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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 12, 2013

Palo Alto Babe Ruth champs face new tests

NorCal State Tournaments will offer difficult fields for 15s and 13s following their District 6 titles

by Kevin Macario

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13- and 15-year-old baseball all-stars have taken the first step in the postseason by capturing District 6 Tournament titles. Now, their task gets much more difficult.

Both squads will open NorCal State Tournament action on Saturday, with potentially more games and certainly more difficult competition.

Each team advanced by topping foes from Mountain View. The 15s posted a 7-5 triumph on Saturday while the 13s took the tougher route and needed 8-1 and 16-0 triumphs on Sunday to move on.

The Palo Alto 15s will open the NorCal State Tournament with a game against Antioch at Mountain View's McKelvey Park at 10 a.m. A second game is guaranteed on Sunday. After that, who knows?

Team members for the 15s are Blake Carbonneau, Andrew Daschbach, Evan Easton, Max Gardiner, Daniel Gasiewski, Matt Hennefarth, Brian Knapp, Jamie Kruger, AJ Lemons, Jared Lucian, James Roake, Michael Shames, Alexii Sigona, Shane Stafford and Ryan Voltattorni.

The Palo Alto 13s will have to travel to College of Alameda for their opener, which closes the first day there as Palo Alto faces host Alameda at 5 p.m.

The 13s also will play Sunday, either at 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m.

The NorCal State Tournament winners will advance to regional competition in Tucson, Ariz. (15s) and Vernal, Utah (13s). After that will be the World Series in both divisions.

The Palo Alto 13s opened District 6 action with a 14-4 win over Bel-Mateo, but fell into the consolation bracket following a 4-3 loss to Mountain View last Friday. Palo Alto bounced back to eliminate Bel-Mateo, 16-3, on Saturday to force Sunday's games.

Chris Cook got the win in Sunday's first game as he struck out eight and walked just two. Kyle Pruhsmeier got the win in Game 2, allowing just one hit over his four innings of work.

Sean Young and David Clarke each had two hits and two RBI in the title game while Jake Rittman had three hits in Sunday's opener.

Other members of the 13s include Brett Anchartechahar, Ole Erickson, Tim Goode, Jonathan Gottlieb, Matthew Gursky, Tony Masetti, Nico Rollandi, Sean Shufelt, Bradley Smith and Zachary Weseloh.

In Little League action:

Palo Alto National and Menlo-Atherton both lost in their respective divisions to close out their respective seasons in the District 52 Majors All-Star Tournament action Sunday.

In the 11-12 tournament in Belmont, Palo Alto National saw its run through the consolation bracket end in a 12-1 loss to Redwood City East in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

Palo Alto managed just two hits, both by Max Jung-Goldberg. One of his hits was a solo home run to lead off the third inning. It was his third home run of the district tournament. Palo Alto, however, trailed by 8-0 before the solo blast.

Palo Alto gave up 13 hits and committed three errors. A day earlier, Palo Alto eliminated city rival Palo Alto American, 6-5.

Joshua Kasevich pitched five no-hit innings of relief and George Welch hit two home runs for the winners.

Michael Panitchpakdi hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning to help PA American grab a 5-0 lead. Isaac Hart-Skaife and Seattle Hmelar singled ahead of Panitchpakdi's bomb over the center-field fence. Hart-Skaife's single drove in Spencer Rojahn for the first run and Hmelar scored on a wild pitch.

Kasevich came in to start the second and faced two over the minimum the rest of the way in gaining the win. He struck out eight, including four in a row at one point, and walked two.

PA National got three runs back in the bottom of the first. Jung-Goldberg walked ahead of Welch's first home run, a drive that sailed over the right-field fence. Shiva Bucklin doubled and later scored on an error.

In the second, Tyler Foug walked ahead of Welch's second home run, which also found a new home beyond the right-field fence. PA National scored the go-ahead run in the fourth when Jung-Goldberg hit a solo home run.

In the 10-11 tournament at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, Menlo-Atherton's season came to an end in a 4-0 loss to Belmont/Redwood Shores.

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