Spring sports underway in PleasantonBlizzard lacrosse crushes Burlingame, San Jose
The Pleasanton girls junior division team, Blizzard, showed their talent against the Burlingame Coyotes and San Jose Extreme at Mills High School in Millbrae last Saturday.› The Blizzard beat the Coyotes first with a score of 6 to 2.› Andrea Arden, Cambi Cukar, Kira Ewanich, Lauren Hall and Lindsey Kail scored the goals for the Blizzard. ›Excellent passes by Tori Larsen, Kirsten Jensen and Evan Murphy. Outstanding ground balls by Molly Grozier and speed by Sarah Monday. ›Goalie McKalee Mooney stopped the CoyotesŪ shots with no fear.›
For the next game, the Blizzard hit the San Jose Extreme like a hurricane with a score of 12 to 1.› Top scorers for the Blizzard were Cambi Cukar, Kira Ewanich and Cierra Kocik. ›Excellent defense by Lindsey Kail, Haley Brodnick and Meghan Serrano. Outstanding passes by McKalee Mooney and plays by Rebecca Dumanski.› The Blizzard started their season on March 11 with victories over the Lamorinda Fire and South Marin Wolfpack.›
No. 1 Miramonte hands Falcons their 1st Loss
The Falcons had high hopes of success as they headed up to Orinda to take on the team ranked No. 1 in Northern California (laxpower.com) and the self-proclaimed "team to beat" in California last Friday. Early in the game the Falcons played confidently, answering each Matador goal with one of their own, and even taking their only lead of the game at 2-1. It was one of those games where the team that came up with the ball off the draw was almost invariably the next to net a goal, and the teams seemed to split possessions evenly.
At halftime the Falcons were down by just a goal and were ready to regroup for a strong second half. But at the beginning of the second half the Matadors struck first with two quick goals in the first five minutes to take a 7-4 lead, and from there the Falcons slowly unraveled, making risky decisions that didn't pay off as they had against other less disciplined teams they'd faced this year. With only one official and far fewer fouls being called in the second half, the game started to get rough, and the aggressive Miramonte midfield was able to benefit and take the upper hand. The Falcons midfield was handcuffed by aggressive checks and body contact and with about 10 minutes to play the Matadors had taken a commanding 10-5 lead. The Falcons did regroup, and managed to exchange goals with Miramonte the rest of the way. But the damage of the early second half was done, and the young Falcons were unable to overcome their intermittently sloppy play to claw back into contention. In spite of the loss, the Falcons were able to take some valuable lessons from the game that should serve them well in league play, and in the playoffs, where they expect to see the Matadors again.
Falcon JV softball wins over Newark
The Foothill Falcons JV Softball team started their season off with a great victory over Newark Memorial. Pitcher Mariah Worley delivered 15 strikeouts and gave up only three hits in seven innings. Foothill did all their scoring in the second inning when Haley Piona started it off with a double. Alex Herman drove in Haley Piona with a RBI single. Lauren Ayers was up to bat with Herman in scoring position and came through with a RBI double making a score of 2-0. Newark Memorial fought back to get only one run in the top of the third inning. The fourth and fifth innings were played tough by both strong defenses. In the sixth inning Worley struckout the side. Foothill came into the seventh inning with the determination to win and they did with a 2-1 victory.
Foothill frosh baseball continue winning way against Castro Valley
In a game against Castro Valley last week, Foothill pitchers Will Anderson and Troy Sales demonstrated ball control allowing no CV hitters to reach base on a walk, while striking out six in a 13-1 win. Castro Valley's only run came late in the game and was unearned. The Falcons sent 15 batters to the plate in the third inning racking up nine runs and putting the game out of reach. Will Anderson lead the offense with three hits, three RBIs and one run, while Matt Owen and Michael Theofanopoulos each added two hits. Five other Falcons had RBIs (Andrew Brazil, Derek Chao, Elias Khoury, Brandon DeFazio and Reece Yamada).
