Palo Alto Oaks open baseball season with a sweep

The Palo Alto Oaks opened their summer semi-pro baseball season by winning both games of a doubleheader with the San Mateo Rounders on Sunday at Baylands Athletic Center, 11-1 and 14-2.

The first game ended via the mercy rule in the seventh as the Oaks piled up a 10-run lead. Gunn High graduate Graham Fisher entered his first game as an Oak as the starting pitcher and picked up the win, allowing only one run in four solid innings before turning the game over to Will Nahmens (Sacred Heart Prep), who finished the game.

Palo Alto's hitting took little time to find it's stride as the Oaks scored seven runs in the first two innings. Another newcomer to the team, lead-off hitter and right fielder Kevin Cali, reached base his first four times at bat and ended the game 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.

Not to be outdone, veteran Sheldon Daquioag had four hits in five at-bats with a double and three runs scored. In all, the Oaks had 14 hits and played solid defense -- considering that much of the team had never played together before.

In Game 2, the Oaks romped to an easy victory in seven innings. In an effort to ease the pitchers into the summer season, four Oaks contributed to the win. Combining for the victory were pitchers Dominic Hernandez, Jacob Naval, Ricky Navarro and Gilbert Guerra. This group allowed no hits and only two batters over the minimum in the first six innings.

The Rounders were able to make some noise in the seventh by scoring two runs on two hits, although the runs were unearned after a couple errors by Palo Alto. Cali and Daquioag again contributed mightily to the offense as Cali had four hits and two RBI with Daquioag adding three hits -- including two triples and a double -- and finished with three RBI. The big blast was a three-run homer by Fisher, who played first base after pitching in Game 1.

Palo Alto next will host the Oakland Oaks in a doubleheader at Baylands on Sunday, starting at 11:30 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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