Petaluma downs Rancho Cotate 3-2

By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMCRAT

ROHNERT PARK — With the North Coast Section softball seeding meeting on the horizon, Petaluma did itself a huge favor Friday afternoon by defeating nonleague rival Rancho Cotate, 3-2.

With the victory over the homestanding Cougars, the Trojans, the defending NCS champions, stated their case for a top-four seed in the upcoming tournament.

“It’s more than a non-league game,” Petaluma head coach Kurt Jastrow said. “You want to play great teams — it gets the adrenaline pumping.”

Jastrow’s adrenaline must have been pumping rather quickly in this one. The Cougars opened the first with homers over the center-field fence by Kristine Rocossa and starting pitcher Katy Kibbe. Kibbe’s homer was her ninth of the year.

Kibbe shut out the Trojans for the first three innings, but Nicole Wiecks doubled to lead off the fourth. Allie Corids singled Wiecks to third who then scored on a delayed steal, Corids being tossed out at second.

In the next inning, Petaluma scored all the runs it would need when team captain T.J. Watts singled to right to score Joelle Krist and Katie Bisges.

After the first-inning home-run blitz, Petaluma’s junior starting pitcher Dana Thomsen settled down allowing only three hits the rest of the way. She didn’t allow another runner to advance past second base.

Thomsen pitched a complete game giving up five hits, striking out eight and walking a pair.

“She took it on the chin early on but she got tougher and kept battling to get the win,” Jastrow said.

Thomsen completed the game striking out four of the final six hitters she faced.

Would the Cougars like a rematch against Petaluma in the NCS tournament?

“Yes, I’d love to play Petaluma again,” said Rancho Cotate head coach Dave Johnson.