Harvest Park wrestles around the bay
Harvest Park Middle School dominated the sixth and eighth grade levels at the a middle school tournament in San Leandro last Saturday. Austin Hamilton was the 6th grade MVP with three pins in three matches while Mitch Grimes took home the 8th Grade MVP with three pins in three matches. Other Champions included Austin Bay (sixth), Grant Bonham (sixth), Nick Gaither (seventh), and Adam Aslam (8th). Max Niels lost a tight match 5-4 to Louie of Hart for the Sixth Grade Championship. Hni Harnur also lost a close match in the eighth grade finals.
Major and juniors little league teams battle it out
For the majors, it was a great start for the Yankees against the Athletics. In a battle of the pitching staffs, the Yankees Brendan Jenkins put on a pitching clinic. Brendan threw almost five complete innings before he hit his max pitch count. With eight strikeouts and only giving up two hits it was a great way to start off the season. On offense Jordan Cain lead the Yankees with two keys hits. He scored a run and had a RBI. The Yankees faded in the last inning giving up their lead and three runs. It was a great opener for both teams.
In the juniors, the Angels met the Angels as the PALL Junior 80s Gold team split an exciting doubleheader with San Ramon Valley last Saturday. The Gold won the first game with outstanding pitching from Michael Lam and clutch hitting by Jarrod Graves and Calvin Brown. Lam pitched four innings, striking out six batters while giving up only three hits and one run. After falling behind 1-0 after three innings, the Gold came back in the top of the fourth with a beautiful squeeze play to tie the game. Dylan Strangmeyer laid down a beautiful bunt that scored Nick Eslick. Manager Ralph Eslick pulled off the squeeze again in the sixth with Nick Eslick executing the bunt, scoring Jordan Ramil. In the top of the seventh, the Gold broke it open with six runs. The big hits came from Calvin Brown who had two RBIs with a monster double to left center. After two walks, Jarrod Graves got into the action with a line single to left, knocking in two more runs. Dylan Hecht pitched a very effective final three innings to preserve the win.
After winning the first game of Saturday doubleheader against San Ramon Valley, the PALL Junior 80s Gold team lost a close one in the nightcap 5-4. Starting pitcher Travis Eldridge had a great game, with five strikeouts in two and two thirds innings. The gold had an early 2-1 lead after two innings with Dylan Strangmeyer and Justin Taylor each driving in a run. However, the Gold found themselves down 5-2 entering the top of the seventh. Nick Papageorge and Jordan both worked the San Ramon Valley pitcher into walks. With two runners on, Eldridge came through with a loud single to centerfield to score a run. Jarrod Graves then hit a sharp grounder that scored Ramil. On the play, Eldridge attempted to score, but was thrown out at the plate on a close call to end the game.
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Strong defense keys Falcon 14-7 lacrosse victory
It's always a good game when Foothill and Acalanes high schools meet on the lacrosse field. In spite of the lopsided outcome, the "other" Dons gave the Falcons plenty of trouble early in the first half. The Falcons drew first blood with the first of Teagan Benson's team leading five goals. But the Dons tried to beat Foothill at their own game, winning draws and swarming to ground balls, allowing them to tie the game at 1 then at 2 and again at 3 about midway through the first half. But the Falcons were more effective on their possessions and finished the half on a 4-to-1 scoring run to hold a 7 - 4 lead at the half.
Acalanes scored first in the second half, and the teams traded goals to leave the contest still close at 8-6 with 22 minutes remaining. That's when the Falcons defense clamped down and played the best half of their young season, shutting down the Dons for the next 20 minutes. The Dons dominated time of possession in the half, but the defense held strong. When they were able to get the ball cleared to the offense, the Falcons attack easily penetrated the Acalanes defense to go on a 6-0 run that effectively iced the game in Foothill's favor. When the Dons finally tallied their last goal, the Falcons answered right back swarming on defense and ground ball play and got a final goal with under a minute in the game. The game ball went to the entire defensive unit, which turned around a lackluster performance in the first half and rallied the Falcons to an impressive win. Benson had the best game of her career, with five goals to lead the Falcons. Goaltender Andrea Renton was incredible (10 saves on seven goals, a 59 percent save percentage) in her second varsity start in place of Kelsey Barth. Barth had to sit out the game with a scratched cornea, although to her credit she begged to play in spite of having an patch over her right eye.
