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On to state for Leghorns

After losing the first game of the Area Tournament to Yolo, 8-5, the Petaluma Leghorns won three straight games to make it to the championship where they had to beat Yolo twice. Petaluma beat the odds and won, 17-14, and, 8-7, to win the Area Tournament and earn a spot in the State Tournament beginning Saturday at Yountville.

This will be the first time the Leghorns will play in the State Tournament, consisting of the top six American Legion baseball teams in California.

In the final championship game, Petaluma took an early 3-0 lead by scoring two runs in the first inning and one run in the third.

Anthony Bender brought in the first run of the game with a single to score Chase Stafford. Bender scored the second run on a wild pitch.

Petaluma's next run came from a Weston Bryan sacrifice fly to score RJ Busse, who singled, stole second base and went to third base on a passed ball.

Yolo scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game, but the Leghorns scored once more to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Stafford gave the Leghorns the lead with a single to score Ryan Walsh, who doubled.

Yolo responded with a four-run fifth inning, giving them a 7-4 lead over Petaluma.

Petaluma's next run was another Bryan RBI. Ryan Huag started the inning with a walk, and scored on a Bryan single.

Going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Leghorns were down 7-5, facing the last three outs of their season.


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