Due to an SCVAL directive to suspend contests for the immediate future, Thursday may have been the last game in a while for the Los Altos baseball team. If so, it was a fantastic effort to go into a hiatus.
The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead against a good Leland team and never looked back en route to a 12-4 win.
In the first inning, Aidan Brenner led off with a single. After Aaron Parker walked with one out and error at third advanced both runners. Connor Altinger walked to force in Brenner and Matt Leong hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Parker to make it 2-0. The floodgates opened in the second inning with one out.
Peter Daseking singled, Brenner was hit by a pitch, and after a fly out Parker was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brennan Hanley hit a 0-1 pitch for a double to left center to knock in Daseking and Brenner to make it 4-0. Altinger then hit a two out single to score Parker and Hanley to make it 6-0. Leong doubled on a 2-2 pitch to knock in Altinger for a 7-0 advantage. After an error, two more runs came across to make it 9-0 and chased Leland starter Calvin Hsiao.
"It is disappointing that we are playing so well and we want to keep the momentum going, but as everyone understands there are larger factors and more important concerns to be considered," said Los Altos coach Gabe Stewart. "Hopefully there will be more games in the future, but certainly not at the cost of safety and the common concern. Still a great win against a great program such as Leland that we at Los Altos respect so much. Our players are doing a great job."
The Eagles were able to tack on two runs in the third as Brock Susko singled and was brought home on Parker's 1-2 shot to left center for a 11-0 lead. That was more than enough for starter Colby Cook, who threw five innings of one run ball.
Leland scored three runs in the seventh as Cance Owen singled, Lucas Mirizzi hit his second double of the day, was promptly doubled home by Kekoa Lopez and Lopez came home on an error. The rally would come up short as a force out at second from Susko to Altinger ended the game.