Strotman starts on path toward big-league career

Courtesy of Drew Strotman
Drew Strotman makes his professional debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Homestead High graduate was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last month.

Drew Strotman’s foray into pitching started innocently enough. When Homestead High’s junior-varsity baseball team faced an arms shortage near the end of his sophomore season, the first-year coaching staff asked: “Who can pitch?”

Strotman – who hadn’t taken the mound since Little League – didn’t consider volunteering until a teammate did.

Great Knights

Courtesy of Justin Nam
Members of the Menlo School baseball team, including three local residents, celebrate their Central Coast Section championship. Pictured, from left, are Griff McGarry, Justin Nam (Los Altos Hills), Nolan Peterson, Chandler Yu (Mountain View), Zack Hurwitz and Justin Kasser (Los Altos).

As a freshman last year, Justin Nam didn’t get to contribute much to Menlo School’s Central Coast Section Division II championship baseball team. This year, however, the Los Altos Hills resident played a significant role in the Knights’ successful defense of the title.

The infielder and relief pitcher was twice called upon to get the final out in the playoffs, and he took care of business in both one-run games.

Underdog Los Altos overwhelmed by top seed Westmont in CCS final

Town Crier file photo
Ryan Buchner produced one of the Eagles’ five hits, a double, against Westmont.

Los Altos High baseball coach Gabe Stewart described Westmont as “a beast in the playoffs” – one that the Eagles couldn’t tame in the Central Coast Section Division I final.

The top-seeded Warriors walloped Los Altos 8-1 in the May 27 title game at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Eagles outlast Chargers in semis

Town Crier file photo
Max Higareda played an integral role in Los Altos High’s CCS semifinal win over Wilcox Thursday. He had three hits and scored two runs – including the game-winner in the eighth.

It took the Los Altos High baseball team eight innings and some heroics from one of its quietest batters of the day to defeat Wilcox 4-3 in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals Thursday at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Ryan Baum – 0-for-3 before his final at-bat – saved his best for last, hitting a walk-off single to score Max Higareda and send the seventh-seeded Eagles to Saturday’s championship game against No. 1 Westmont (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

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