Varsity Mens Baseball
Palo Alto Oaks 9, Menlo Park 7
Date of competition: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Palo Alto Oaks won their seventh straight game, using a triple play to help defeat the Menlo Park Legends, 9-7, in a nonleague semipro baseball game Wednesday at Menlo-Atherton High. The Oaks improved to 12-2 with the triumph while the Legends fell to 3-8 in their first season.
Menlo Park scored seven runs in the first inning, forcing Palo Alto to battle back. The Oaks scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. Ben Parnes ripped a three-run homer over the right-field fence to produce the eventual winning run. That was one of 16 hits by the Oaks. Skylar Brewer, a former Menlo-Atherton player, led Palo Alto with four hits and added two RBI. Paly grad Evan Warner tripled to lead off the ninth, scoring an insurance run when Kevin Becker singled.
Menlo Park threatened to retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Jeff Outzen singled and Tony Williams walked. David Klein, Menlo Park's player-coach, then hit a bouncer to Parnes at shortstop. Parnes held the runner at third and threw out Klein at first. Williams strayed too far off second and was thrown out by first baseman Bryan Beres. Outzen, at third, tried to score on the play and was thrown out at home by Becker to complete the wild triple play. Menlo Park also left the bases loaded in the seventh without scoring.
Palo Alto will host Fontanetti's in a Western Baseball Association doubleheader on Sunday at Baylands (11:30 a.m.). Menlo Park will host Oakland in a nonleague game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before playing a league doubleheader at El Cerrito on Sunday.
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