Campbell pitches Oaks to a 1-0 win on first day of national tourney


Evan Warner, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth inning, drove in the game's only run on a fielder's choice in the top of the ninth inning as the Palo Alto Oaks opened the Stan Musial World Series with a 1-0 victory over the host team Northwest Wildcats Wednesday at Baseball USA in Houston.

Matt Campbell weaved in and out of trouble all night in tossing a three-hitter. He struck out seven and walked five. Campbell threw 130 pitches to complete the game.

Mike Reiling had two hits, including a double, for the Oaks. Tyler Finley added a double.

Reiling sparked the winning rally, reaching on an infield single to open the final frame. Vince Guitierrez beat out a bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs. Reiling was forced at third but Nick Schulz reached base on a throwing error to load the bases.

The Wildcats played for the double play and Warner hit a sharp grounder that was misplayed, allowing Guitierrez to score the unearned run.

Greg Matson followed with a line drive off relief pitcher Tyler Duffey that was turned into an inning-inning double play.

Campbell made it stand up by striking out the first two hitters in the ninth before walking a batter. Michael Fuda hit a drive to center that Warner hauled in to end the day.

The Oaks (21-1-1) play the Braintree White Sox on Thursday in the second round of the double elimination tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by oaks fan
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on Aug 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Go OAKS!! Way to go, beating the host team and two time champs. Good luck tonight and NEVER QUIT.

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Posted by Steve Herrera
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on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

I grew up with Coach Steve Espinosa playing baseball all day every day in the summer. He was the most natural ball player out there and everyone wanted him on their team. I love the fact that he is still in the game passing on to these kids his knowledge and leading them to the pinnacle of their league. Go Oaks!

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