After suffering two tough losses to open its season, the Menlo-Atherton baseball team took the lead in the top of the first inning and never relinquished it in a 6-1 nonleague victory over host Menlo School on Monday.
John Quinlan scored the first run of the game after walking, stealing second and reaching third when Tommy Eisenstat walked to load the bases. He scored as Menlo completed a double play.
Quinlan later hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run during M-A’s three-run rally in the fourth and tripled home a run in the sixth.
Owen Keep and winning pitcher Griffin Williams each drove in a run for the Bears (1-2), who travel to Mountain View for a nonleague game at St. Francis on Wednesday afternoon. Max Coupe had two hits.
JC Ng drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in Menlo’s run in the fifth. The Knights (1-2) host Woodside in a nonleague game next Monday afternoon.
Williams allowed a run on four hits through four innings. Colin Galles threw two innings, striking out three and Jackson Vontz finished with a hitless inning.
I was all ready to munch on popcorn and watch a few events on NFHS Network on Monday.
The checklist included a Palo Alto vs. Saratoga field hockey match, a Menlo-Atherton vs. Leland boys water polo game and a Palo Alto vs. Monta Vista girls volleyball match.
The wrong camera was turned on for field hockey. I could have watched two hours of Palo Alto football practice but completed a household chore instead.
I watched the entire M-A boys water polo game and I think the Bears won but no score was ever posted and neither team seemed happy at the end of it.
I watched a lot of the pre-game volleyball warmups and again had trouble identifying players. With no announcer, I would be unable to keep track of the score.
Eventually I turned to Maxpreps for the final score.
I must say watching Palo Alto's football victory over Milpitas on Saturday night was entertaining, especially the first quarter.
I'm going to keep watching, just in case I can ever ID the players and keep track of the score. There's a couple of soccer matches coming up and I put them on the list.