Palo Alto Oaks advance to championship game

Semipro baseball team is a victory away from qualifying for the World Series

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.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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on Aug 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Calling All Palo Alto Oaks, Players, Fans, Friends and Family!

The Palo Alto Oaks semi-professional baseball team has qualified for the Stan Musial World Series for the first time in the program’s 60 year history. The tournament begins August 11 in Houston, Texas. While we are thrilled to participate, the last minute travel expenses will be difficult to cover. If you are interested in supporting the Oaks’ participation in this historic event, please contact Head Coach Steve Espinoza at or make your check payable to “Palo Alto Oaks” and send it to the Palo Alto Oaks c/o 1860 Wagner Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043. All of us with the Palo Alto Oaks organization appreciate your support. Go Oaks!

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