SCL softball: Petaluma overcomes early deficit against Analy

By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The weather held up long enough Thursday afternoon for two of the Empire’s top softball teams to decide the front-runner going forward in the Sonoma County League.

After a slow start, Petaluma rallied back from two down to beat Analy, 5-2, improving to 4-0 in league play and 11-1 overall.

“We started slow; the last couple of games we have came out slow,” Petaluma coach Kurt Jastrow said.

Both sides came prepared with their aces on the mound, Megan Winters for Analy and Dana Thomsen for Petaluma. Both boast earned-run averages close to 1.00.

The Tigers got to Thomsen early in the first inning with two quick singles. Jenna Petray sliced a ball down the right-field line to knock in both runners. The freshman continues to be a strong force this season, going 2 for 3 on the day.

Winters breezed through the first three innings before hitting a snag in the fourth. Petaluma loaded the bases with none out and scored when Winters walked Katie Bisges on four pitches to score Nicole Wiecks.

Analy’s defense came up big, throwing out consecutive Petaluma runners at the plate, but the Trojans tied the game when Bisges scored on a passed ball.

Petaluma again loaded the bases in the fifth inning on a walk, single and error. Bisges came to the plate a second time with the bases full, and after getting behind in the count with two strikes, the freshman was hit in the ankle by a pitch, bringing home Wiecks again.

Petaluma added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Joelle Krist scored on an RBI single by T.J. Watts. After attempting to steal third base, Watts came home when the throw sailed wide.

Petaluma improved to 11-1 and 4-0 in league. Analy dropped to 6-5 and 2-1.