.

Both goalkeepers played well, with M-A's Cooper Waymire saving 12 and SHP's Cody Weibe stopping seven shots.

Trevor Brinton and Michael Strack also scored for M-A. Kevin Tinsley and Teddy Vought added goals for the Gators.

Softbhall

Palo Alto is certainly enjoying the first few games of the season. That wasn't the case last year.

The Vikings opened its SCVAL El Camino Division season with a 15-0 victory over host Lynbrook on Wednesday. Paly (3-1, 1-0) hopes to continue its good fortune Friday when it hosts Cupertino at 4 p.m.

Palo Alto dropped the first eight games of last season and finished 7-16 overall. The Vikings, who took advantage of seven Lynbrook errors to score nine unearned runs, are on their way to reversing that this time around.

Freshman Ella Jones hit her first career home run, doubled and drove in two runs for the Vikings, who scored all their runs in the first three innings.

Sydney Liu added three hits and drove in a run, Mackenzie Glassford doubled twice and drove in two runs and Maggie Renteria added two hits and two RBI.

Fabiana Teofan (2-0) walked one, struck out five and allowed five hits in pitching the five-inning shutout. She has yet to give up an earned run in 9 2/3 innings this season. Teofan also collected a pair of hits.

Liu has six hits in her last nine official at bats and is hitting .545 for the season.

Boys' tennis

Menlo just keeps dominating in West Bay Athletic League play. Its 6-1 victory at Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday upped the Knights record to 6-0 in league play and extended their league winning streak to 246 matches.

The Knights sailed to straight-sets victories in singles with freshman Brandon Aprill and junior Clark Safran winning at Nos. 1 and 2. Sophomore Andrei Volgin and junior Tucker Matta secured wins at Nos. 3 and 4.

In doubles, junior Bo Leschly and senior Mark Ball won at No. 1 and the seniors duo of Will Borie and Marco Volpi teamed for a win at No. 2.

Sacred Heart Prep's Will Texido and Jack Stone won at No. 3 doubles.

Menlo (9-1 overall) next plays Harker at home Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep (5-4, 4-2) is at Priory on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

In other matches, Menlo-Atherton dropped a 6-1 nonleague decision to host Monta Vista (8-1) on Wednesday. The Bears (9-3, 7-0) return to PAL action Thursday at home Thursday against Carlmont at 4 p.m.

Boys golf

Luke Peterson shot a 1-over par 36 on the Sunnyvale GC course Wednesday to help Sacred Heart Prep beat host The King's Academy, 191-223, in a West Bay Athletic League match.

Erik Morris and Finn O'Kelly each added rounds of 37 for the Gators (2-2, 2-1).

Girls lacrosse

Emma Briger recorded 11 saves but Sacred Heart Prep fell, 8-5, to visiting University Prep, 8-5, in a nonleague game Wednesday.

Sasha Bellack and Ingrid Corrigan each scored twice for the Gators (1-1), who travel to Amador Valley for a nonleague game Monday at 4 p.m.

Boys volleyball

Garrett Pinkston recorded five kills and a pair of aces, though Sacred Heart Prep fell to host Lynbrook, 25-10, 25-15, 25-14, in a SCVAL El Camino Division contest Wednesday.

Giorgio Bacchin had 11 assists, Jake Davison recorded six kills and Ryan Bair had six digs for the Gators (4-4, 0-1), who host The King's Academy (2-3, 1-1)on Friday at 5 p.m.

Girls diving

Gunn senior Marisa Agarwal recorded a score of 247.03 on the 1-meter board to earn an early victory for the Titans' swimming and diving team.

The Titan swimmers competed at Saratoga on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. The defending CCS champion Gunn boys team also competed.

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