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Baseball, coasting in league, preps for CCS playoff game

All good things must come to an end for the Palo Alto High School baseball team. Their winning streak was no exception. In a stretch of nearly a month, the Vikings went undefeated, dominating ine games in a row with season sweeps over Homestead High School, Saratoga High School and Los Gatos High School. Highlights of the streak include a 6-1 win over crosstown rival Gunn High School and a blowout victory over Leland High, with the score of 12-2.

Currently, the Vikings stand at the top of their league at a 10-1 record, the lone loss from their recent game against Mountain View, where they lost 2-3.

They have improved to a fantastic overall 17-4 record and a winning percentage of 0.810, also best in the league. The teams expects to play even better later in the season.

The Vikes have also lead the league in runs with 123 total, and have the league’s lowest count for runs allotted at 55. On the individual end, senior Ethan Stern has the league’s second-highest batting percentage at .457, but has the league’s highest slugging percentage at .714. Stern has 16 hits and 10 runs in 10 games after returning from Paly’s fantastic boy’s basketball season.

The team has a shot at redemption against Mountain View on their game on April 21.

The Vikings finish off their season with a two games against league opponent Los Altos High and one game against St. Francis High. They have yet to play against either of them.

With their season coming to a close, the Paly baseball team set their sights on playoffs. As the team has already won the competitive Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), they must have higher goals set. Their goals for this season are to win the Central Coast Sectionals (CCS), a feat that last year’s successful baseball team failed to accomplish.

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