Miners rally late to top Fairfield | TheUnion.com

Miners rally late to top Fairfield

For the first five innings Thursday, the Grass Valley Post 130 Miners couldn’t get much going.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, that all changed.

The Miners plated six runs in the sixth, all coming with two outs, to beat TC Legion from Fairfield, 6-2, in the second round of the American Legion Area 1 Tournament.

“They had a guy throwing a bunch of off-speed stuff, curveballs in the dirt, and our guys were just rolling over on it,” Grass Valley manager Jim Souza said.

The Miners found their swing in the sixth after a pair of walks and an error by TC Legion loaded the bases.

Souza sent pinch hitter Sam Powell to the plate, and the switch paid off. Powell ripped a two-RBI single to give Grass Valley the lead.

Nolan Fillman then followed with an RBI single, and Brady Porter tacked on one with an RBI knock of his own.

Two more runs would score in the inning coming on passed balls. Fillman and Porter each had two hits on the day, and Dalton Maxwell added a hit and also scored a run.

On the night, the Miners mustered only six hits, but they came at critical times, said Souza.

The Miners’ Christian Straub went the distance from the slab, throwing seven innings, allowing just five hits and one earned run while striking out two.

Grass Valley is looking good as one of only two teams without a loss in the double-elimination tourney.

The Miners play the other undefeated squad, Napa, at 7 p.m. tonight.

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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