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LIttle League: M-A 11-12s advance

 

Bret Rodrigues and David Farnham each hit home runs to spark Menlo-Atherton to a 5-2 win over San Mateo National in the District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 all-star tournament at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark on Thursday night.

The teams were tied at 2 until the top of the fourth when Menlo-Atherton scored three times. Cole Hagerman started the rally with a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with a double. Rodrigues then slammed a two-run homer over the right-field fence for a 4-2 lead. Farnham followed with a solo shot for the final score.

Menlo Atherton will play either Hillsborough or Redwood City National on Sunday in another consolation-bracket game at 12:30 p.m.

In Thursday's other game at Middlefield, Foster City eliminated Pacifica American, 12-2.

In Belmont, Palo Alto National saw its run in the District 52 Little League Majors 10-11 all-star tournament end in a 2-1 loss to host Belmont/Redwood Shores on Thursday at the Belmont Sports Complex. The loss eliminated Palo Alto, which suffered 12 strikeouts at the hand of Zane Vanarsdel.

Palo Alto scored an unearned run in the top of the first when Ole Erickson came home on an error. National missed out on a possible run in the fourth after Eli Sorensen smacked a leadoff double but was called out for an illegal slide.

Palo Alto National starter Jonathan Gottlieb struck out nine while allowing just five hits and a walk.

2011 DISTRICT 52 MAJORS 11-12 LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT

At Middlefield Ballpark, June 24-July 13

(Updated at 9:58 a.m. on 6-30)

FRIDAY, June 24

Game 1 -- Palo Alto American 14, Ravenswood 1

Game 2 -- Half Moon Bay 7, Menlo-Atherton 3

SATURDAY, June 25

Game 3 -- Alpine-West Menlo 13, San Mateo National 8

Game 4 -- San Carlos American 7, San Mateo American 2

Game 5 -- Belmont-Redwood Shores 11, Highlanders 8

SUNDAY, June 26

Game 6 -- San Carlos National 15, Redwood City American 2

Game 7 -- Hillsborough 3, Foster City 1

Game 8 -- Redwood City National 6, Pacifica American 5

Game 9 -- Palo Alto National 7, Palo Alto American 1

MONDAY, June 27

Game 10 -- San Mateo National 17, Ravenswood 0 (Ravenswood eliminated)

TUESDAY, June 28

All games rained out

WEDNESDAY, June 29

Game 11 -- San Mateo American 14, Highlanders 1

Game 12 -- Palo Alto American 9, Redwood City American 4

THURSDAY, June 30

Game 13 -- Foster City 12, Pacifica American 2

Game 14 -- Menlo-Atherton 5, San Mateo National 2

FRIDAY, July 1

Game 15 -- Half Moon Bay vs. Alpine-West Menlo, 5 p.m.

Game 16 -- San Carlos American vs. Belmont-Redwood Shores, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 2

Game 17 -- San Carlos National vs. Palo Alto National, 10 a.m.

Game 18 -- Hillsborough vs. Redwood City National, 12:30 p.m.

Game 19 -- Game 15 loser vs. Game 13 winner, 3 p.m.

Game 20 -- Game 16 loser vs. Palo Alto American, 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 3

Game 21 -- Game 17 loser vs. San Mateo American, 10 a.m.

Game 22 -- Game 18 loser vs. Menlo-Atherton, 12:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, July 5

Game 23 -- Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 24 -- Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 6

Game 25 -- Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 26 -- Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, July 7

Game 27 -- Game 24 winner vs. Game 23 winner, 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, July 8

Game 28 -- Game 25 winner vs. Game 23 loser, 5 p.m.

Game 29 -- Game 26 winner vs. Game 24 loser, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 9

Game 30 -- Game 28 winner vs. Game 29 winner, 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 10

Game 31 -- Game 30 winner vs. Game 27 loser, 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, July 11

Game 32 -- Game 27 winner vs. Game 31 winner, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, July 13

Game 33 -- Challenge game, if necessary, 7 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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