American Legion baseball: Petaluma advances to championship round

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Petaluma Leghorns advanced to the championship round of the American Legion World Series, rallying from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Brooklawn, N.J., 14-4, Monday in Shelby, N.C.

Casa Grande star Anthony Bender homered in the sixth inning, when the Leghorns cut Brooklawn’s lead in half, 4-2. Bender went 2 for 5 and scored three runs.

Petaluma turned a close game into a rout, scoring five runs in the seventh inning, a run in the eighth and six more in the ninth. The Leghorns capitalized on 17 walks issued by three different Brooklawn pitchers.

Nicholas Marks, who picked up the win for Petaluma, relieved starting pitcher Connor Littleton (two earned runs in five innings) and pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning. A hit and two walks loaded the bases for Brooklawn, but Marks got out unscathed. Dominic Garihan threw three perfect innings to close out the game.

Other top performers for the Leghorns included Charles Parnow (two hits, three RBIs) and Robert Busse (two runs, three RBIs).

Petaluma plays Waipahu, Hawaii, today at 2 p.m. in the first game of the championship round.

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