The Petaluma Leghorns American Legion team lost two out of three games in the District 5 Tournament, but its successful summer still earned the team a bid to the Area Tournament. Petaluma travels to Sacramento for Area. The tournament started on Wednesday.
In the first game of the District Tournament, the Leghorns lost to Napa, 6-2.
Petaluma struggled offensively, and had its first scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. Anthony Bender singled, but was thrown out at home plate by Napa's leftfielder on a Weston Bryan single for the third out.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Petaluma rallied to score two runs.
Ryan Huag walked and Bender singled for the first base runners of the inning. RJ Busse and Bryan hit back-to-back RBI singles to plate Huag and Bender, getting the Leghorns on the scoreboard.
Petaluma was held scoreless the rest of the game. Brandon Haggerla threw a complete game, but took the loss.
The Leghorns were led offensively by Bender who went 3-for4 with three singles.
Petaluma kept its summer season alive with a dominating 12-4 victory in the next game against the Fairfield Expos.
The Leghorns' bats came alive early and often with a four-run first inning and six-run second inning.
In the first inning, the top of the order started the game with the first three batters scoring for Petaluma.