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.
Chase Stafford and Bender both walked and scored, while Huag singled and tallied another run. Blake Patrick reached on a fielder's choice before scoring the Leghorns' fourth run.
The next inning was an even bigger run parade for Petaluma.
Petaluma scored six straight runs with its one through six hitters all crossing home plate. Stafford, Bryan and Patrick all singled and scored.
Huag and Busse walked and added to Petaluma's lead as did Bender who also scored on an error.
After scoring 10 runs in the first two innings, the Leghorns did not score again until the eighth inning.
Busse reached on an error and was knocked in by a Sam Morgan single.
Ryan Walsh reached base on a fielder's choice and scored on an error for Petaluma's last run.
Dom Deville pitched the first 6 2/3 innings to get the win, while Scott Hilbert finished the game on the mound for Petaluma.
Petaluma's final game came in the fashion of an 11-6 loss, to Napa again.
The Leghorns rallied with a four-run sixth inning.
Bryan led-off the inning with a double and was moved to third base on a Deville single. Charlie Parnow executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Bryan. Morgan batted next, and singled and stole second base.
Walsh walked to load the bases. Singles by Stafford and Hilbert scored Deville and Morgan.
The last run of the inning came on a fielder's choice hit by Bender, scoring Walsh.
Petaluma also scored once in the fifth and eighth innings.
Bender picked up his first RBI of the game in the fifth inning, singling in Huag, who reached on a single and stole second base.
In the eighth inning, Busse picked up an RBI with a single that scored Hilbert, who doubled to get on base.