The Palo Alto Oaks made it three weekend sweeps in a row as they won a Western Baseball Association semipro baseball game over the El Cerrito A's and then took a nonleague game from the San Jose Spartans on Sunday at Palo Alto's Baylands Athletic Center.
Palo Alto manager Greg Matson utilized his pitching depth by giving Occidental College's Will Nahmens his first start of the season. Nahmens, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, delivered with a two-hit shutout in the opening game that went just five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. He struck out five and allowed only one walk.
The Oaks were just too much for the A's as they scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and, with the finishing blow, six in the fourth inning while Nahmens held the opponents scoreless.
Sheldon Dadquioag and Matt Kuhl were major offensive contributors for the Oaks, each with multiple hits and RBI.
Game 2 was a nonleague contest versus the San Jose Spartans, a Palomino League team with players ranging in age from 18-20 years old. The game was well-played, with the Spartans exhibiting a high level of skill on the field but ultimately the age, experience and ability of the Oaks made the game somewhat of a mismatch.
Matson again dipped into his pitching depth, this time selecting fellow former Gunn grad Ricky Navarro for his first start. Navarro did not disappoint as he put all zeroes on the scoreboard and claimed the win with his three innings of work. C.J. Hillyer took over for Navarro in the fourth, allowing the only walk in the game. That ultimately turned into an unearned run after a stolen base and a throwing error by the Oaks in the fifth inning. Jacob Naval pitched the final inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest while completing the combined no-hitter.
The Oaks scored early and often with Graham Fisher, Kuhl and Tyler Finley making major, multi-hit contributions to the Oaks' offense.
The Oaks will be back in action this Sunday at Baylands for another semipro doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m.