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Breakers got a break when, with two outs, Menlo shortstop Mikey Diekroeger couldn’t come up with a slow roller for the final out. Pacific Grove took advantage as the next five hitters reached base safely and PG grabbed a 6-4 lead. Menlo responded to the deficit when Avis led off the fourth with a towering home run over the rightfield fence for a 6-5 game. Avis just missed hitting a homer in the second, but the fly ball drifted down the right-field line and landed foul in the bullpen. Avis wound up striking out. Menlo tied the game at 6 in the fifth inning on a walk to Marcus, a bloop single to right by senior Carson Badger and a fielder’s choice by Graham Stratford, which scored Marcus. Despite getting back in the game, the momentum shift for Menlo was short-lived after Batchelder had to leave the game — reaching his five-inning limit after pitching five frames in an 8-2 semifinal win over Monte Vista Christian in the semifinals. Schoof, however, couldn’t bring in Avis to close out the Breakers. Avis, who couldn’t pitch in the semifinals due to illness and tightness in his throwing arm, was still unavailable for anything but DH duty. Projected as a possible high pick in the upcoming MLB draft or destined for a solid career at Stanford, it was too much for Schoof to risk by having Avis throw. Instead, Schoof brought in Marcus, his junior starting catcher. While Marcus had thrown a onehitter with 13 strikeouts in the quarterfinals, he had limited pitching experience. And this, after all, was the biggest game of his career. Marcus started the sixth and gave up a leadoff single. It got worse for Marcus after that with a stolen base, some walks and a sacrifice fly that gave Pacific Grove an 8-6 lead. Menlo tried to bounce back in the bottom of the sixth when senior Chris Zeisler walked with one out. On a grounder by Batchelder, however, Zeisler was called for obstruction as he slid into second base. Batchelder also was called out on the play, ending a potential threat. Schoof came out to protest, but to no avail. Marcus continued to struggle with his control in the seventh, loading the bases. A walk and another balk call made it 10-6 and Menlo’s dream was over. It was a tough finish for the Knights, who started four sophomores on Saturday — Diekroeger, Stratford, King and Crowder. Not having Avis available to pitch also was crucial. The Stanfordbound senior, who throws his fastball in the 90-94 mph range, had been the winning pitcher in Menlo’s past two championship games and could have been again had he been available. He departs along with Zeisler, Badger, Julian Ryles, Marc Adler, Batchelder and Mayer. The seniors helped compile a four-year record of 98-26, four straight appearances in the CCS playoffs, two titles and one second-place finish. N

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The versatile sophomore ran a personal best of 56.68 to finish third in the 400 meters at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships, earning her a trip to her first-ever CIF State Meet.

The junior won the 100 in 10.81, took the 200 in 21.84 and anchored the 400 relay team to first place in a school record of 41.56 as the Vikings won their first-ever CCS team title in track and field.

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Honorable mention Jonathan Alee Palo Alto track & field

Freddy Avis Menlo baseball

George Baier Menlo-Atherton track & field

Jake Batchelder Menlo baseball

B.J. Boyd Palo Alto baseball

Tremaine Kirkman Palo Alto track & field

Austin Marcus Menlo baseball

Jayshawn Gates-Mouton Palo Alto track & field

Morris Gates-Mouton Palo Alto track & field

Nikolai Solgaard Menlo track & field

Nick Sullivan Palo Alto track & field

Chris Zeisler Menlo baseball * previous winner

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Stanford roundup (continued from previous page)

postseason play. The All-American duo did not drop a set and surrendered four games or more in a set twice. After cruising to a 6-2 victory in the first set, Burdette and Gibbs moved ahead 3-1 in the second set. Georgia’s duo of Gilchrist and Gullickson managed to hang close, creeping to within 4-3 and 5-4. Burdette and Gibbs then broke serve and locked up the second set at 6-4 to secure the championship. On Sunday, Stanford senior Bradley Klahn dropped his semifinal match to top-ranked and top-seeded Steve Johnson of USC, who successfully defended his national title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kentucky’s Eric Quigley on Monday. Women’s golf Caroline O’Connor has resigned her position as Stanford’s head coach after 17 seasons. Stanford made 15 trips to the NCAA Championships during O’Connor’s tenure, including three top-five finishes. In 2000, Stanford finished second at the champion-

ships, marking the program’s best national finish in school history. Stanford also placed fourth in 1997 and fifth in 2007. Synchronized swimming Stanford synchronized swimming head coach Heather Olson has announced her retiring from coaching as of Sept. 1, 2012. Current Stanford assistant coach Sara Lowe will take over the reigns as head coach for the Cardinal. Women’s volleyball Stanford last won an NCAA championship in 2004. Head coach John Dunning hopes his latest recruiting will bring the Cardinal another in short order. Dunning has five freshmen that will join the team this fall and help it contend for a Pac12 championship and the program’s seventh NCAA title. Moreover, the class is rated No. 1 in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. The group includes Mountain View grad and All-American Brittany Howard, Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year Inky Ajanaku, two-time North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year Madi Bugg, National Gatorade Player of the Year Jordan Burgess and All-American Megan McGehee. N ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠÂŁ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 39

Palo Alto Weekly 06.01.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 1, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly