Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 11, 2014

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OAKS SWEEP AGAIN . . . The Palo Alto Oaks returned to their winning ways by sweeping two games on Sunday from the San Mateo Rounders in Western Baseball Association action at Baylands Athletic Center, 9-7 and 10-0. Palo Alto (11-1) held on to the lead in a very competitive first game before San Mateo melted in the second game, shortened by the 10-run mercy rule. Gunn High grad Graham Fisher started Game 1 and cruised through the first four innings, allowing only one unearned run. The Rounders' bats came alive in the fifth inning, chasing Fisher from the mound. Oaks manager Greg Matson replaced Fisher with Jacob Naval, who finally ended the damage but not before the Rounders had tied the score at 7. The Oaks scored two runs in the sixth inning, making Naval a winner. Sacred Heart Prep grad Will Nahmens took over for Naval and held the Rounders scoreless over the final three innings to earn the save. The Oaks' Casey Thompson led all hitters with three hits, including a double and triple, while driving in three runs. Designated hitter Danny Ordonez contributed two hits, also driving in three runs. In Game 2, Oaks veteran Ricky Navarro (also from Gunn High) pitched a complete-game shutout in a contest that ended after the fifth inning. Navarro allowed only four hits over his five innings of work, striking out four and walking one. The Oaks return to action this Sunday with another doubleheader against longtime rival Fontanetti's, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Sarge Casey Field at Baylands.

BANK OF THE WEST . . . World No. 10 and two-time Grand Slam champion, Victoria Azarenka, has entered the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, set for July 28-Aug. 3 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. The former world No. 1, who will turn 25 on the fourth day of this month's tournament, owns an impressive 17 WTA titles so far in her young career. She joins 10 others from the Top 20 in this year's player field, which include defending champion Dominika Cibulkova and world No. 1 Serena Williams. Azarenka, who enjoyed her third straight Top 3 season in 2013 as she finished second in the world rankings, will be returning to Stanford for the fourth time in her career as she looks to claim her second Bank of the West Classic trophy. She defeated Maria Sharapova back in 2010 for her first BOW title.

USOC HONORS . . . Top performances throughout June earned Stanford grad Eddie Penev the Male Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. Women's Senior National Water Polo Team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced this week. Penev earned two gold medals at the 2014 World Challenge Cup, held May 29-June 1 in Anadia, Portugal. Penev won the floor exercise and vault events with scores of 15.225 and 15.625 to overcome an experienced international field. The U.S. Women's Senior National Team won the gold medal at the FINA World League Super Final, held June 10-14 in Kunshan, China, marking the team's eighth gold medal in 11 appearances. Team USA went undefeated after opening tournament play with an 11-10 victory over Russia and continued to defeat every opponent by at least two goals or more.

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