Pitching down this year? Not for Montgomery and Rancho

Posted by: Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget

Talking with North Bay League and Sonoma County League softball coaches, a common refrain is revealed – depth and quality of pitching is down this season. Hitting around the league is up. Undefeated Montgomery is hitting .337 as a team.

With that in mind, consider the recent match-up between Rancho Cotate and Montgomery. The Vikings won 1-0 to run their record to 19-0. Montgomery’s Taylor Stroud threw a two-hitter, her ninth shutout. The Vikings have recorded 12 shutouts in total. Rancho has nine. No wonder the game was over in 1 hour and 22 minutes. Stroud and Rancho ace Stephanie Sarris work fast and walk few batters. There were only five hits in the game, and one extra base knock, a double by Stroud.

Montgomery and Rancho faced off with a combined record 34-1-1. Montgomery pitchers have given up a measly eight runs all year. Only 29 runs have been scored against Rancho. So, while other teams struggle Montgomery and Rancho seem headed to the playoffs with their pitching in tact. Both should expect a deep run in the North Coast Section tournament.