Menlo Park Legends return home, return to win column


The Menlo Park Legends returned home and made a return to the win column Tuesday with an 11-9 win over the Pacific Union Capitalists.

After getting swept in a three-game series at Santa Barbara the Legends jumped out to a 7-1 lead, only to see that lead disappear in a six-run fifth for the Caps, highlighted by a Javier Valdes grand slam.

But Menlo Park (10-5) came right back to take the lead in the top of the sixth when Steven McLean walked, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.

McLean's two-run home run in the eighth made the score 11-7. McLean, formerly of Los Altos High, scored four runs and had three RBIs.

After two were out and the bases empty in the ninth, the Caps (5-4) rallied with a single and a two-run homer by Nicholas Quintana. Then they loaded the bases before Matt Bergandi recorded the final out.

On Wednesday, the Legends played Neptune Beach in a game that was called after 11 innings with the score 8-8.

Menlo Park trailed 4-3 going to the ninth, but tied the score when RJ Williams singled with two out to score pinch runner Tommy Caulfield.

The Legends scored four runs in the top of the 11th, only to watch Neptune Beach respond with four in the bottom half.

Williams hit a one-out double to score Patrick McColl and Tyler Nein to start the rally in the top of the 11th. Ryan Rosa doubled home Williams and scored on a single by Clayton Casey.

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