Not often does a team blow an eight-run lead and still win. But it was a wild one on Sunday as Yolo Post 77 took on Petaluma in the third-place game of the Chico Father’s Day Tournament at Doryland Field.
Despite having that big early lead erased by the fifth inning, Yolo got just enough runs late, walking off with a 12-11 American Legion victory.
Post 77, which is now 15-3 on the season, scored five runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second and looked like it was on its way to an easy win. However, Petaluma not only matched the locals, but did one better in the fourth and fifth frames to take a 9-8 advantage.
The teams then scored two runs apiece in the final three half-innings, each time trading the lead, until Yolo finally prevailed.
Post 77’s 17-hit attack saw six players hits safely at least twice, five of them knocking in runs. Former Davis High standouts Joe Murray and Hayden Duer paced the locals with three hits each, Duer adding a pair of RBIs. In addition, Yolo got two doubles and two RBIs from Justin Carlier.
After winning four of five games in Chico, Post 77 is back at Clark Field for a Wednesday matchup with Fairfield. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.