Little league T-ball
Rangers vs. Red Sox: The PALL T-Ball Rangers played a great game against the mighty Red Sox's on Opening Day. All the Rangers played great defense and had terrific hits. Great game Rangers! Outstanding players: Travis Muat, Will Carlson, Riley Purnell.
Red Sox vs. Rangers: The Red Sox played an outstanding Opening Day game against the Rangers! The team is well conditioned and eager. John Morse walloped a monster hit in the 1st inning, David Florio powered us through the 2nd, and Brady Scanlon showed his prowess in the infield. We expect great things from the enthusiastic Red Sox this year!
Yankees vs. Athletics: All players showed outstanding sportsmanship. There were exciting hits on offense and great plays on defense. Outstanding players: Elijah Blockmon, John Garcia, Cameron McMullen.
Little league Farm B
Twins vs. Red Sox: Matthew Schulz played very smoothly at first base for the Twins, receiving the throw-ins and running multiple batters out. Ryan Rudolph played reliably as catcher. Ryan also hit the ball hard at his turn to bat and slid into home base fast and with style. Joshua Molz kept his team moving with some firm line drives that showed his batting ability.
Little League Farm A
Yankees vs. Athletics: The Yankees got their season off to a great start playing a tough Athletics team. The offensive bats started in the first inning and did not stop. Luke Hazen led the way hitting the first home run of the season. Matthew Briones also hit the ball well, but also played tremendously at first stopping several grounders to log the unassisted outs. Silas Hillman shined at the plate hitting the ball hard each time. Hillman also played well in center throwing out one runner advancing to second. The Yankee fans look forward to a great season!
Red Sox vs. Indians: Beautiful blue skies and pleasant temperatures awaited us on PALL Opening Day, and the Red Sox responded with a tremendous offensive and defensive performance against the Indians. Leadoff hitter Ryan Westcott started off the season with a solid single to left and excelled in the field. Ayush Sangari pounded out five hits and made a sweet running catch in the infield. Trent Ines stroked four hits and showed great hustle running the bases. The entire team played near flawless defense and held the Indians scoreless for the first four innings. Way to go Red Sox!
Athletics vs. Yankees: Mark Molz #5 slid into home finishing off the first inning strong. Dylon Shakley and Riley Shields displayed strong defense at the top of the 3rd and with bases loaded at the bottom of the 6th, Bailey McMullen #19 smashed the ball, challenging Yankee defense. Great effort and teamwork A's!
Indians vs. Red Sox: The Indians Farm A team had some fine performances at the plate. Garret Finley led the team in hitting, going 3-3. Another heavy contributor to the offense was Brandon Lydick, 2-3 and two runs scored. Max Miller came through nicely as well; he went 2 for 3 and reached home once.
Little league minor AA
White Sox vs. Athletics: Our first game was a success. The White Sox came out to win and win they did. Daniel ended the day 2 for 3; 2 hits 3 runs scored and 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Justin was 2 for 4; 2 hits and 3 runs scored & 5 SB. Ali-Haider went 1 for 1; 2 walks, a base hit and 1 RBI scoring two times & 4 SB. Quentin went 1 for 1; 3 walks, 3 RBI's & scored 1 run 4 SB. Teagan went 1 for 2; 2 walks, base hit, 1 run scored & 1 RBI & 2 SB. Nick went 0-1; 3 walks and 3 RBI's & 2 SB. Blake went 0-2 ; 2 walks and 1 RBI & 1 SB. Torin went 0-1 ; 2 walks and 1 RBI 1 SB. Steven went 1-3 got hit by a pitch and 1 RBI. Easton went 1-2 ; 1 walk and 1 RBI. Robert was 0-1 ; 2 walks & 1 SB. Amrit was 1-2 with 1 walk, hit by pitch. Great Defense today by our pitching staff. Teagan on the mound with 32 pitches; with 1 K and 4 walks. Ali-Haider threw 47 from the mound with 1 K and 5 walks. Justin had 45 pitches today with 3 K's and 2 Walks. Torin had a great inning with only 8 pitches thrown with 2 strike outs and no walks. Good Job White Sox!
