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Aug, 2017

Los Gatos, California wins Palomino World Series

2017 Palomino World Series Championship Game recap: Los Gatos, California 8 Santa Clara (Soldiers), California 5

West Zone Finalist Los Gatos, California used a five-run top of the first inning to set the tone and propel itself to win 8-5 over Santa Clara (Soldiers), California in the championship game of the Palomino World Series Sunday. It is the first time that a team from Los Gatos has ever won a Palomino World Series title.

In the top of the first inning, Los Gatos used two singles and a walk to load the bases for Angelo Zorn, who came through with a two-RBI single to right field. On the next at-bat, Nicholas Prainito gave his team a huge lift, when he hit a three-run blast to left field to give his team a five-run lead. Los Gatos would pick up another run in the top of the second, when Dominic Flocchini led off the inning with a single and Grady Ryan brought him around to score on a triple (6-0 Los Gatos).

Santa Clara's Ricky Martinez got a run back for his team in the bottom of the second, when he led off the inning with a solo home run to center (6-1 Los Gatos). The home run was the only blemish against Los Gatos starter Dominic Tognotti, who went four innings strong, allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out two for the win.

Santa Clara was sparked by a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth. After two players walked and two outs were recorded, Blake Diggle came through with an RBI single to right that put runners on the corners. Martinez was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Then, Hunter Schilproort came through with a bases-clearing double to right field to get the Soldiers within a run (6-5) with one inning remaining.

Unfortunately for Santa Clara's comeback chances, a walk and an error, which led to both runners taking an extra base, placed two Los Gatos runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh. Then, Emilio Nogales cashed them both in on his single to center field, giving his team a three-run cushion (8-5).

Los Gatos' Kanoa Pagan shut Santa Clara down in order in the bottom of the seventh to complete the save and the team's championship victory.

Zorn and Prainito both went 2-for-3 with multiple RBI and a run scored for Los Gatos, while Schilproort's three-RBI double headlined Santa Clara's offensive performance. For Santa Clara, Stephen Grizzle pitched well in relief. He went five innings strong and didn't allow a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six.

Los Gatos' title marks the 13th title by a team from the state of the California, extending the state's lead for most all-time titles by any U.S. state or international country. It also represented California's fourth title in the last five years.

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