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Grass Valley knocks off Placer, El Dorado in double-header

The Grass Valley Miners American Legion baseball squad took care of business Saturday as they won each game in a double-header, the first against Placer and the second against El Dorado.

In an 11-0 blow out victory over Placer, Chris Sardo took the mound for the Miners and threw all six innings for the mercy-rule win as he allowed just two hits and struck out 13 batters.

“Sardo was very impressive and really on,” said Grass Valley head coach Jim Souza in a phone message.

Offensively for Grass Valley, Zach Garrity went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Joey Souza finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Brady Porter went 1-for-3 with an RBI and base hits were added by Noah Arriaga, Nolan Fillman, Dylan Conger, Garrett O’Callaghan and Tristan Cook. The Miners also took advantage of walks and wild pitches to score additional runs.

O’Callaghan started on the mound for Grass Valley in its second game versus El Dorado and pitched 5 1/3 innings as he yielded five runs, four hits and fanned four batters. He was relieved by Joey Souza who finished the game and earned the win as he threw 1 2/3 innings and surrendered just two hits while striking out three. Grass Valley had trailed late in the game but an RBI single by Cook gave them the go ahead run in the top of the seventh and they held on for a 6-5 victory. O’Callaghan led the team at the plate with an impressive 4-for-4 performance which included an RBI single, Garrity was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Conger finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and hits were also contributed by Jordan Jianinno, Dalton Maxwell, Arriaga, Porter and Souza.

The Miners added another victory to their win column this weekend after it was discovered that El Dorado had used an ineligible player during a game in which Grass Valley had lost earlier this season. Grass Valley now improves to 17-4 and hosts the American Legion District Tournament beginning Thursday.


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