Palo Alto Oaks remain unbeaten with another sweep


The Palo Alto Oaks are off to a 4-0 start after sweeping its second doubleheader of the season on Sunday, taking two from the Oakland Expos in Western Baseball Association semipro baseball action at Baylands Athletic Center.

Palo Alto took the first game, 4-0 before rolling to a 13-2 victory that was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule on a hot day at Sarge Casey Field.

Gunn High grad Graham Fisher, who is in his debut season with the Oaks, earned his second straight win in the first game by pitching seven innings, allowing no runs on only two hits with one walk.

Jacob Naval closed the victory by holding the Expos to two runs and two hits in the eighth and ninth innings.

The well-played game was highlighted by strong pitching and excellent defense from both squads.

The Oaks were able to score their first run in the third inning after right fielder Casey Thompson singled, moved to third base on a single by Chase Spivey and finally scored on a single by Sheldon Daquioag, the Oaks' 2013 MVP.

Palo Alto scored one more in the sixth inning on a lead-off home run by Daquioag. The Oaks completed their scoring in the seventh on lead-off double by Pedro Tostado, who was promptly brought home by a Kevin Cali single. The final run was scored when Daquioag singled home Cali. Thompson was as hot as the afternoon at the plate with three hits, lacking only a home run to complete the cycle.

Game 2 began as a competitive contest with the Expos taking an early lead, but it did not last for long. The Oaks blew the game open in a nine-run third inning that was highlighted again by Daquioag's two hits and three RBI in the inning. He finished the day with a total of five hits and six RBI.

Tostado also contributed two hits and three three RBI in the second game while Thompson, Tyler Finley and Danny Ordonez all had multi-hit games. Starter C.J. Hillyer was awarded the win. Dominic Hernandez and Will Nahmens pitched the final three innings to complete the sweep.

The Oaks will be back in action this Sunday at Baylands for another doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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