M-A opens baseball tournament with victory

Bears are off to a good start in Cordova Easter Tournament

The Menlo-Atherton baseball team may be on spring break, but the Bears certainly on vacation. Quite the contrary. While the classmates are enjoying their free time, the Bears are hard at work in the Cordova Easter Tournament in Rancho Cordova.

On Monday, Menlo-Atherton got the tournament rolling with an 8-2 victory over Whitney (Rocklin). Junior Kyle Zirbes snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring double in the top of the fifth inning as the Bears improved to 6-4.

The Bears broke open a close game by scoring two runs in the fifth inning and four more in the seventh to win their fourth straight. Starting pitcher Nils Gilbertson earned the victory, limiting Whitney to two runs over the first four innings.

Cam Winn pitched brilliantly in relief, surrendering just a single and no runs over the final three innings. M-A pitchers walked non while throwing just 72 total pitches over seven innings.

The Bears' offense produced nine hits, including three by shortstop Casey Eason (who also scored three runs), two doubles by third baseman Ryan Chilcoat, and a two-run double by catcher Jeff Keller.

In addition to Keller, Zirbes joined with Chace Warren, Patrick Moriarty and Cam Rowland by providing RBI.

Menlo-Atherton returns to action on Tuesday with games against Capital Christian (Sacramento) and Wood (Vacaville).

Elsewhere in nonleague action, Sacred Heart Prep snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over host Riordan. Matt Martella had two of the Gators' four hits, including a home run, in addition to driving in four. Charlie Bradford and Pat McNamara had the other hits, both doubles as SHP improved to 3-6-1.


Gunn moved up in class without its top pitcher and still posted a 3-1 nonleague victory over visiting Homestead on Monday. The Mustangs play in the upper SCVAL De Anza Division while the Titans play in the El Camino.

Gunn ace Claire Klausner didn't start the game on the mound as Casey Maltz (1-1) took over and pitched four strong innings of two-hit, one-run ball for the victory. Klausner came in to pitch the final three innings, striking out five and allowing just two hits.

Gunn (9-8-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first after Klausner led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt by Nicole Grimwood and scored on a groundout by Brooke Binkley.

Homestead tied the game in the second on a double by Kelly Utley that scored Janelle Inenaga.

Gunn put the game out of reach in the third. Claire Collins led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laura Tau and scored on a single to center by Binkley. Klausner got aboard and eventually stole home to make it a 3-1 game.

Amber St. John made a potential game-saving catch in left field to end a rally by Homestead in the sixth.

Boys' tennis

Gunn rode a sweep of the doubles to a 5-2 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Monday. The Titans (7-6) split the singles matches with the Gators (5-6), bugt got straight set victories from the tandems of Roy Peleg-Simon Kaubisch, Chris Lu-Paul Wang and Kevin Macario-Thomas George to secure the triumph.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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