Three Half Moon Bay Little League all-star teams were eliminated from the District 52 tournament last week, though at different junctures.
Young team gets 23 hits in win
The 9- and 10-year-old team went the deepest into the tourney, going 2-2. The tournament ended with a 10-2 loss to Menlo-Atherton, Saturday.
Menlo-Atherton took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Half Moon Bay responded with two in the fourth. Spencer Ladd knocked in both runs with a double.
Menlo-Atherton scored five runs in the bottom of the inning, breaking the game open.
Max Paik threw out a runner attempting to steal third, with Ladd applying the tag. Peter Popiel caught a fly in center. Luca Padua pitched three solid innings. He fielded a ground ball and tagged the runner out. Angelo Molossi singled.
Half Moon Bay qualified for Saturday’s game with a 15-4 win over Pacifica National, Thursday.
Paik went the first five innings, striking out 11 to get the win. Padua struck out the side in the sixth.
He combined with Dwyer Lewis and Ladd to turn a double play in the third inning. The offense collected 23 hits, with Ladd going 5-for-5 and Padua going 4-for-5. Padua, Paik, Ladd, Popiel and David Fisher each scored twice.
11-12 team finishes with 1-2 mark
Half Moon Bay 11- and 12-year-old team was eliminated from the tournament with a 9-3 loss to San Carlos, Friday.
Alex Smith doubled and scored. Jake Quosig singled and knocked in a run. Dawson Campbell knocked in a run. Jared Mansukhani singled. Jack Wilson and Tanner Islander both walked and scored. Drew Zioncheck pitched three innings, allowing one run.
Half Moon Bay made it to Friday’s game following its 4-3 win over Pacifica National, July 2.
Jack Cartwright hit a two-run single. Campbell singled, doubled and drove in a run. Wilson went 2-for-2 and scored. Ward Watts singled and scored. Zioncheck doubled. Smith fired three shutout innings. Noah Gandelman struck out two in two innings. Zioncheck also started a 6-3 double play.
Palladino gets two hits in finale
Half Moon Bay 10- and 11-year-old team fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, and never could come back, losing to 11-3 to Foster City in the loser’s bracket game on July 2.
Half Moon Bay scored in the third as Seth Tanisaki doubled and scored on Justin Garcia’s single. Jon Modena’s single in the fourth scored Garcia and Marek Palladino, cutting the Foster City lead to 5-3. Foster City six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Palladino finished with two hits. Jack Mettam singled.