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Palo Alto Oaks take a 14-0 record into the postseason

 

The Palo Alto Oaks tuned up for defense of their Northern California state title by sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Fontanetti's, 5-0 and 18-5, on Sunday at Baylands Athletic Center. The Oaks wrapped up another regular-season title in the Western Baseball Association (Stan Musial Division) with a 14-0 mark.

The top-seeded Oaks will open postseason play Friday against the NorCal Longhorns, the No. 2 seed out of the Sacrament Rural League, in the opening round of the NorCal State Tournament at Baylands at 10 a.m. Other teams entered include the Norcal Longhorns, Solano Mudcats and the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

After hosting an opener at Baylands, the remaining games will be held at San Jose High.

Matt Campbell continued his stellar summer season for Palo Alto by striking out 14 in seven inning in the Oaks' opening win. Campbell allowed only three singles and was never in any real danger. Brian Maihack relieved Campbell in the eighth inning and struck our three.

The Oaks scored three runs in the fourth inning when Stanford's Tyler Gaffney led off with a walk. He stole second and, after a fly out by Anthony Bona, Gaffney scored on a single by Will Klein. After another fly out, Alex Sortwell lined a single to center that advanced Klein to second. Tyler Finley then launched a ball to the fence in left-center that easily scored Klein and Sortwell.

The Oaks scored again in the fifth inning when Allen Stiles singled with one out and advanced to third when Gaffney hit a shot off the left-centerfield wall. A fielders' choice scored Stiles to make it 4-0. The Oaks' final run came in the eighth inning when Bona walked and stole second. After two fly outs, Sortwell singled sharply to score Bona.

In Game 2, Oaks' starter Brant Norlander was cruising until the fourth when Fontanetti's scored four times to take a 4-3 lead. Before that, Norlander had struck out six batters and was in complete control. But, three consecutive walks led to the four runs and his afternoon was over.

Gunn grad Greg Matson came in and cruised for three innings before Fontanetti's scored a run on an error in the bottom of the seventh. The Oaks found themselves down for the first time this late in a game thus far this season. A seven-run fifth inning by the Oaks, however, erased their deficit in a hurry.

Stiles led off with a double down the right-field line. Gaffney followed with a single. Both runners scored on Bona's long fly to the centerfield wall. Sortwell followed with a single that scored Bona. After Sortwell was caught stealing and Bryan Beres struck out, it looked like Fontanetti's might get out of the inning. However, the Oaks' Jeff Ramirez doubled in Bona and then Klein singled in Ramirez. The Oaks still weren't done, Joe McGlaughlin doubled in Klein and then Paly grad Evan Warner was hit by a pitch. Stiles, who started the inning with a double, tripled over the right fielder's head to score both McGlaughlin and Warner.

The Oaks scored two more in the sixth inning when Sortwell hit a home run over the left-centerfield wall. Beres followed with a double over the left fielder's head. Beres scored on Klein's double to the left-center gap, giving him his fourth RBI of the game.

The wheels really came off for Fontanetti's in the top of the seventh when the Oaks scored six more runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Ramirez, a double by Maihack, and RBI singles by McGlaughlin and Josh Brown, who was inserted for Warner.

Western Baseball Association

Stan Musial Division

At Baylands Athletic Center

First game

Fontanetti's 000 000 000 -- 0 3 0

Palo Alto Oaks 000 310 01x -- 5 9 1

WP -- Matt Campbell (14 strikeouts). LP -- Bobby Hawthorne.

2B -- Finley, Ramirez, Gaffney (PA) 2 RBI -- Finley (PA).

Second game

Palo Alto Oaks 030 072 6 -- 18 23 2

Fontanetti's 000 400 1 -- 5 4 0

WP -- Greg Matson. LP -- Stamps.

HR -- Sortwell (PA). 3B -- Stiles(PA). 2B -- Ramirez 2, Stiles, Bona, Beres, Klein, Maihack, McGlaughlin(PA). 2 hits -- Stiles, Ramirez, McGlaughlin, Sortwell, Klein (PA) 4 RBI -- Klein (PA). 2 RBI -- Bona, Stiles, Ramirez (PA).

