Oaks remain alive in Stan Musial World Series


Mike Reiling and Grant Nelson each hit a home run, Tyler Duran pitched five solid innings of relief and the Palo Alto Oaks beat the Lombard Orioles, 6-5, in the Stan Musial World Series on Friday at Baseball USA in Houston.

Shane Parsons added two hits and drove in two runs for the Oaks, who clinched at least a fourth-place finish in their first ever trip to the World Series.

Palo Alto (2-1, 22-2-1) was scheduled to meet defending champion Bayamon Vaqueros on Saturday. The Vaqueros are the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament. The Oaks, meanwhile, are again facing elimination.

The Oaks took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third, but the Orioles got to starter Blake McFarland and tied the game in the fourth.

Duran held Lombard to a run on three hits over five innings to earn the win.

The Oaks scored all six of their runs against starter and loser Matt Erickson, who allowed nine hits and walked three over 5 2/3 innings.

Reiling finished the day 3-for-5, with two RBI and three runs scored. He's hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of doubles for the tournament.

The Braintree White Sox and Canton Stallions meet in the other semifinal.

Alaskan League

Stanford sophomore Jake Stewart finished his season with the Alaska Goldpanners with a .270 batting average (20-for-74), a home run and 11 RBI.

The Goldpanners completed their season with a record of 35-24.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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