When the Los Gatos High School baseball team hits the field on April 29 against Palo Alto, it won’t be just a game.
This is against. Cancer game, proceeds from which will be donated to fight childhood cancer and improve children’s health. The first inning is scheduled for 4 pm in Los Gatos.
“That’s something that’s important to everyone,” Los Gatos coach Justin Oliver said. “I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by this.”
Oliver contacted by Sun. Ruck about holding the game, said Palo Alto coach Pete Fukuhara, was all for it.
“Two communities are coming together for one cause,” Oliver added.
Half of the proceeds will go to Vs. Cancer and the other half donated to the Lucille Packard Foundation, Oliver said, adding that players will be sent yellow socks and bracelets to wear in the game.
Oliver said that two of his four children had health problems at birth, so this reason is personal to his family. His 8-year-old son was born with an enlarged heart and a cerebral hemorrhage, and his 13-year-old daughter was born with supraventricular tachycardia, which is an irregularly fast or erratic heartbeat. Both had lengthy hospital stays after birth before returning home and are doing well now.
Against. Cancer “was created by athletes for athletes, giving them a fundraising platform to fight childhood cancer,” according to its website. “Proceeds help fund lifesaving children’s programs at local hospitals and research into lifesaving pediatric brain tumors.”
The website of the Lucille Packard Children’s Health Foundation states that it is “the sole fundraising organization for Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the child health programs at Stanford University School of Medicine”.
To make a donation visit team.curethekids.org/team/414942.
Last week, the Wildcats split their streak with Wilcox to go out this week with a 6-4 record in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League in the De Anza Division and an 11-12 aggregate score.
On April 20, Los Gatos rebounded from a 6–5 deficit with four runs early in the seventh inning to defeat Wilcox 9–6.
“They brought in (Jesse) Gutierrez, their main arm, to complete the game and we scored four goals,” Oliver said. Gutierrez, a talented southpaw, has moved to San Jose State, according to prepbaseballreport.com.
The Wildcats’ Carter Johnston had a single hit into left field, with forward Jake Boyd immediately following up with a base hit and two runs, including the eventual game winner. Boyd was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the win. Teammate Nick Temple scored two doubles and drove three runs, while Drew Dillehay and Jayden Mena also ran for Los Gatos.
However, on April 22, Gutiérrez was strong on the mound with a total shutout in the game. He allowed only three hits—none in the last three innings—and scored four of seven outs in the last two innings of Wilcox’s 5–0 win. Gutiérrez also only walked two in the win. Only three runs by Wilcox were earned.
Los Gatos High School delayed Wilcox’s visit to win 9-7 on April 20 to improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in the SCVAL De Anza division.
Los Gatos hit seven runs in the third inning to take a 9–4 lead, then held on when Wilcox succumbed to the lead. Alexa Musser was 2 of 4 including a treble and scored for the Wildcats. Teammates Lynsey Chiala and Sarah Sharma each had two hits, including a double, with one run scored and one RBI. Annika Norquist also had two hits and an RBI for Los Gatos.
The Wildcats are scheduled to travel to Homestead for a game on April 29 at 4:00 pm before hosting the Milpitas on May 4, also at 4:00 pm.
Los Gatos High School athletes put on some impressive performances at the Top 8 Central Coast Section on April 22 in Los Gatos.
Wil Brennan won the boys’ 400m in 49.51 seconds, and the Los Gatos boys’ 1600m relay team of Levi Romero, Brady Kamali, Luke Pittock and Brennan also won in 3:23.97. Kamali also placed third in the boys’ high jump (6 feet).
In the girls’ competition, Hannah Slover was first in the high jump (5-6), Nicole Steiner won the shot put (37-2) and Emma Curran was third in the 400m (59.72).