John Quinlan’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning was the difference in Menlo-Atherton’s 3-1 victory over host El Camino in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division baseball contest Tuesday.
Rowan Barnes reached base on an error to open the ninth. Matt MacLeod, who was M-A’s quarterback in season two, went in to run for Barnes. Reno DiBono doubled with one out, putting two runners aboard.
Ethan Bergan walked to load the bases and Jackson Vontz hit into a fielder’s choice, with MacLeod thrown out at the plate. Quinlan hit the next pitch into right field for the game-winning hit.
Tommy Eisenstat doubled in a run in the top of the first but El Camino responded with its own first-inning run.
El Camino broke a 24-inning scoreless streak for the M-A pitching staff, which entered the game ion the heels of three consecutive shutouts. The Bears have given up one run over their past 33 innings.
M-A starter George Zaharias gave up five hits and walked one in his five innings. He struck out seven. Sean Quinton pitched three scoreless innings to earn the victory, striking out six and not walking a batter.
Will Ryan pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out two, to gain credit for a save.
Quinlan and Eisenstat each collected three hits. Max Coupe and Reno DiBono each added a pair of hits.
The Bears (7-5, 3-0) host El Camino Thursday.
Ben Putney had two hits and drove in two runs but Priory fell to visiting Westmoor, 6-4, in a PAL Lake Division contest. Hudson Karnes and Evan Vagelos each added a pair of hits.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, host Gunn fell to Lynbrook, 9-3.
Annika Shah wasn’t about to dwell on the past. She’s moving forward with the speed of a fast break lay-up.
Shah hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 17 points overall to lead Palo Alto past visiting Saratoga, 67-39, in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest Tuesday.
Shah, who was 6-of-9 from the field during one stretch, also led the team with five steals and matched Elif Turgut with a team-best four assists. Turgut scored 11 points.
Jessica Fiske, who was 3-of-4 from the floor, which included a 3-pointer, led the Vikings (2-2, 1-2) with six rebounds as all 10 players scored and grabbed a rebound.
Kaella Peters and Vivian Wu combined to go 5-of-9 from 3-point range and score 17 points.
Palo Alto travels to San Jose for a game against Valley Christian on Thursday night. The Vikings are scheduled to play their next five games on the road.
Gunn dropped a game at home against Santa Clara, 56-34, Tuesday. The Titans played well and the game was closer than the score indicates.
Gunn was led by Carmel Tong’s 18 points. Zara Wang and Mollie Kuelker each added seven. Gunn will get another chance against Santa Clara on the road Friday night.
After testing the waters in the first half, Menlo went full bore in the second half of a 5-0 WBAL victory over host Harker on Tuesday.
Ilan Listgarten scored on a header, from a crossing pass by Christian Corcoran, for Menlo’s lone goal in the first half.
The Knights (3-0) will host The King's Academy on Thursday.
Corcoran extended the lead with a goal early in the second half and Tor Micaelian scored on a throw-in from senior Luke Appel a minute later.
Senior Steh Nivaggioli and junior Daniel Louie added second-half goals on feeds from Corcoran and Appel.
Menlo School freshman Eric Yun sank a rare double eagle to help Knights earn a 196-221 West Bay Athletic League victory over Crystal Springs Uplands on Tuesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course.
His double-eagle two on the par-5 ninth hole helped him post a 36 to match medalist honors with his senior brother Jeremy Yun.
Senior Troy Demmon was four back with a 40 and junior Marcus Ying shot a 41 for the Knights (2-0).
Juniors Ryan Schaeffer and Saaz Ahuja finished with 43 and 46. K.C. Mungali led the Gryphons with a 36.
Menlo plays Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday at Baylands Golf Links.
Menlo-Atherton mauled visiting Burlingame, 17-3, in a nonleague game Tuesday.