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Leghorns provide own holiday fireworks

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.

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