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Petaluma Wins 2nd Annual 'Leonhardt Cup' at Wine Country Baseball Championship

Piratas edge out Sonoma Grape Crushers in playoffs, which were held in Sonoma. Healdsburg's Recreation Park was the site of many of the regular season games.

The Petaluma Piratas defeated the 8 to 1 to capture the Leonhardt Cup at the last week.

The Petaluma team, led by Manager Val Altamare, ended the season undefeated at 16 and 0. The Sonoma Grape Crushers ended at 12 and 4.

Petaluma started off strong in the secondinning on a two-run double into the left center gap by Jarrod Camara.

Jarrod was two for three on the day. Mike Miller, the Piratas pitcher, was chosen as Most Valuable Player of the championship game with a 12 strike out, one-run complete game.

, comprising 8 of 9 starters being from the town of Sonoma itself, fought hard in front of their home crowd. Twice they loaded the bases with one out and then failed to score.

Sonoma’s star Matt Simpson scored their only run. Dan Hunt of the Piratas returned on leave from military service just to make the playoffs for his team.

Next year, will return in early June this time split into two units. A six-team league for collegiate players only and a six- team open enrollment community league -- see www.winecountrybaseball.com for more details.

The league is seeking familes to host college players visiting from around the nation from June 15 to Aug. 19 next summer. For more information, please e-mail howard@winecountrybaseball.com
Contact: hleonhardt@aol.com www.winecountrybaseball.com and www.leonhardtventures.com telephone 954 401 0096

--By Howard Leonhardt

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