Miners wallop Auburn in Legion action | TheUnion.com

Miners wallop Auburn in Legion action

The Grass Valley Miners are looking good as the Junior American Legion baseball regular season nears its end and the district tourney looms.

The Miners earned their 14th win in 19 games this season Thursday, beating Auburn Post 84 by a double-digit margin for the second straight game.

Grass Valley’s 12-2 win Thursday in Auburn now makes it 23 runs to three in two contests between the teams.

Christian Straub got the start and the win on the mound for Grass Valley, throwing five strong innings, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out five.

Chris Sardo relieved Straub in the sixth, throwing the final two innings, striking out five and giving up a run.

From the plate, leadoff man Jakob Freele continued to set the table, notching two hits, including a double.

Noah Arriaga drove in a run with a double, Tristan Cook also had an RBI knock and Joey Souza added a base hit. Zach Garrity showed a keen eye at the plate, drawing three walks in three at bats.

The Miners have two games left in the regular season, both coming Saturday at Ted White Field on the Nevada Union campus when the Miners host Auburn one more time at 10 a.m. and then face El Dorado in a makeup game at 3 p.m.

The District tourney is set to start July 18, and will be hosted at Ted White Field.

Grass Valley manager Jim Souza said the Miners will likely get the No. 2 seed behind El Dorado.

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