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.