In a dramatic sixth inning, Menlo School scored the winner then held off Pacific Grove, 4-2, on Saturday to advance to the Central Coast Section Division II baseball semifinals.
Third-seeded Menlo (22-7) will face No. 15 Capuchino (16-14), which overturned No, 7 Burlingame, 2-1, in another quarterfinal, on Tuesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium at 4 p.m. A victory will return the Knights to San Jose Muni on Saturday for the section title.
"It's our goal every year just to get back to Muni -- to win CCS -- we love playing there," Menlo senior Davis Rich said. "That bottom of the sixth was just awesome."
The teams were knotted at 2 through the fifth at Fremont High in Sunnyvale. Menlo junior Chandler Yu led off the inning with a walk, then stole second. With one out, Rich hit one up the middle, the shortstop mishandled and Yu came in for the winning run. Fellow senior Jared Lucian followed with a hit, and Rich added an insurance run.
"They were holding Chandler pretty close (to the bag). I saw the shortstop go up the middle more, so I tried to get it in the hole - I didn't quite get it there but fortunately he didn't make the play and Chandler was able to score so it was great," Rich said, "Then Jared followed up and did a great job in the nine hole for us."
Junior starter Griff McGarry, senior RJ Babiera and senior David Farnham combined for an outstanding outing.
"I would say we're playing our best baseball right now. Our pitching was fantastic today," Rich said.
"After a couple of innings, we settled down and came together as a team and got the win," McGarry said. "It was pretty impressive to see everyone coming together as a team, and I think everyone is playing as one right now. "