Miners fall to Napa at Area tourney | TheUnion.com

Miners fall to Napa at Area tourney

The Grass Valley Post 130 Miners hit their first speed bump Friday in what has been a stellar American Legion baseball postseason run.

The Miners were 5-0 in the district and area tournaments before Friday’s 4-3 loss to Napa.

In the loss, Grass Valley grabbed the early lead with a run in the first.

Napa would knot it up in the fourth, and then take the lead in the fifth with two more runs.

Grass Valley answered back with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 3-3.

Napa scored the eventual game winning run in the sixth.

Taking the loss on the mound for Grass Valley was Chris Sardo, allowing four runs in seven innings pitched.

Sardo did evoke a lot of ground-ball outs from Napa, including three double-play balls.

From the plate, the Miners notched only four hits, coming off the bats of Jakob Freele, Dalton Maxwell, Joey Souza and Noah Arriaga.

Maxwell’s hit resulted in an RBI, and Souza’s hit was a three bagger.

With the loss, Grass Valley will play Susanville, a team it beat during the regular season at 10 a.m. today in the semifinal round.

If the Miners beat Susanville, they take on Napa in the championship round at 3 p.m. and would have to beat Napa twice to claim the Area 1 title.

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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