The Grass Valley Miners American Legion baseball club played a pair of double-headers at the Susanville Tournament over the weekend and finished 3-1 as it collected wins against Susanville, Reno and Redding.
The Miners only loss at the all-wooden bat tournament came in their first game Saturday when they fell 3-1 to the Chico Suns. Christian Straub started on the mound for Grass Valley and pitched four innings as he allowed two runs and struck out six. Chris Sardo relieved Straub and threw two innings as he allowed one run and fanned a batter. At the plate, Jakob Freele went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases. Joey Souza was 1-for-4 batting with a double and Garrett O’Callaghan pushed across the team’s only RBI.
In the second game of the day, the team got things rolling offensively and beat tournament host the Susanville Renegades in dominating fashion, 9-0. O’ Callaghan started on the mound for the Miners and went six solid innings as he fanned seven and allowed no runs and just four hits. Tristin Cook came on to pitch the final inning and allowed no runs or hits to preserve the shutout. Conner Upton led the charge at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Dalton Maxwell contributed and RBI-single. Souza found his swing with a 3-for-4 performance, which included a double and Freele was 1-for-5 at the plate with an RBI-double.
Runs were not hard to come by in Grass Valley’s first game Sunday, as it pounded out hits left and right for a 13-5 victory against the Reno Muckdogs. Dylan Conger scattered three hits for the Miners and finished 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Souza also added two RBIs with a base-hit and a sac-fly. Nolan Fillman got in on the slug-fest as he went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Zach Garrity went 1-for-1 with an RBI, and Noah Arriaga came through with a double. Jordan Jiannino pitched five innings for the Miners and yielded five runs as he struck out three. With the game tied 5-5 in the fifth, the Miners pulled away for good as they rallied for four runs. Grass Valley tacked on its final three runs in the sixth. Sardo closed out the game on the mound as he pitched two innings and allowed no runs with four strike outs.
Grass Valley earned some payback in its final game of the tournament Sunday as it returned the favor versus the Redding Sun Devils from earlier this season with an 8-3 victory. The Miners led start to finish, and Souza threw a complete game to record the win as he surrendered just three runs and three hits and struck out one. At the dish, Garrity stepped up big with a two-run homer and a double to finish 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“It sounded great,” said head coach Jim Souza, referring to the sound of Garrity’s blast off the wood bat. “The kid in left field just stood at the fence and watched it.”
Souza also came up clutch on offense as he was 2-for-4 with a triple and scored on a throwing error for an inside-the-park home run. Upton also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run with an RBI double. Freele finished with two RBIs.
The Miners (12-3) host El Dorado at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.