Miners end run at state tourney | TheUnion.com

Miners end run at state tourney

After getting an extra life in the American Legion Junior baseball postseason, the district champion Grass Valley Miners concluded their summer season after dropping a pair of weekend games at the California state championship tourney.

The tourney opened Saturday with Grass Valley facing the Napa Tribe. The Miners struggled to get things going offensively, tallying only three hits as they fell to Napa, 6-1. It was the Miners’ third loss to Napa this season.

Garrett O’Callaghan accounted for two of the three hits, and Christian Straub notched the other with a bunt single.

“(Napa) threw the same guy we saw in the Area tourney; only this time, he was rested,” Grass Valley manager Jim Souza said. “He did a heck of a job. He kept us off balance and did a good job.”

The Miners had lost to Napa in the Area 1 Championship last weekend, but due to a strong regular season, they were chosen as the wildcard team and the sixth squad in the state tourney.

Joey Souza got the start for the Miners, throwing a complete game and allowing four earned runs while striking out four.

The Miners absorbed their second loss in the double-elimination tourney Sunday with a 3-2 loss to Mission Viejo.

“(Mission Viejo) had a pitcher who was comparable if not better than the Tribe’s pitcher,” Souza said.

Again the Miners struggled to get their offense rolling, only scoring two runs in the contest.

Jakob Freele led the way for Grass Valley with a double and an RBI, Nolan Fillman added an RBI, and Jordan Jiannino chipped in a base knock.

On the mound for the Miners was Straub, who went the distance, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs.

The Miners conclude the season with 24 wins, a district championship and one as of the final six American Legion teams playing in California.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232. deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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