OAKLAND -- Oakland Tech High's Tre Clayton's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning accounted for all of the Bulldogs' scoring as visiting Lowell won 13-2 on May 17 to sweep the best-of-three TransBay Series.

The Cardinals, who had posted a 1-0 win in the series opener May 14 in San Francisco, jumped out quickly with six runs in the top of the first inning at Rickey Henderson Field. Lowell (27-6) added five more runs in the third and went on to finish the game in five innings due to the 10-run rule in effect.

"Tech has a great family culture; they've been wonderful to coach," said Bulldogs coach Eric Clayton, who is stepping down after 10 seasons at the helm. "They are undoubtedly the youngest team in the league, very deep, very talented. These kids will be back."

Lowell's Vaughn Blue highlighted the first inning with a two-run home run to left field. All the Cardinals' scoring in the inning occurred with two out. Jake Simons began the rally with a double past third base and scored the first run on Andy Glickfeld's single.

Jesse Tom later singled home a run, and two more scored when Aaron Leong reached on an error as Lowell led 6-0 before the Bulldogs even came to bat.

Tech (14-9) managed just three hits off Cardinals pitchers. Marcus Miller had a double in the second inning and Christopher Castillo singled in the third.

Lowell pitchers Elijah Saunders and Jasper Scherer combined to give up no walks. Right-hander Saunders pitched the first three innings for the win with a pair of strikeouts. Lefty Scherer pitched two innings with four strikeouts, fanning the side in the fifth to finish the game.


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"It's been a wonderful ride, a joy and an honor to coach Oakland Tech," Eric Clayton said.

The day started with a pre-game ceremony dedicating a new scoreboard at Rickey Henderson Field. There was also an announcement of the inaugural members of the Field of Dreams Advisory Board, which includes actor Danny Glover, former A's great Dave Stewart, former Warriors great Nate Thurmond, A's broadcaster Ken Korach, radio hosts Marty Lurie and Brian Murphy, former Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse, former major leaguer Nate Oliver and former Cal baseball coach Bob Milano.

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