Records: Palo Alto Oaks 14-0

The top-seeded Oaks will open postseason play Friday against the No. 2 seed out of the Sacrament Rural League in the opening round of the NorCal State Tournament at Baylands. Other teams entered include the Norcal Longhorns, Solano Mudcats and the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

After hosting an openere at Baylands, the remaining games will be held at San Jose High.

Matt Campbell continued his stellar summer season for Palo Alto by striking out 14 in seven inning in the Oaks' opening win. Campbell allowed only three singles and was never in any real danger. Brian Maihack relieved Campbell in the eighth inning and struck our three.

The Oaks scored three runs in the fourth inning when Stanford's Tyler Gaffney led off with a walk. He stole second and, after a fly out by Anthony Bona, Gaffney scored on a single by Will Klein. After another fly out, Alex Sortwell lined a single to center that advanced Klein to second. Tyler Finley then launched a ball to the fence in left-center that easily scored Klein and Sortwell.

The Oaks scored again in the fifth inning when Allen Stiles singled with one out and advanced to third when Gaffney hit a shot off the left-centerfield wall. A fielders' choice scored Stiles to make it 4-0. The Oaks' final run came in the eighth inning when Bona walked and stole second. After two fly outs, Sortwell singled sharply to score Bona.

In Game 2, Oaks' starter Brant Norlander was cruising until the fourth when Fontanetti's scored four times to take a 4-3 lead. Before that, Norlander had struck out six batters and was in complete control. But, three consecutive walks led to the four runs and his afternoon was over.

Gunn grad Greg Matson came in and cruised for three innings before Fontanetti's scored a run on an error in the bottom of the seventh. The Oaks found themselves down for the first time this late in a game thus far this season. A seven-run fifth inning by the Oaks, however, erased their deficit in a hurry.

Stiles led off with a double down the right-field line. Gaffney followed with a single. Both runners scored on Bona's long fly to the centerfield wall. Sortwell followed with a single that scored Bona. After Sortwell was caught stealing and Bryan Beres struck out, it looked like Fontanetti's might get out of the inning. However, the Oaks' Jeff Ramirez doubled in Bona and then Klein singled in Ramirez. The Oaks still weren't done, Joe McGlaughlin doubled in Klein and then Paly grad Evan Warner was hit by a pitch. Stiles, who started the inning with a double, tripled over the right fielder's head to score both McGlaughlin and Warner.

The Oaks scored two more in the sixth inning when Sortwell hit a home run over the left-centerfield wall. Beres followed with a double over the left fielder's head. Beres scored on Klein's double to the left-center gap, giving him his fourth RBI of the game.

The wheels really came off for Fontanetti's in the top of the seventh when the Oaks scored six more runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Ramirez, a double by Maihack, and RBI singles by McGlaughlin and Josh Brown, who was inserted for Warner.

Western Baseball Association

Stan Musial Division

At Baylands Athletic Center

First game

Fontanetti's 000 000 000 -- 0 3 0

Palo Alto Oaks 000 310 01x -- 5 9 1

WP -- Matt Campbell (14 strikeouts). LP -- Bobby Hawthorne.

2B -- Finley, Ramirez, Gaffney (PA) 2 RBI -- Finley (PA).

Second game

Palo Alto Oaks 030 072 6 -- 18 23 2

Fontanetti's 000 400 1 -- 5 4 0

WP -- Greg Matson. LP -- Stamps.

HR -- Sortwell (PA). 3B -- Stiles(PA). 2B -- Ramirez 2, Stiles, Bona, Beres, Klein, Maihack, McGlaughlin(PA). 3 hits -- Ramirez (PA). 2 hits -- Stiles, McGlaughlin, Sortwell, Klein (PA) 4 RBI -- Klein (PA). 2 RBI -- Bona, Stiles, Ramirez (PA).

Records: Palo Alto Oaks 14-0

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