And that turned out to be too much for the Leghorns to overcome in an 8-5 loss to Mid-South regional champion Gonzalez (La.) in a first-round American Legion World Series game today in Shelby, N.C.
The good news from a Leghorns standpoint is that they live to play another day in the double-elimination tournament. Petaluma is scheduled to play on Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of today's game between Northeast regional champion Branford (Conn.) and Southeast champion Wilmington (N.C.).
All games can be viewed live on ESPN3.
Petaluma led 4-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, when Gonzalez erupted for eight runs.
Ryan Haug hit a two-run homer that highlighted a three-run third inning that opened up a 4-0 lead.
Robert Busse and Weston Bryan each contributed two hits for Petaluma.
The Leghorns scored the game's first run when Bryan Weston doubled and scored on a Ryan Walsh one-out hit.
Haug's homer, an inside-the-park shot down the right field line, followed Chase Stafford's one-out walk.
Bryan led the sixth with a double and scored on a Scott Hilbert groundout to make it an 8-5 game.