Palo Alto Oaks' Campbell just misses a no-hitter in sweep


Matt Campbell was at his best as he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Fontenetti Athletics on Sunday in Western Baseball Association semipro action at Baylands Athletic Center.

With one out, however, Campbell surrendered a bloop single. That was it for Fontanetti's as the Oaks went on to post an 8-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

Palo Alto came back to complete its four sweep of the season with an 11-3 victory while improving to 8-0 this summer season.

Campbell finished with a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Oaks continued their impressive start.

The Oaks got things going in Game 1 when Paly grad Evan Warner singled and Allen Stiles followed with another in the first inning. Alex Sortwell walked and that brought up Bryan Beres with the bags full and nobody out. Beres lined a double to right-center to knock in Warner and Stiles.

A fielder's choice by Vince Gutierrez plated Sortwell and that was followed by an RBI single by Anthony Bona, who finished 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Game 1.

In the second game, Brant Norlander improved to 3-0 with five innings of work. He surrendered two runs in the first inning but settled down and blanked the A's after that while striking out 11 in his five innings of work.

Graham Rodriguez pitched the final two innings, giving up one run and striking out four.

The Oaks broke it open in the fourth when Brian Maihack and Warner walked. Stiles then launched a triple over the center fielder's head to score both. Stiles scored on a fielder's choice by Gutierrez. With one out, Bona doubled to straight away center and scored on a single by Sam Wilkens.

The Oaks scored again in the fourth when Will Klein led off with a triple to right-center. Warner plated Klein with a sacrifice fly.

In the sixth inning, Gunn Greg Matson led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Klein. Maihack plated Matson with a single and Warner brought home Klein with another single. Maihack scored when Stiles hit into a double play.

The Oaks weren't done, in the final frame, Bona singled (which ended his day a perfect 6-for-6 with a walk and HBP) to lead off the inning. After a fly out, Wilkens singled and that was followed by Matson getting hit by a pitch. Klein then singled sharply to knock in Bona and Wilkens. Maihack singled in Matson to conclude the scoring for the Oaks.

Will Klein had a single, double, and triple in the contest.

Western Baseball Association

At Baylands Athletic Center

First game

Fontanetti A's 001 000 000 -- 1 1 1

Palo Alto Oaks 400 012 10x -- 8 13 5

WP -- Matt Campbell (3-0, 10 strikeouts). LP -- Hawthorn.

2B -- Beres, Bona (PA). 4 hits - Bona (PA). 2 hits -- Stiles, Beres, Klein (PA). 3 RBI -- Bona (PA). 2 RBI -- Beres (PA).

Records: Palo Alto Oaks 7-0

Second game

Palo Alto Oaks 004 103 3 -- 11 12 1

Fontanetti A's 200 001 0 -- 3 3 0

WP -- Brant Norlander (3-0, 11 strikeouts). LP -- Cody.

HR -- Chris (F). 2B -- Bona, Klein (PA); Kyle (F). 3 hits - Klein (PA). 2 hits - Stiles, Bona, Wilkens, Maihack (PA).

Records: Palo Alto Oaks 8-0

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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