In a cross-town battle, Palo Alto National defeated Palo Alto American 9-2 in the District 52 All Star Tournament this morning. This puts Palo Alto National in the elimination bracket championship game Sunday at 11AM against San Carlos, playing for the right to face Hillsborough in the tournament championship game to be played on Monday evening.
The first two innings featured solid pitching and sparkling defense on both sides, but the 0-0 tie was broken by Owen Lewis in the top of the 3rd when he drove a fastball over the left field fence, bringing in two of his teammates to make the score 3-0 for the Nationals.
Later in the game, David Oyer also homered with 2 on. Peter Verheecke pitched two innings, giving up a solo homer, then Oyer pitched the 5th and part of the 6th for the National squad, also surrendering a solo homer to the Americans.
Alec Wong finished the game for the Nationals on the mound, moving in from his usual spot at shortstop, where he turned in another game of brilliant defense.
Clay Carey had a home run stolen in the top of the 5th, thanks to great play made by American's right fielder, E Johnson, who leaped and reached over the fence to grab Carey's hard-hit line drive.
PA National plays Sunday at 11AM against San Carlos, who upset San Mateo National 5-0 in the other consolation bracket game Saturday morning.