The Palo Alto Oaks are off to a 4-0 start to the summer baseball season after sweeping a doubleheader from the San Jose Baysox on Sunday at Baylands Athletic Center. Palo Alto took Game 1 by a 7-4 scored and came back to finish the sweep with a 13-2 victory.
Brant Norlander picked up his second pitching win with six innings of work in the opener. He gave up one run and struck out nine. Palo Alto High grad Jason Kleinhoffer pitched the seventh and eighth innings and gave up a couple runs and struck out two. Tyler Duran closed out the ninth and struck out two.
Allen Stiles and Danny Stienstra each had three hits and Menlo-Atherton grad Tyler Finley and Sam Wilkins each had two-run doubles. Nick Borg added two sacrifice flies.
In Game 2, Gunn grad Greg Matson also picked up his second victory with five innings of work. Matson gave up one earned run while striking out two. Graham Rodriguez pitched the sixth and final inning while allowing no runs or hits.
Anthony Bona was on base four times for the Oaks, reaching twice by being hit by a pitch, walking once, and getting a two-run double. Bona also scored three times. Bryan Beres had a homerun and double to go along with a sacrifice fly to knock in four runs. Paly grad Evan Warner, Stienstra, Beres, and Borg all had two hits for the Oaks.
The Oaks will host the El Cerrito A's on Sunday at Baylands starting at 11:30 a.m.
The Menlo Park Legends (3-2) spent the weekend in Santa Maria and took one of three games from the Santa Maria Packers. After dropping the opening games 10-5 and 3-2, the Legends salvaged their trip with an 8-6 win on Sunday.
Menlo Park played shorthanded as only 14 players were able to make the trip, including only four pitchers.
Menlo-Atherton grad Skylar Brewer hit two home runs during the weekend for Menlo Park.
At Baylands Athletic Center
San Jose Baysox 100 000 200 -- 3 11 0
Palo Alto Oaks 002 0410 00x -- 7 10 0
WP -- Norlander (2-0). LP -- Willard
2B -- Crowell, Garcia (SJ); Finley, Wilkins (PA). 3 hits -- Stiles, Stienstra (PA). 2 hits -- Crowell, Garcia, Birrell, Cook(SJ); Wilkins (PA).
Palo Alto Oaks 222 025 -- 13 13 2
San Jose Baysox 011 000 -- 2 6 2
WP -- Matson (2-0). LP -- Crowell.
HR -- Beres (PA); Xavier (SJ). 2B -- Stiles, Bona, Beres, Finley (PA). 2 hits -- Warner, Stienstra, Borg, Beres (PA); Xavier (SJ).