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GV still hot at Legion Area tourney

The Union staff

After sweeping through the district tourney last weekend, the Grass Valley Post 130 Miners continued their hot streak by thumping Chico Blue, 10-1, in the first round of the American Legion Area 1 Junior Baseball Tournament Wednesday in Fairfield.

Grass Valley’s Joey Souza continued his stellar summer season from the slab, winning his seventh game as a starter, throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits and no earned runs while striking out nine.

“(Joey Souza) was pitching with a three run lead in the first, and I think that was a little confidence boost,” Grass Valley manager Jim Souza said. “He had them off balance with his fastball, off speed stuff and curveball. He had guys just waving at it.”

Joey Souza also helped himself out at the plate with a 3-for-5 day, including an RBI.

Grass Valley middle infielder Dalton Maxwell led the offensive charge with four RBIs, including a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double.

Other key contributors were Jakob Freele with a pair of doubles and an RBI, Garrett O’Callaghan chipped in a 2-for-3 day with two RBIs, Nolan Fillaman added an RBI hit, and Noah Arriaga went 2-for-5 in the win.

The blowout by the Miners may have come as a surprise to some as Chico Blue had beaten Grass Valley earlier this season 3-1.

“When we played them the first time, it was in a wood bat tournament,” Jim Souza said. “It was our first time swinging wood bats, and that may have had something to do with it.”

The Miners are back at it today for the second round of the double elimination tourney and will face off against a team yet to be determined at 7 p.m. in Fairfield.


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