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Leghorns start summer with a split

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.


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