Oaks suffer first baseball loss after winning nine in row

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.

Emerging staff ace Ricky Navarro started and claimed the victory in Game 1, throwing seven strong innings while yielding only one unearned run on six hits and two walks. Gilbert Guerra finished the final two innings, allowing no runs or hits.

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.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Jon Parsons
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:27 am

Despite having a great team the word is the Oaks may not be around much longer. Good to try and catch Sunday's game.

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Posted by Oaks fan
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

Let's not hang the funeral wreath too early, Mr. Parsons. There is a lot in the works for the Oaks and their future isn't as dire as you think. But DO watch the games!!

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