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Palo Alto Oaks 10, Oakland Expos 6

Date of competition: Saturday, July 31, 2010

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The Palo Alto Oaks advanced to the Stan Musial World Series for the first time in the 60-year history of the program with a 10-6 victory over the Oakland Expos in the Stan Musial West Region Tournament finals on Saturday at Canada College in Redwood City. The Oaks (20-1-2) will play in the eight-team World Series on Aug. 13-15 in Huntsville, Texas.

"I'm just a little stunned," said Palo Alto manager Steve Espinoza, whose team had to play 11 innings to pull out the victory. "And, a little exhausted."

The Oaks appeared to have the game until control when they took a 5-1 lead after two innings. Oakland chipped away with a run in the sixth before tying the game in the seventh with three runs. Palo Alto exploded for five runs in the top of the 11th, highlighted by a two-run single by Bryan Beres, to finally secure the hard-earned triumph. The Oaks went 3-0 in the region tournament, beating Oakland and Pasadena on Friday. To qualify fot this tourney, the Oaks had to win five games last weekend in the Stan Musial NorCal State event in Santa Rosa.

Palo Alto finally broke open the game in the 11th when Grant Nelson led off with a single to center. Palo Alto grad Shane Parsons was safe on an error by shortstop Jonny Ash, the former Stanford standout. Winning pitcher Matt Campbell then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Will Klein was walked intentionally and Paly grad Evan Warner made Oakland pay with an RBI single to make it 6-5. Allen Stiles, who along with Warner used to play at Canada, followed with an RBI single for the eventual run. Beres then laced his two-run single and Nick Schulz ripped a single to left for another run and a 10-5 lead.

posted by Keith Peters on Jul 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Palo Alto Oaks' shortstop Will Klein relays a throw to first to complete a double play in the sixth inning during the Oaks' 10-6 victory in the Stan Musial West Region Tournament on Saturday at Canada College. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto High grad Evan Warner had an RBI single and scored a run in a five-run 11th inning that carried the Palo Alto Oaks to a 10-6 win over the Oakland Expos in the title game of the Stan Musial West Region Tournament on Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Brant Norlander of the Palo Alto Oaks pitched six strong innings while allowing just four hits and two runs during Palo Alto's 10-6 win over Oakland Expos in the championship game of the Stan Musial West Region Tournament on Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
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