Williams pitched a three-hitter, striking out 11 without a walk, and M-A beat host San Mateo 7-0 in a Peninsula Athletic League opener Tuesday.
Deggeller singled in the bottom of the seventh, capping a wild come-from-behind 10-9 SCVAL victory over visiting Mountain View.
Williams retired 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced, including the first four by strikeout. The Bears made it interesting for him, committing back-to-back errors to open the fifth. Williams got the next batter on a flyout and then induced a double play ball, that he started, to erase the only threat of the day.
Williams also helped himself offensively, driving in three runs on a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run single in the sixth.
John Quinlan had three hits, scored three times and drove in a run. Tommy Eisenstat contributed three hits, including a double, and Will Cronin doubled, singled and drove in a run.
Williams, who took a no-hitter into the sixth, was efficient on the mound, throwing 87 pitches, 65 for strikes (nearly 75%). He used 13 pitches to complete the seventh, which included two strikeouts and two hits.
Just over a year after playing in the CCS Division III championship game, Menlo opened its WBAL season with an 8-0 win over visiting Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday.
Junior Carolina Espinosa converted a penalty kick less than two minutes into the match, and it was all Menlo.
In the first half, senior Stella El-Fishawy added two consecutive goals on assists by Gabby Kogler and finished with five goals.
Espinosa added another goal to start the second half and assisted on another for the Knights.
Ellie El-Fishawy, a sophomore, distributed three assists, including one to her sister Stella. Junior Ayla Seddignezhad got the shutout.
Sydney Adas and Megan Tinsley each scored, and Sacred Heart Prep opened its WBAL season with a 2-0 victory over visiting Priory on Tuesday.
Juliana Rosen assisted on Adas' goal in the eighth minute, and Ellie Brew assisted Tinsley in the 79th minute.
Football: M-A completes undefeated PAL football season
Matt MacLeod completed all seven passes he attempted, two for touchdowns, and Menlo-Atherton concluded an undefeated season by beating visiting The King's Academy, 49-21, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division football contest April 16.
Thomas Taufui, Dwayne Green and Raymond Price III each rushed for a score and Michael Osorio recovered a fumble in the end zone for another touchdown.
Price also threw a touchdown pass, a 34-yarder to Johnny Barbie, as the Bears (5-0) finished the season with an average score of 34-11.
MacLeod threw for 162 yards and rushed for another 41 yards. Green rushed for 43 yards, and Michael McNack added 42.
Price also completed the only pass he attempted and Billy Johnson, the third quarterback used, would have been credited with a completion had there not been a penalty called on the play.
Jeremiah Earby was MacLeod's favorite target, catching a touchdown pass. Juan Pulido connected on all seven of his PAT tries.
Eric Stuart caused the fumble that resulted in Osorio's touchdown, and Jalen Moss returned a kickoff 67 yards to set up another score.
The Bears completed their third consecutive undefeated league season, last losing a PAL contest in November of 2017.
Football: Sacred Heart takes charge of Valpo Bowl in second half
Menlo School made a game of it in the first half before heavily favored Sacred Heart Prep established order in the second half and pulled away for a 28-7 victory Saturday in the 18th edition of the Valparaiso Bowl.
Menlo (4-1) struck first on a hook and ladder play. On third and 17, Sergio Beltran connected with Chris D'Alencon on a 16-yard completion. D'Alencon lateraled to Carter Jung, who streaked down the left sideline to complete a 61-yard scoring play with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
Menlo's defense did a good job of stymieing the SHP offense for much of the first half. But the Gators put together a 75-yard drive late in the second quarter that culminated with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Purcell to Zach Freire to make it 7-7 at halftime.
The second half was a different story.
"It was really just the attitude,'' SHP coach Mark Grieb said. "We started slow. Menlo had a great game plan against us. Attacking them and finding a running game changed the whole complexion of the game.''
