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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.

Huag started the inning off with a single, and Bender followed with a walk. Busse tied the game with a single, scoring Huag and Bender. Blake Patrick walked and reached third base on a pinch-hit single by Vinnie Albano.

The winning run came from Patrick hustling down the third base line and scoring on a wild pitch, as a hard curveball slipped past the catcher. Fellow Leghorns immediately rushed Patrick at home plate, and the championship belonged to Petaluma.

Petaluma's first game resulted in an 8-5 loss, after they led early.

The Leghorns gained control in the first inning, Bender singled with two outs to keep the inning alive and Busse put Petaluma on the scoreboard with a two-run home run.

Yolo came back in the bottom of the second with a four-run inning, to take a 4-2 lead.

Petaluma inched closer with another run in the fifth inning. Busse led off the inning with a hit by pitch, and advanced to second and third base on passed balls. Blake Patrick knocked him in on a groundout double play.

In the sixth inning, the Leghorns took the lead by scoring two more runs. Dom Deville and Charlie Parnow started the inning with walks. Huag singled to load the bases. Following Huag, Bender and Busse hit RBI singles to score two runs.

Yolo scored in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, and three more times in the seventh inning for the last runs of the game.

After a frustrating first loss, the Leghorns saw their offense explode in the next game with a 14-4 win against the Humboldt Seals.

Petaluma had three four-run innings, with the first being in the bottom of the first.

A Huag walk started the rally. He was followed by singles from Bender and Busse to load the bases. Bryan hit another single to score Huag and give Petaluma its first run of the game. Patrick followed with a single that scored Bender and Busse. Walks by Scott Hilbert and Walsh scored Bryan for the final run of the inning.

Humboldt scored its first run in the third inning, but the Leghorns answered back with another four-run inning in the fourth.

Hilbert led-off the inning with a double. Walsh was hit by a pitch and Albano singled to load the bases. Stafford hit a bases-clearing triple to score all three runners. Bender knocked Stafford in for the fourth run of the inning.

Humboldt scored three times in the top of the fifth inning, but the Leghorns countered by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the inning.

Patrick started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He advanced to third base on a Hilbert double and scored on a Walsh groundout. Albano followed with a sacrifice fly to score Hilbert. Stafford singled and stole second base. Bender hit a double that tallied two more runs, scoring Stafford and Huag, who had walked.

Petaluma's last two runs came in the seventh inning, and ended the game on the 10-run rule. The first run was a Stafford home run to start the inning. Huag and Bender hit back-to-back doubles, with Huag scoring to end the game.

The Leghorns bats were just heating up, as the won their next game 17-0, against Lodi.

A seven-run first inning opened the doors for a Leghorns' hit parade.

Stafford and Huag both reached base on errors, and Bender hit a single, scoring Stafford for the first run of the game. Huag scored on a Busse sacrifice fly. Hilbert singled to knock Bryan in, who walked. Patrick scored on a passed ball, after singling to reach base. Stafford batted again, this time scoring Hilbert and Albano on a single. The last run came on a Huag single, scoring Parnow.

Petaluma followed its big first inning, with a three-run second. Busse led-off with a double and scored on a Bryan single. Parnow also doubled, scoring Bryan and Albano, who doubled.

Two more Leghorns crossed home in the third inning. Busse scored on an error after walking, and Bender scored on a Patrick groundout, after he doubled.

Petaluma failed to score in the fourth inning, but plated another run in the fifth on a Bryan home run.

A four-run sixth inning sealed the victory for the Leghorns and ended the game. Stafford hit the first run in, scoring Deville, who had doubled. The next run came on a Huag hit by pitch that scored Alabano, who had walked. Parnow scored on a Bender groundout after singling. Bryan hit Stafford in to score the last run.

The Leghorns won their next game in blowout-fashion again, with a 15-5 win, over Napa.

Petaluma scored its first run on Bryan sacrifice fly to score Huag, who walked.

Another run crossed home in the second inning on a Huag single, scoring Parnow, who also singled. Napa also scored to make it a 2-1 game.

In the third inning, the Leghorns tallied twice more. Busse started the inning with a double and scored on an error. Patrick reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice.

Napa scored three times in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, but Petaluma had a three-run fourth inning to take the lead.

The first run came with a towering Bender home run. Walsh singled in Busse and Bryan for the next two runs. Both players reached on hit by pitches.

The Leghorns scored three more times in the fifth inning.

Busse doubled-in Stafford and Huag, who both singled to start the inning. The next run came on a passed ball, scoring Busse.

A five-run seventh inning sealed a third straight 10-run rule game for Petaluma.

Bender and Busse hit back-to-back doubles to start the inning, and both scored on a Patrick double. Patrick scored on a Walsh single, and Parnow hit a double to score Walsh. The last run came on a Stafford double to score Parnow.

Napa scored once in the bottom of the seventh, but the game was still a 10-run difference.

The Leghorns were on to the championship, but had to beat Yolo twice, and avenge their only loss of the tournament. Petaluma won the first game 17-14, in a crazy slugfest.

Bryan hit the first run in with a single to score Bender, who also singled. Patrick followed with a single of his own to score Busse, who was hit by a pitch.

Yolo scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead, but Petaluma regained the lead with a three-run second inning.

Parnow led-off the inning with a single and Stafford followed with a two-run home run to tie the game. Busse knocked Huag in with a single to take the lead.

Yolo responded once again with a two-run second to put the lead in its favor.

The game of "who can score more" continued with Petaluma scoring four runs in the third inning to take a 9-6 lead.

Stafford hit the first two runs in with a double, scoring Walsh and Parnow. Walsh led-off with a double and Parnow bunted for a base hit. Huag hit a single to score Stafford, and Patrick hit a single to score Huag for the next two runs.

Yolo continued to respond. In the bottom of the inning, Yolo scored three runs to tie the game at nine runs apiece.

In the fourth inning, Petaluma failed to score and Yolo scored three more times to take a 12-9 lead.

The fifth inning was revenge time for the Leghorns. Six runners crossed home plate as they regained a 15-12 lead. All six runs were scored with two outs.

With two outs, Bryan and Patrick both walked. Devilled hit a single to score Bryan. Patrick scored on an error by the pitcher. Deville tied the game on a throwing error by Yolo's third basemen. Stafford hit a double to keep the rally alive and give the Leghorns the lead, scoring Walsh, who had reached on an error. The last two runs came from a Huag single to score Parnow and Stafford.

Yolo scored one run in the bottom of the inning, to make it a 15-13 game.

Petaluma scored once in the sixth and seventh innings for its final two runs. Bryan scored in the sixth inning on a Deville groundout, after walking. Parnow scored in the seventh on a Huag sacrifice fly, after he doubled.

Yolo scored once more in the eighth inning, but Petaluma held on for the crucial victory.