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NCS softball playoff roundup: Petaluma, Newman, St. Vincent advance

By ERIC WITTMERSHAUS
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Working around a brief rain delay, Petaluma’s Dana Thomsen threw a no-hitter, and the Trojans advanced to the NCS Division 2 semifinals with a 5-0 win over visiting Alameda on Friday.

Petaluma coach Kurt Jastrow said Thomsen, a junior, was nearly flawless.

“They didn’t hit the ball hard,” Jastrow said of the Hornets. “They hit one line drive to the center fielder, but … everything else was a weak grounder to the infield or a strikeout.”

Jastrow worried a rain delay of about 25 minutes would disrupt his pitcher’s rhythm.

“It just poured,” he said. “I thought, ‘Oh, she’s gotta warm up again,’ but she was feeling good. I think she walked one batter in (getting) the last six outs.”

The Trojans’ next game will be Tuesday at Alhambra. The Bulldogs beat Petaluma, 6-5, earlier in the season.

“We had them 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs” before losing, Jastrow said. “It’s two very good teams, and we match up pretty well.”

DIVISION 4: CARDINAL NEWMAN 10, CLEAR LAKE 6

Behind a seven-run sixth inning, visiting Cardinal Newman pulled off a come-from-behind shocker and ousted Clear Lake, the top-seeded team in Division 4 on Friday in Lakeport.

Cardinal Newman coach Mark Cooper said he believed it was the first time his team, either as Cardinal Newman or Ursuline, had faced Clear Lake, which is also nicknamed the Cardinals.

After taking an early two-run lead, Cooper’s team fell behind 5-0 and had to claw its way back.

A patient approach at the plate paid off in the sixth, Cooper said, when Clear Lake pitcher Emily Wingler appeared to tire.

“We got our hits when we needed them, but it was a good thing that our batters were a little patient,” Cooper said. “We had five walks in that inning where we scored seven.”

In that same inning, Kayla Douglas drove in two runs with an RBI double following an intentional walk to Kazja Fa’agata Averbuck, who was 2-for-3 on the day.

Cooper praised Cardinal Newman starter Hailey Eisenhauer for her lock-down pitching once her team took the lead. Eisenhauer struck out four of the last six batters she faced, Cooper said.

DIVISION 5: ST. VINCENT 8, HEAD-ROYCE 1

The top-seeded Mustangs dispatched visiting Head-Royce of Oakland behind strong pitching from Hayley Olson, who threw a four-hitter.

“My defense was solid; they played great,” head coach Don Jensen said.