Legends, Caps recover from losses to record baseball victories


The Menlo Park Legends and the PUF Caps had a similar couple of days in baseball.

The Legends responded to a loss on Tuesday with a 5-4 road victory over the San Mateo Rounders on Wednesday at De Anza College.

Jake Swiech
The Caps also recovered from a Tuesday defeat to beat the Neptune Pearl, 7-3, at USF on Wednesday.

In both cases, the teams had to come from behind and rely on solid relief pitching.

Nick Brooks hit a home run to spark a three-run rally in the seventh inning for the Legends. Scott Ota, Sean McMillan and Clayton Casey also drove in runs for Menlo Park.

Jake Swiech retired all six hitters he faced to earn the win and Calvin Riley worked the ninth for the save.

The Legends lost, in 10 innings, to the Pearl, 8-5, in a California Collegiate League contest Tuesday.

Neptune scored three times in the top of the 10th inning to grab the win after the Legends took a 4-0 lead.

Steven McLean hit a two-run single and Patrick McColl also drove in a run for Menlo Park.

Legends starter Jacob Wilcox allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The Pearl held a 3-0 lead after three innings against the Caps on Wednesday.

Reliever Preston Price entered the game with the bases loaded in third, induced a double play and shut down Neptune, with the help of fellow relief pitcher Austin Manning, the rest of the way.

The Caps scored five runs, all with two outs, in the seventh to take the lead. Javier Valdes and Dom Fletcher keyed the comeback, each recording a two-run double.

In the fifth, Austin Todd singled home a run and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Caps dropped an 11-7 decision to Healdsburg on Tuesday. PUF fell behind, 7-1, before mounting a rally.

Fletcher's home run brought the Caps to within 8-7. Runa Quiggle, Matt Acosta, James Free and Valdes also drove in runs for the Caps.

Menlo Park (8-2, 1-2 in the CCL) hosts the Caps (2-2) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Canada College.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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