The Palo Alto Oaks had a deja vu baseball moment on Sunday as they faced the same team they had met two weeks ago with very similar results. The Oakland Expos returned to Sarge Casey field at the Baylands Athletic Center to meet their Western Baseball Association opponents, and once again the Oaks prevailed in the doubleheader, 12-2 and 13-6.
Oaks veteran Ricky Navarro from Gunn High was the winning pitcher in Game 1, spreading two runs (one earned) and four hits over the mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game. His battery mate, Menlo College catcher Gary Ellis, contributed three hits and two RBI to support Navarro in addition to calling a solid game. Sam Wilkins added an additional three hits.
Another Palo Alto veteran, Dominic Hernandez, started and was awarded the win for his three innings of work in Game 2. He allowed only one hit but three runs in his start. Sacred Heart Prep grad Will Nahmens took over in the fourth innings, allowing three additional runs on four hits. Jacob Naval ended the game, pitching the final two innings allowing no runs on no hits.
While the Oaks allowed a few more runs than they normally do, their offense more than held up their end of the bargain. Kevin Cali and Casey Thompson combined for seven hits and six RBI. Leadoff hitter Cali was driven home by Thompson all three times that he reached base, the final time at a leisurely trot after Thompson's three-run blast over the center field wall in the fifth inning. Thompson finished just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Wilkins also added a solo homer in the third inning.
The Oaks will take their 8-0 into another doubleheader this Sunday at Baylands, starting at 11:30 a.m.
In nonleague action, the Menlo Park Legends dropped to 4-13 following a tough 6-5 loss to host San Luis Obispo on Sunday. Matt Glomb had a pair of doubles for the Legends with Paly grad Isaac Feldstein adding a triple. Glomb finished with three hits and Jordan Winawer added two.
On Saturday, the Legends dropped fell a 9-8 loss to the host SLO Blues. Dylan Cook had three hits for Menlo Park with Wes Leow, Kyle Zirbes and Brandon Coborn all adding two.
Stanford graduate AJ Hinch will share General Manager duties with the San Diego Padres after they fired GM Josh Byrnes during the weekend.