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Mayer's 7 RBI paces Menlo's 24-3 baseball win

Castilleja's Albanese, Gunn's Klausner both throw no-hitters in softball

Menlo had its hitting shoes on Thursday as the Knights pounded out 23 hits in a 24-3 nonleague baseball victory over visiting Hillsdale. Menlo sophomore left fielder Dylan Mayer led the Knights by driving in a career-high seven runs on three hits, including his first career home run in the third. He followed that blast with a grand slam in the fourth.

The slam was Menlo's second of the week as Danny Diekroeger had one on Tuesday against Menlo-Atherton.

On the mound, sophomore lefthander Jake Batchelder improved to 3-0 on the season by throwing four innings of one-hit ball with no earned runs. Menlo returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to Gunn for a nonleague game.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, visiting Gunn looked as if it was going to notch its first league win after Blake Johnson slammed a three-run double in the top of the seventh to give the Titans a three-run lead. Unfortunately for Gunn, Fremont rallied in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and went on to post an 8-7 victory.

Gunn did give itself another chance by answering in the top of the eighth with Jon Rea scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Travis Bowers. Fremont, however, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to get the win.

Johnson led Gunn with three hits and three RBI. Rea, Bowers and Jake Verhulp all had two hits for Gunn, which returns to action with a non-league game against Los Altos at home on Saturday.

Boys' lacrosse

Results of the Menlo at Burlingame, Palo Alto at Leland and Gunn at Woodside matches were not submitted.

Softball

Castilleja pitcher Sammy Albanese tossed her second no-hitter of the week, and her fifth of the season, as the Gators handed visiting Woodside an 8-1 nonleague softball defeat on Thursday. Only two days following a perfect game with 18 strikeouts, Albanese (5-1-1) struck out 12 – she now has 132 on the season -- walked none and didn't allow an earned run as Woodside (1-3) took advantage of three Castilleja errors to get a run across.

Castilleja (5-1-2) put the game away with a six-run second inning. Albanese helped herself with a home run and four RBI while Aryana Yee and Annie Apffel each had doubles. The Gators will open their West Bay Athletic League season at Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in nonleague action, Gunn bounced back from being blanked by a perfect game by Albanese on Tuesday and got a no-hitter from freshman Claire Klausner on Thursday as the Titans handed host Prospect a 5-0 nonleague defeat.

Klausner (7-1-1) also bounced back from her first loss of the season and struck out 14 while tossing her second no-hitter of the season. Casey Maltz and Klausner each had three hits for Gunn (7-2-1) while Laura Kidder added two.

Results of the Menlo-Atherton at Menlo game were not submitted.

Boys' tennis

After posting two solid victories back to back, Gunn's string of success was snapped on Thursday as the Titans dropped a tight 4-3 decision to host Los Gatos in a SCVAL De Anza Division match.

Gunn (3-3, 5-5) dug itself a hole by losing the No. 2, 3 and 4 singles. Only Rajeev Herekar's 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 1 prevented a sweep. That put the pressure on the Titans' doubles teams, which needed to sweep but couldn't. The tandems of Simon Kaubisch-Roy Peleg and Paul Wang-Kevin Macario did their part with victories.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton continues to find little resistance following yet another lopsided victory, this time a 7-0 blanking of visiting Woodside on Thursday. The Bears improved to 6-0 in league and have yet to lose more than two points in a league match. Menlo-Atherton did have to battle a bit in singles, however, as the Wildcats earned 25 games. Nick Oliver was pushed at No. 3 in his 7-5, 7-5 win while Richie Sarwal won at No. 4, 7-6, 6-2.

Track and field

Senior Sunny Margerum won three events while juniors Kiana Choroski and Erin Robinson won two each to pace the Gunn girls to a 92-29 romp over visiting Lynbrook in a SCVAL De Anza Division dual meet on Thursday.

Margerum won the 100, 200 and long jump (17-10) while Choroski led a sweep of the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Robinson ran a tough double, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Gunn swept three events and totaled 31 points just in the field events while improving to 1-1.

Getting 28 points just in the field events, the Gunn boys rolled to a 78-38 dual-meet victory in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Thursday.

At Palo Alto, the Vikings dropped a pair of De Anza Division dual meets to Mountain View. The Paly girls fell, 87-39, and the boys came up just short after losing the final 1,600 relay, 66-61.

"It was a great meet," Paly coach Jason Fung said of the boys' meet. "We had them. It shouldn't have come down to the mile relay."

Fung could have gone through every event to find a few points here and there that would have made the difference. A one-three finish in the 200, for example, would have made a difference. With only two events left, a one-two finish in the high jump would have clinched the meet for the Vikings, too.

"But, their guy (Stephen Johnson) pulled a 6-6 (jump) out there and we went second and third," explained Fung, who got excellent jumps of 6-4 from Bennie Williams and 6-2 from Tyler Nigro, either of which normally would have been good enough to win. But, Johnson's big victory nonetheless sent the meet to the final relay with the meet tied at 61.

Fung was able to load up his team, even using distance standout Philip MacQuitty (who ran a sub-50.00 leg). The Vikings ran a season-best 3:28.51 but still came up short as the Spartans clocked 3:27.82 for the victory.

The boys' meet was one of those every-point-counts event where seconds and thirds were just as important as winning. Mountain View was able to go one-two in the triple jump where no entrant even reached 40 feet. Johnson added a victory in the long jump, where Paly finished second and third. And, the Spartans went one-two in the 300 intermediate hurdles, where the Vikings needed to place higher to change the outcome of the meet.

The Palo Alto boys got off to a good start with a 44.82 victory in the opening 400 relay before MacQuitty won the 1,600 in 4:41.34 with teammates Josh Newby second at 4:48.38. Mountain View's Markus Rutner picked up an important victory over Paly's Daniel Jones in the 400, 51.40 to 51.59, and held off two Paly runners to win the 200 in 23.06.

It was that kind of day, one of just-misses, for Palo Alto.

In the girls' meet, there was little Palo Alto could do to even threaten Mountain View, the defending league champion. The Vikings' best finish was a one-two effort by seniors Erika Hoglund (13.17) and Emily Yeates (13.25) in the 100.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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