The Petaluma Leghorns lost 8-5, to a pesky Gonzales, LA, in Game 1 of the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. at Keeter Stadium.
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In Friday's game, Gonzales scored all eight of its runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Petaluma looked in control of the game early, taking a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
Ryan Walsh knocked in the first run for Petaluma in the second inning, scoring Weston Bryan.
The Leghorns' highlight of the game came from catcher Ryan Haug in the third inning. With Chase Stafford on first base after walking, Haug hit a ball over the right fielder's head that barely landed fair. The right fielder hurt his ankle on the play and Stafford and Haug hustled around the bases, giving Haug a rare inside-the-park home run.
Blake Patrick smacked a line drive over the shortstop's head to score RJ Busse later in the inning, giving Petaluma a 4-0 lead.
Gonzales took over in the bottom of the third inning, scoring eight runs on only three hits. They stole five bases, walked four times, had two squeeze bunts for runs and Petaluma had two errors in the inning. Lead off hitter Robert Podorsky stole second, third and home in the inning, to go along with two hits and an RBI. One of his hits was a squeeze bunt to score a run.
Scott Hilbert gave the Leghorns their last run in the sixth inning, scoring Bryan after his second double of the game.
Dom Garihan took the loss for Petaluma. Austin Tanner, signed to pitch at Northwestern State, threw eight innings for the win.
The Leghorns outhit Gonzales 9-7, but had three errors, and Gonzales had seven stolen bases.