SHP (5-1) took the second-half kickoff and went 67 yards in six plays to take the lead on a 3-yard run by Andrew Latu. Purcell hit Will Mackie for 21 yards and Beck Anderson for 33 yards on the drive.
Then SHP attempted an onside kick, recovered it, and went 49 yards in seven plays — all on the ground. Latu's 4-yard run made it a two-touchdown lead.
"They did a couple things we weren't expecting in the first half,'' Purcell said. "We changed up our attack with some double moves and a lot of running up the middle in the second half.''
An interception by Ryan Wong gave the ball back to the Gators, and they scored their third touchdown in three second-half possessions when Paul Barton raced 29 yards on a reverse on the first play of the fourth quarter. Jonathan Martinez's PAT made the score 28-7, which held up.
Beltran completed 17 of 28 passes for 236 yards. But the Menlo ground game, which head coach Todd Smith considered important to his team's chances of pulling off an upset, was held to a net 12 yards.
"We did a good job on defense in the first half,'' Smith said. "(Purcell) was very uncomfortable in the pocket. They found a chink in our armor and scored late. They were the better football team in the second half.''
After a 3-7 season in 2019, Menlo won all four games it played against Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division competition this season before losing to SHP of the PAL Bay.
"Gratification doesn't come from going 4-1,'' Smith said. "Gratification comes from what the kids had to go through, the obstacles they overcame with COVID and six sophomores playing.''
The Gators rushed for 153 yards. Alec Tonas led the way with 56 yards on 12 carries.
"He came up huge,'' Grieb said of Tonas. "We had an emotional victory last week (a 29-26 win over Half Moon Bay decided in the final seconds) and it was hard to get fired up, even for this being the Valpo game. But our team rose to the challenge, like they have all year. I'm real proud.''
Will there be CCS playoffs?
Central Coast Section playoffs, once thought to be an extremely unlikely possibility, are now expected to take place for most Season Two sports.
This change came about as the result of a California Department of Public Health directive issued earlier this month that allowed high school sports teams to play teams from anywhere in the state, rather than only within their own or adjacent counties.
Now section playoffs can theoretically take place at a central location.
"I think team sports will all happen,'' CCS commissioner Dave Grissom said in a phone interview this week.
Grissom made a presentation to the CCS board of managers last week and will need to do so again at an executive committee meeting April 26. He doesn't expect opposition.
"I think everyone feels, if we can pull this off let's do it,'' Grissom said.
Individual sports face bigger obstacles than team sports. Wrestling and badminton are unlikely to happen at all.
"The guidance prevents playing multiple opponents on the same day, which is what happens with wrestling and badminton,'' Grissom said. "If you win one match you go on and face someone from another school in the next round. That being said I could make the argument that two wrestlers on a mat might not pose as much of a risk as 11-on-11 football.''
Section championships for other individual sports, such as track and swimming, have the chance to take place, but face complicating factors.
"We would blanket the premises in swimming with 100 schools if given approval,'' Grissom said.
There will be no playoffs for Season One sports — football, girls volleyball, water polo, field hockey, cross country and competitive cheer.
Not all schools are expected to take part. Even with a qualifying team or individual, a school might decide enough is enough and vote not to take part in playoffs, which are scheduled after the school year concludes.
This is a particular issue in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, which departed from the section's two-season model to create its own three-season schedule. The league set up that three-sport structure in an effort to be fair to all sports and to give all athletes an equal amount of time to compete. The decision was made when all of the Bay Area was deep in the purple tier and the prospects for section and state playoffs appeared dim.
The league also faces possible issues with Title IX after moving girls tennis and girls golf into Season One.
The league's decision to prioritize regular season, rather than postseason play, has drawn opposition from some teams in the league.
"This team we have this year really deserves to go to CCS after missing out last year due to COVID,'' Palo Alto baseball coach Pete Fukuhara said. "I want to coach as many games with this team as I can.''
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