The Grass Valley Miners are now in the driver’s seat with their GPS set for an American Legion District Championship.
The Miners got one step closer to winning their district and earning a berth into the area tournament with a 9-4 victory Friday over El Dorado.
In the double-elimination format, the Miners are the only team left without a loss and will play in the championship game today at Ted White Field on the campus of Nevada Union.
The Miners will take on the winner of the El Dorado vs. Bear River elimination game, which was postponed due to lack of light when the game was knotted at 12-12 in the ninth inning. The game will resume at 10 a.m. today.
In Grass Valley’s Friday win over El Dorado, Joey Souza earned his sixth win during the summer season and is still without a loss. Souza pitched all seven innings, allowed seven hits and three earned runs and struck out six. Souza did get hit by a ball that was batted back at him while on the mound but stayed in the game. The ball ricocheted off his non-throwing wrist in the second inning, but he was undeterred as he finished the game on the mound and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
The Miners’ Jakob Freele added a double and an RBI, Jordan Jiannino went 2-for-2, including two walks and two RBIs, Dalton Maxwell chipped in with a triple and two RBIs, and Dylan Conger went 2-for-2, including two walks.
Also helping out on the offensive end was Noah Arriaga with a base hit and an RBI, and Tristan Cook with a hit to go with a pair of walks.
The championship round gets started directly after the El Dorado-Bear River game concludes at Ted White Field with the Miners needing to win just one game to clinch the district.