Bryan Beres smacked a grand slam and drove in six runs to power the Palo Alto Oaks to a 10-0 baseball victory over the Pasadena Redbirds in the second round of the West Region Tournament on Friday at Canada College in Redwood City.
The Oaks (19-1-2) pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Oakland Expos in the tournament opener at Menlo College on Friday morning.
The two victories puts Palo Alto into the championship game on Saturday at Canada at 2 p.m. The Oaks will face the winner of the Oakland Expos-Pasadena Redbirds game, which will be held at Canada at 10 a.m. The Oaks will have to lose twice to be denied the title. A challenge game would be Sunday at Canada at 11 a.m.
A championship will put the Oaks into the World Series, which will be held Aug. 13-15 in Huntsville, Texas. Palo Alto has never played in the World Series in the 50-plus year history of the program.
Beres had an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a grand slam and then a run-scoring double for his big day. Allen Stiles, who was the MVP of the AABC NorCal State Tournament last weekend, was 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scores.
Matt Campbell was the winning pitcher in the second-round game, which was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Brant Norlander will be the Oaks' starter on Saturday. Palo Alto manager Steve Espinoza has plenty of pitching left, should the double-elimination event go to a challenge game on Sunday.
In Friday's opener, Palo Alto trailed by three runs heading into the bottom of the sixth in the scheduled seven-inning game. The Oaks, as they have all season, rallied with four runs to take the lead. After giving up a run in the top of the seventh. the Oaks came right back to score the winner.