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The Menlo Park Legends bounced back from a 1-2 weekend by beating the visiting San Jose Baysox, 8-0, in a semipro baseball game at Menlo College on Tuesday. The Legends improved to 7-4. Richard McCaffery started the game for the Legends and allowed one base runner -- off of a walk -- and struck out five in five innings.
"I just came out there trying to throw strikes and get ahead in the counts," he said. "They were having trouble with my fastball, so I decided to go right after them with that. Chris (Hoo) did a great job behind the plate. He was my catcher in high school, so the chemistry was great."
In the third inning, Legends' outfielder Cody Larson smacked a two-run triple to deep center field, scoring center fielder Tiger Peterson and second baseman Pierson Jeremiah. The Legends' offense continued to shake the Baysox in the fourth inning, with infielder Tommy Pluschkell hitting a two-run single.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, a wild pitch scored Hoo, and Peterson hit a RBI single, giving the Legends a 8-0 lead. In his first appearance, Hoo caught the shutout, scored two runs, and went 2-for-3. The Legends play the San Francisco Seagulls on Wednesday at Cañada College at 5 p.m.
Over the weekend, the Legends ventured to Atwater to face the Aviators in a three-game series. Menlo Park came away with one victory.
After returning from Lee University competing in the NAIA World Series, Curtis Camilli had a solid pitching effort in Game 1 that saw the Legends drop a 4-1 decision. As they did earlier in the season, errors plagued the Legends in Game 2 that saw Menlo Park lose a 2-1 lead and eventually fall, 7-2.
Menlo Park salvaged the weekend with a 17-1 victory. The Legends pounded out 17 hits to support Corey Zirbes' pitching effort that saw him allow four hits while striking out five in seven innings. Grant Nelson led the offense with four hits while Brian Haggett had two hits and Joe Goldenberg blasted a three-run homer.
"The team got really fired up after losing the first two games, and we wanted to come out swinging the bats hard," said Menlo Park catcher and manager David Klein said. "That's exactly what we did."
In an American Legion game on Monday, Palo Alto Post 375 dropped a 10-5 decision to the San Carlos Tribe at Palo Alto High.