Petaluma, Casa can play with Nor-Cal’s best
Although neither had a chance to win the tournament after the first round, both the Petaluma and Casa Grande baseball teams proved they could play with the best in Northern California in the Boras Classic played last week in Sacramento.
The tournament brings together 16 carefully selected teams from all over Northern California for four days of intense competition. This year marked the second appearance for Casa Grande and the classic debut for Petaluma.
Both local teams lost their opening games but played well throughout the tournament, with Petaluma going 2-2 and Casa Grande 1-3.
Blake Buhrer lost a tough pitching duel with Woodcreek’s Ryan Harvey, 2-1, in Petaluma’s first game on Tuesday. Buhrer pitched 6⅔ strong innings against the Roseville team, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Harvey was just a touch better, giving up only one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Petaluma hits came from Bradley Smith, Nick Andrakin, Sam Brown and Sam Jacobs. Petaluma scored five runs in the third inning against Carlmont and then held on behind three pitchers for a 5-4 victory and its first Boras Classic victory. Danny Marzo earned the win for three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Nick Siembieda gave up two hits and two runs in an inning of mound work, while Jacob Tuchband earned the save, allowing two runs in three innings.
Marzo had two hits, including a big triple and drove in two runs in the Trojans’ third-inning rally. Porter Slate and Garrett Lewis also drove in Petaluma runs.
Casa Grande took a similar road on its first day. Casa Grande lost its first game to St. Mary’s of Stockton by a deceiving 4-0 score.
Casa Grande trailed just 2-0 going into the seventh inning when St. Mary’s rallied for two more runs to put the game away.
Broc Burleson pitched six good innings for Casa Grande, working in and out of trouble. He allowed seven hits, but just two runs, while walking four and striking out five. The Rams scored two runs off Travis Morgan in the seventh.
Casa Grande had nine hits off St. Mary’s pitcher Dylan Fagundes, but could never get the crucial run-scoring hit. Joey Loveless, Cameron Downing and Dylan Moore each had two hits for the Gauchos.
Coming back in a night contest, Casa Grande received another well-pitched game, with Nick Kamages throwing six strong innings to beat Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep of San Francisco, 4-3.
Kamages gave up one earned run, with two Sacred Heart runs scoring on a bases-loaded error. The senior scattered six hits and walked just two, while striking out six.
All three Sacred Heart runs came in the fifth inning, after Casa Grande had built a 4-0 lead with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
Aaron Van Tighem, pitching for the first time in more than a year as he battles back from Tommy John surgery, earned the save with a pressure-packed 1-2-3 shutdown in the seventh.
Joe Lampe went 3-for-4 for the Gauchos, with Ibai Guadron collecting two hits and driving in three runs. Justin Millard and Moore each had two hits.
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