Palo Alto Oaks bounce back with a 5-2 victory over Braintree


Will Klein and Nick Borg each drove in a pair of runs and the Palo Alto Oaks downed the Braintree White Sox, 5-2, Thursday, at the Stan Musial World Series in Houston.

Palo Alto High grad Evan Warner added two hits as the Oaks (21-2) advanced into the third rounds for the second straight year.

The Oaks are three wins away from a World Series title but first need to beat the Tampa Bay Black Sox, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday.

Craig Broussard allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over six innings to earn the win. He walked four and struck out seven. Graham Rodriguez struck out five in three scoreless innings to pick up the save.

The Oaks scored twice in the top of the fifth to erase a 2-1 deficit. Their pitchers took care of the rest.

Klein went 2-for-3 in a loss to the Long Island Storm in Wednesday's opener and is 4-for-8 with two RBI and a run scored in the double-elimination tournament.

Brian Beres added three hits and Joe McClaughlin also drove in a run for the Oaks.

Braintree starter Nick Asselin, who played in the minors, gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four for the White Sox, champions of the Cranberry Baseball League.

The Black Sox compete in the National Xtreme League and has a roster comprised solely of college and former college players.

Black Sox coach Rob Miles was recently hired as the head baseball coach at Gulf High in Florida. The team did not win a game last year.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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