YOUNTVILLE-Following their win Thursday, the Napa Valley Baseball Club 17U team met up with the Eureka Eagles in round 2 of the California American Legion tournament. Playing with a chip on their shoulder Napa won 7-2 to move onto the winners bracket final.
“A little bit yeah, we definitely have been, and especially since last tournament we go knocked out early, way earlier than we expected,” Max Phipps said of the hosts playing with a chip on their shoulder. “We came into this one really fired up, and ready to play and win.”
The big blow in the game came when Luke Leachman hit a bases clearing two-out double in the top of the second inning that gave Napa a 5-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
NVBC also scored in the first, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh.
Eureka got their runs in the fifth after an error started a rally.
Napa will next face the defending champions San Juan Capistrano out of Orange County tomorrow at 12:30pm, Eureka will face Pomona of Los Angeles County at 10am in an elimination game that’s also a rematch of Thursday’s game that saw Eureka win 6-1. The 3pm game will be the winner of the 10am game vs the loser of the 12:30pm game.
“I think we’re ready to go and get them,” Left Fielder Colton Maher said of the matchup with San Juan Capistrano. “We’ve got a good mojo going, momentum is on our side for these last two games, and we’re ready for San Juan.”
“It’s exciting, it’s got two teams that play very good when they reach their full potential,” Phipps added on the upcoming matchup. “Hopefully both of us reach our full potential, and the better team comes out. And whoever loses hopefully you get a crack at them on Sunday.”
Phipps got the win for Napa. He struck out one Eagle, and walked one. Zach Daniels, and Colton Maher each pitched two innings also to close out the day.
Kalebh Hill took the loss for Eureka. He walked five Napa batter, and struck out one. He allowed five of the seven runs.