The Petaluma Leghorns started the official summer with an exciting come-from-behind win on Friday and went on to split a weekend series in Yountville.
After being down, 3-1, until the seventh inning, the Petaluma Leghorns fought for a 7-4 comeback win in Fairfield, against the Fairfield Expos.
Petaluma scored its first run in the third inning when Weston Bryan knocked in Vinnie Albano. The Leghorns then struggled for runs until the seventh inning.
Down 3-1 in the seventh, leadoff hitter Chase Stafford started the inning off with a double. Up next, Ryan Huag smacked a triple, scoring Stafford and bringing the game to a 3-2 score.
The game-changing play came off the bat of Anthony Bender, who followed Huag's triple with a two-run blast over the left field wall.
In the eighth inning, Stafford put another run on the board with a double, scoring Sam Morgan. Albano scored after walking and scoring on a passed ball. Petaluma's final run came from a Charlie Parnow double in the ninth, scoring Ryan Walsh.
Scott Hilbert started the game, pitching the first five innings. Devon Graff came out of the bullpen for three solid innings of relief and Blake Patrick finished the game in the ninth.
The win came the night after the Leghorns lost to Fairfield, 6-1.
Petaluma's next took on the Napa Riverdogs, playing at Napa's legendary home field in Yountville, losing 7-5.
The Leghorns started the game with a bang. RJ Busse hit a two-run home run over the ivy of the outfield wall that scored Weston Bryan, who reached base on a walk. Petaluma's hot start looked like a bright sign, but it could not stave off the Riverdogs due to rough defense.
Chase Stafford led off the third inning with a double, picking up the first of his three hits. Bryan then knocked him in with a single. Scoring the last two runs of the game for the Leghorns was Charlie Parnow. In the fourth inning, the outfielder walked and scored on a passed ball. He scored again in the seventh. Parnow also enjoyed a three-hit day.
Jimmy Flatt threw the first five innings for the Leghorns. Finishing the game out of the bullpen were Dom Deville and Nick Marks.
The Chico Nuts came down to Yountville to play a seven-inning games against both Napa and Petaluma. The Leghorns faced the Nuts for the second time of the summer on Sunday.
For the first six innings of the game, the Leghorns were unable to score a run. Chico led 2-0 going into the last inning. Patrick led off the bottom of the seventh, reaching base as a result of an error by the shortstop. Ryan Walsh stepped to bat next and hit a double, putting both players in scoring position. The game-tying hit came off the bat of Scott Hilbert. The designated hitter hit a two-run double to tie the game. Parnow then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hilbert to third base. Stafford followed with a line shot to dead center to give the Leghorns a 3-2 comeback victory.
Connor Littleton and Mike Hernandez split the game on the mound to get Petaluma the win.