Gunn grad Greg Matson left the game after getting five outs due to an injury. Matt Campbell, who pitched two days previously, was asked to throw 64 pitches and put three more innings on his weary pitching arm and it still all worked for the Palo Alto Oaks.
The Oaks overcame a 5-run deficit to beat the St. Pete Black Sox, 6-5, on Friday and reach the championship round of the Stan Musial World Series in Houston.
With four teams remaining, the tournament was reseeded. The Oaks (22-2) meet the Northwest Wildcats on Saturday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the championship game.
The Wildcats lost to the Canton Stallions, 2-1, on wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
The Stallions, the lone remaining undefeated team left, and Long Island Storm meet in the other semifinal at 4 p.m. The Stallions need to be beaten twice.
Palo Alto grad Evan Warner, who had three hits, including a triple, and scored three runs, scored the wining run on a single by Jeff Ramirez, who also had three hits, in the bottom of the ninth.
Warner is hitting .429 (6-for-14) and leads the Oaks with his .571 slugging percentage. Bryan Beres is 4-for-8.
Keith Jackson, who took the loss, faced three batters. He hit Stiles after Warner led off the ninth with a single. Walter Lamerson came on to face Ramirez.
Jesse Madrid and Brian Maihack combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief as Palo Alto tied the game with three runs in the eighth. Maihack got the win.
Stiles, Nick Borg, Anthony Bona and Menlo-Atherton High grad Tyler Finley also drove in runs for the Oaks.
Palo Alto has been outscored, 18-15, and outhit, 30-29, through three games.
Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Logan Tom combined for 13 points, and Tom had serving runs of seven and six points to help the U.S. national team beat host Japan, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, during the FIVB World Grand Prix in Komachi on Saturday.
The defending Grand Prix champion Americans won their 16th straight Grand Prix match. They will play Serbia on Sunday.
Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs reached the semifinals of the USTA U18 National Championships with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 5 seed Sachia Vickery on Friday at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.
The fourth-seeded Gibbs will meet second-seeded Krista Hardebeck on Saturday morning.
Cardinal freshman Ellen Tsay had a busy day. She beat Samantha Crawford, 6-2, 0-6, 1-0 (1), in the morning and then advanced into the semifinals of the consolation tournament when her opponent retired with an injury.
Tsay and teammate Robin Anderson then played a semifinal doubles match, losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to Jennifer Brady and Kendal Woodard.