Athletics vs. White Sox: Cole Morrell lead the opening game with a double hit to left center field. Later, he took the pitcher's mound and had a no hitter inning and followed with two more great innings. Power hitter, Devon Julien, had a nice double and played 3rd base with a diving catch of a pop fly foul ball to make the out. Big hitter Nick Tucker had a double hit and was fast on his feet stealing bases to score for the A's.
Twins vs. Angels: Phillip Herrera ripped two rally-starting singles, including a leadoff shot to center that sparked a game-winning rally as the Twins notched a 12-10 win in their final at-bat on Opening Day. The Twins' comeback began in the fifth inning when Brandon Dodak crushed a double to left-center. The Twins' late scoring surge salvaged gutsy pitching performances by starter Andy Bordenave (six strikeouts), Joseph Kwon and Gunnar Langenhuizen, who held the Angels scoreless over a two-inning stint despite surrendering a lead-off triple in the third inning.
Angels vs. Twin: The AA Angles opened the season with an exciting game last Saturday against the AA Twins. The Angels got things going in the top of the first. Blake Staniford led off the game with a single and scored on an hit by Jack Reynolds. The Angels got 2 more runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead. Blake also started the game on the mound and threw 2 terrific innings giving up just 1 run while striking out 4. Twins batters werevery patient and were able to score 12 runs on just 2 hits while accepting 19 walks. Angels pitchers will need to zero in on the strke zone to be more successful. After surrendering the lead in the 4th inning., the Angels erupted for 6 runs in the top of the 5th. Blake got things started again with another single. Aggressive baserunning on some sloppy infield play got the Angles a few runs and the Twins pitcher struggled with control walking 8 batters in the inning. The Angels entered the bottom of the 5th with an 11-6 lead, but could not hold it. Although the Twins got just 1 hit in the inning, several walks and a dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed the Twins to score 6 runs and earn the opening day victory.
Little league minor AAA
Angels vs. Red Sox: Sam Molz sparked a strong Angel's offensive attack, and Jake McIntosh and Jake Kinney each pitched 3 innings apiece in combining to hold the Red Sox to 2 runs in a 9-2 win in the AAA season opener. Eight different Angels players crossed the plate for a balanced attack, while "The Jakes" each pitched out of bases loaded jams while collecting 6K's apiece for a total of 12K's. An excellent effort by the entire team against a tough Red Sox squad.
Indians vs. Rangers: The AAA Indians overcame a few opening day jitters and were able to stop a couple Rangers rallies to win 11-7. In the top of the first with a runner at 3rd, the Rangers dangerous cleanup hitter smashed a linedrive towards right field. Indians second baseman Connor Mays snared the linedrive to end the inning. Spured on by the exciting play, the Indians came to bat and scored 6 runs. Andreas Papageorge drove home the game's first run wtitha rocket into centerfield. Later in the inning, Brett Barker and Vincent Tanisawa added consecutive run scoring singles. The Rangers managed 1 run in the top of the 2nd, but their rally ended when catcher Daniel Reedy retrieved a passed ball and flipped it to pitcher Collin Miller to tag out a Ranger baserunner trying to steal home. Collin, Andreas andBrett each pitched well and kept the Ranger bats in check most of thegame. The highlight of the game came in the top of the 4th.&n bsp; After having scored 3 runs and with bases loaded and just one out, a Rangers batter slapped a ground ball to the left side of the infield. It looked like a sure 2 run single to left, when from out of nowhere, SS Colllin Miller dove, gloved the ball, rolled over and threw from his knees to second baseman Tyler Grassi for the forceout. Another big defensive play in the top of the 5th ended another potential Rangers rally. With1 out and a runner at first, a Rangers batter hit a fly ball into shallow CF. Daniel raced in to catch the ball sinking towards the turf and alertly threw back to 1B for the double play. Brett keyed the victory with 3 hits and 3 RBIs to go with 2 innings pitched, giving up just 1 run to earn a save. Matthew Martell and Connor each contributed 2 hits and scored 3 runs to provide the spark to the offense.