If he were old enough, Shiva Bucklin could have driven the Palo Alto National all-star team bus. He did just about everything else Sunday.
Bucklin drove in five runs on a double and home run and threw three scoreless innings in Palo Alto National's 11-0 victory over Ravenswood in a first round game of the District 52 Little League 12-year-old all-star tournament at the Belmont Sports Complex.
Palo Alto National comes back Monday to face Hillsborough at 7:30 p.m. in Belmont.
Ravenswood plays again on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Redwood City West.
It was a 3-0 ballgame until Palo Alto struck for seven runs in the third inning, which included Bucklin's home run.
Bucklin and Joshua Kasevich combined on a two-hitter, with nine strikeouts. Bucklin was the winning pitcher.
Kasevich also doubled and hit a home run for Palo Alto.
Maxfield Fung-Goldberg added an RBI double while Will Roth, Alemayo Kassa and Jason Shorin also collected hits.
For Ravenswood, Lei Aholeilei and Lauese collected hits.
In a winner's bracket game, Alpine West Menlo ran into a hot pitcher, falling to Redwood City East, 8-1.
Alpine plays again on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The opponent is the winner of Wednesday's Ravenswood-Redwood City West contest.
Scott Nelson broke up Redwood City East's no-hit bid with a sharp single with two outs in the top of the sixth.
Cole Gabrielson scored Alpine's only run in the top of the first. He walked and eventually came home on a wild pitch.
The tournament runs through July 10, with a possible challenge game on July 11. All games are played at the Belmont Sports Complex.