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Bruml's no-hitter puts Menlo in the semifinals

 

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With senior Jake Bruml pitching a no-hitter and striking out nine, Menlo School advanced to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs with a 10-0 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral in a quarterfinal that was shortened to five innings at Washington Park in Santa Clara on Saturday.

The No. 3-seeded Knights (24-5) next will play on Tuesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium (4 p.m.) against No. 2 Carmel (26-3), an 8-5 winner over Sacred Heart Prep in another quarterfinal. The winner will advance to the championship game next Saturday, also at San Jose Muni.

The other semifinal will match No. 8 Santa Cruz (14-14) against No. 5 Half Moon Bay on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz shocked top-seeded Palma on Saturday, 4-0, while Half Moon Bay eliminated No. 4 Soquel, 7-2.

In a rematch of last year's Division III semifinal that Menlo won, 4-3, with a dramatic two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, there was no need for such heroics as the Knights jumped all over the Irish. Menlo benefited from seven walks, a hit batter and two errors while the Knights helped themselves with nine hits, two each by Jake Batchelder and Phil Anderson. Dylan Mayer and Anderson each drove in three runs to make Bruml's afternoon a quick one.

In the CCS Division I quarterfinals, Palo Alto advanced to the semifinals following a 9-2 victory over No. 6 Homestead on Saturday at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

The Vikings (26-9) will play No. 2 Mitty (25-5-1) in the semifinals on Wednesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium at 7 p.m.

Mitty bounced Valley Christian, 3-2. The other semifinal, at 4 p.m., will match No. 5 San Benito (21-8) against No. 8 Salinas (19-9-1). San Benito eliminated No. 4 Wilcox, 1-0, while Salinas ousted No. 16 Carlmont, 2-1.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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