The Palo Alto Oaks had plenty of chances to break through but could not find the big hit, falling to the Braintree White Sox, 3-0, in the second round of the Stan Musial World Series Thursday at Baseball USA in Houston.
Palo Alto grad Evan Warner had three hits, including a double, in the game, but Braintree pitching kept the Oaks off the scoreboard. White Sox starter C.J. Hillyer was the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year last season.
Oaks' relief pitchers Matt Simpson and Jason Kafka combined to keep Braintree scoreless after the fourth inning. Vince Gutierrez had two hits, including a double.
White Sox first baseman Frank Curreri, who played in the Tampa Bay Rays organization at the Triple-A level in 2008, recorded two hits and drove in two runs.
Hillyer, Chris Welch and Tyler Christian combined for a seven-hitter. They struck out eight and walked five.
The Oaks had at least two runners on in each of the final two innings. They had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth and two on in the ninth. All five runners were stranded. Palo Alto left 11 runners on base.
With one out in the fourth, Guitirrez doubled, Mike Reiling was hit by a pitch and Greg Matson walked to load the bases. Grant Nelson struck out and Will Klein lined out.
The Oaks met the Lombard Orioles in an elimination game on Friday.