Petaluma advances to American Legion World Series

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Powerful at the plate and stingy in the field, the Petaluma Leghorns are going to the American Legion World Series after capturing the Western Regional Tournament with another strong outing Monday.
The Leghorns — Petaluma Post 28 – join seven other regional winners in the Legion World Series opening Friday at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.
Petaluma continued its remarkable season Monday shutting out Las Vegas 9-0 to take the regional title in Surprise, Ariz. Petaluma took four of five games in the tournament, outscoring opponents 64 to 23.
Earlier the Leghorns swept four contests to take the California state tournament, in Yountville.
Pacing the Petaluma squad are a number of All-Empire prep players. Three combined for Monday’s shutout – Jimmy Flatt, Sonoma Valley high, Brandon Hagerla, Petaluma high and SRJC, and Anthony Bender, Casa Grande. The trio scattered 10 hits.
Leading the hit parade Monday was Charles Parnow, an All-Empire selection from Casa Grande. Parnow had three hits including a pair of home runs and four runs batted in on the day.
For the regional Chase Stafford, All-Empire out of Casa Grande and now at SRJC, batted .478 with a team best 11 runs batted in. Bender also posted a .478 average at the plate matching Stafford with 11 hits. Parnow batted .455 and Ryan Haug, All-Empire from Rancho Cotate, hit .429 for the series.
Flatt earned the victory in two regional games. Hagerla led the staff with 11 innings pitched.
Petaluma was the last team standing in the regional that also featured squads representing Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Texas.
The Legion World Series, Aug. 16-20, can be seen on All games will be streamed live. Go to


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