The Tri-County Gamblers reached today’s championship games of the Joe DiMaggio World Series at Cleve Borman Field in Yountville by eliminating Napa’s Raneri & Long Roofing/Mark Coleman Insurance on Monday, 9-6, and the River City Outlaws on Tuesday, 7-4.
Raneri & Long/Coleman starting pitcher Sam Rosenthal — who had pitched his team past Tri-County in the tournament’s first game on Saturday, 7-4, allowing one run in six innings — got the loss Monday after giving up three runs in the first inning.
The Napa squad pulled within 3-1 when Diano Pachote walked and scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Gamblers padded their lead to 9-1.
Raneri & Long/Coleman made it 9-4 with three runs in the fifth, but the rally ended when T.J. Dove made a diving catch of Brendan Natuzzi’s fly ball with the bases loaded. Napa added two more runs in the sixth on a pair of hit batsmen, a walk and a single.
The Napa team, which left 12 runners on base, was led by Michael Caldwell with two hits and an RBI, and Bradley Boliga with two RBIs.
Adam Inouye was Tri-County’s winning pitcher, and Brad Bonnefant got the save.
Leading the Gamblers were Nolan West (two hits, RBI), Colton Minton (double, single, two RBIs), Michael Bermudez (two hits, RBI), Caleb Parker (double) and Dove (double).
Ben Gamba’s walkoff grand slam homer in the bottom of the seventh kept Tri-County alive in the double-elimination tournament against River City on Tuesday. Gamba, the Gamblers’ first baseman, had five RBIs on the day, the first on a single in the fifth that scored Parker and tied the game at 3-3. Tri-County had taken a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before a two-run homer by Hunter White put River City ahead, 3-2. Daniel Johnson put River City back on top, 4-3 in the top of seventh with an RBI triple that scored Alex Smith.
For Tri-County, Trenton McDaniel was the winning pitcher, Parker added three hits and Mat Sanders had two hits.
Donovan Palma was the losing pitcher for River City, which got two hits from Johnny Savage.
Tri-County needs to beat the undefeated Millbrae Mavericks at 10 a.m. today to force a second game, which would be scheduled for 12:45 p.m. today.