Dean Casey threw a complete-game no-hitter at Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday. He got the victory only after Paly scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
It was a little easier Wednesday when Josh Kasevich and Ritter Amsbaugh combined on a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory over visiting Cupertino in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division opener.
Palo Alto headed into Thursday's game at Menlo School with an 18-inning scoreless streak intact.
The Vikings own a 1.83 ERA on the season, 0.75 over the past four games.
Amsbaugh added two hits and Zander Darby drove in two runs for the Vikings (4-2, 1-0), who are scheduled to play at Cupertino (4-3, 0-1) at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Paly also has a game scheduled Saturday against Sacred Heart Cathedral at Westborough Park in South San Francisco at 2 p.m.
"That's why having these guys go deep into games is so huge for us," Paly coach Pete Fukuhara said.
Casey started last year on the junior varsity but was quickly promoted to varsity and was a revelation, connecting almost immediately with Paly pitching coach Ryan Degregorio, a St. Francis grad who pitched for Missouri Western State.
"He's matured a lot and hits his spots," Fukuhara said of Casey. "When Ryan calls something, Dean throws it right where he wants. They have developed a good rapport."
Degregorio grew up in Woodside and played in the Menlo-Atherton Little League program, where he was known as a power hitter.
Kasevich, who is headed to Oregon in the fall, is on a strict pitch count. The Vikings were comfortably ahead after five innings anyway.
"Josh throws harder than Dean and we have to be responsible," Fukuhara said.
Kasevich walked two, both in the second inning. He responded by striking out the next four consecutive hitters and retired the final 11 he faced. Amsbaugh retired all six batters he faced.
"A guy asked me if I thought Josh was more advanced on the mound or in the field," Fukuhara said. "I couldn't answer. He's so advanced on both the mound and field."
Kasevich dropped 35 pounds over the offseason and returned to action in great shape.
Furuhara has a deep, though young, pitching staff, which he thinks will only get better.
"I like our pitching staff," he said. "I love Callum Olsen and we've got Sam Cleasby too. We have a closer, Ben Estrada, and Hyunwoo Roh is doing fantastic at the plate and on the mound."
Palo Alto scored in the first inning against Cupertino and never let up, scoring a total of 11 runs on nine hits, eight walks and three hit batters.
Paul Thie, as good a leadoff hitter in the CCS as there is, drew a walk to open the game, went to second on an error, third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch.
Kasevich also drew a walk and was awarded second when a balk was declared. Aidan Berger drove him home with a single.
The Vikings scored four runs in the third to take control. Mathew Caren singled, Berger walked and Daniel Rabello was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Amsbaugh and Thie each singled in a run and Darby singled in two. Tyler Foug and Roh also drove in runs.
In addition to Kasevich's offensive prowess,Thie and Roh have both displayed good bat control.
"Paul has special speed," Fukuhara said. "If he hits a grounder to either side of an infielder, there's a good chance he beats it out. He loves baseball and he can get so much better. Roh is another flier on the bases."
at Sacred Heart Prep 4, Riordan 4
Reece Lindquist doubled twice, drove in a run and pitched six strong innings for the Gators (3-2-1) but Riordan scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning and the nonleague game ended 4-4, a day after senior Parker Isaacson did not allow an earned run against Palo Alto in 6 1/3 innings.
Isaacson has yet to allow an earned run in 13 1/3 innings. He threw a one-hitter at Woodside and gave up four hits to the Vikings.
Senior Yianni Gardner is the Gators leading hitter, toting a .429 batting average wioth three doubles and six RBIs.
Against Riolrdan, Sacred Heart Prep scored twice in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Will Moldow led off the inning with a walk and scored on Lindquist's second double of the game. Two outs later, Aidan Macaluso singled to plate Lindquist.
Braden Fitzgerald and Enzo Pollioni also drove in runs for the Gators, who will travel to San Mateo for a 2 p.m. game Saturday against Serra.
Alex Nissenberg stole a pair of bases and scored twice for SHP.
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