The streak is over for the Palo Alto Oaks semipro baseball team, which saw its nine-game win streak end in the second game of a doubleheader with Fontanetti's on Sunday at Sarge Casey field at Baylands Athletic Center. The Oaks took the opening game, 3-1, before Fontanetti's won the second game, 2-1, on a walk-off single by pitcher and player-coach Derek Luque.
The Oaks' lineup had a different look this week due to the loss of one player and the acquisition of another.
Outfielder Sheldon Daquioag accepted an invitation to pursue his major league dreams by joining a Canadian Collegiate Summer League team, while former Menlo School standout and Stanford sophomore Freddy Avis joined the Oaks.
Avis is recovering from a redshirt season after a pitching-related shoulder injury in his freshman year at Stanford, so he will be filling the outfield vacancy left by Daquioag.
Avis made a quick impression by tripling in his first at-bat as an Oak. He scored on a double by first baseman Graham Fisher, who then scored on a single by shortstop Sam Wilkins. The Oaks scored an insurance run in the seventh inning, providing Navarro and Guerra all the offense they needed.
Game 2 was another low-scoring affair with Oaks veteran Brant Norlander taking the mound for his first start of the year. The Temple alum threw 4 2/3 innings, yielding just one unearned run and one hit while striking out five.
The Oaks scored their only run of the game when a bases- loaded walk of catcher Gary Ellis drove in Chase Spivey, who had a 2-for2 game at the plate, in addition to a walk.
Fontanetti's took advantage of a walk and an error in the final seventh inning, when Luque singled in the winning run to end the game and claim the pitching win for himself.
The Oaks (9-1) will return to action this Sunday at Baylands with another doubleheader scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start.
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