The Burlingame High baseball team secured a share of second place in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division with a 4-1 win over visiting Menlo-Atherton in a regular-season finale on Friday afternoon.
The Panthers, who earned one of the PAL Bay’s four automatic berths in the Central Coast Section playoffs, now turn their attention toward defending their Division II championship. The postseason seeds will be announced on Saturday, and the first round begins on Wednesday.
Burlingame (16-11, 9-5 PAL Bay) turned to what has been a winning formula for much of the year in its finale: great pitching and (barely) enough offense. The Panthers managed three hits against M-A (15-12, 5-9), including just one after the first inning, but ace Zac Grotz (7-1) hasn’t needed much support this season.
The right-hander allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He now boasts a 1.16 ERA. Dean Ferrari, who singled home the first run in a three-run first that included two M-A errors, threw a scoreless seventh to pocket his second save.
A year after sharing the PAL Bay title with Carlmont, Burlingame again finished tied with the Scots (18-8, 9-5), this time two games back of first-time champion El Camino (15-10-1, 11-3). (10-15-1, 4-10).
over last-place Aragon (9-16-2, 3-11) to pocket the Bay’s final CCS berth.
Terra Nova (14-11-1, 7-7), a 10-6 loser to El Camino, .