Fireworks exploded past the Fourth of July for the Petaluma Leghorns, when they defeated the host team Fairfield Expos, 9-0, on Monday to win Fairfield's Fourth of July Tournament. The Leghorns won six games in a row for their first tournament win of the summer.
The Leghorns scored one run in the first inning, as Chase Stafford singled, stole second base and scored on a Weston Bryan single.
Petaluma scored twice in the second inning to grow its lead. Anthony Bender doubled and RJ Busse walked to reach base. Scott Hilbert and Ryan Walsh then hit singles to score both runners.
Walsh knocked in another run in the fifth inning on a groundout that scored Busse.
In the sixth inning, Bender blasted a three-run home run to give the Leghorns a big lead. The blast scored Charlie Parnow and Stafford, who reached on singles.
Bender knocked in his fifth runs of the day, with a double that scored Stafford and Ryan Huag, for Petaluma's last runs.
Devon Graff threw a complete game to win the championship for Petaluma.
Petaluma started the tournament off right with a 7-3 victory over Merced.
Vinnie Albano scored the Leghorns' first run in the third inning after smacking a double. The next inning, Busse hit a solo home run.
In the sixth inning, the Leghorns took control of the game with a five-run rally.
Albano led off the inning with a triple and scored on a passed ball. Stafford walked, and Huag followed him with a single. Bender knocked in his second run of the day with an RBI single, scoring Stafford. Bryan and Busse then walked to load the bases for Deville, whose single scored the Leghorns' last three runs of the game.
Graff picked up the win on the mound.
Oroville was Petaluma's next opponent in a Wednesday double-header, and the Leghorns continued to score runs, winning, 12-3.
Stafford, Huag and Busse all scored in the first inning for Petaluma. In the lead off spot, Stafford started off with a double and was knocked in by a Huag single. Scoring Huag was an RBI double off the bat of Busse. Blake Patrick knocked him in with a single.
In the second inning, Huag picked up another RBI, this time with a double, scoring Parnow, who walked and stole second base.
Patrick doubled and scored off an RBI single hit by Ryan Walsh in the third inning and Busse scored off a Bryan single in the fourth.
The fifth and sixth innings were big for Petaluma.
Parnow doubled and scored on a Stafford single to start the fifth inning. Bender smacked a deep two-run home run, that also scored Stafford.
Petaluma's 6-7-8 hitters scored the last runs of the game in the sixth inning. Patrick, Walsh and Deville all singled and scored. The single was Patrick's fourth hit of a perfect day at the plate.
Alex Perez was the victorious pitcher.