NCS roundup: Petaluma and St. Vincent baseball, Analy and Newman softball eliminated

Dougherty Valley ended Petaluma’s hot streak in their Division 2 baseball semifinal Wednesday at the San Ramon school. The Wildcats won it, 3-2, on a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-out ground ball through the infield.

After both teams swapped zeros for the first four innings, the Trojans took a brief 2-0 lead on a two-run single by Dominic Deville, but the lead was short-lived. The Wildcats tied it in the bottom of the inning, getting the first run on an error.

Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun was proud of his team’s tenacity. The Trojans qualified for the NCS playoffs by winning the Sonoma County League tournament, then upset No. 3 seed and crosstown rival Casa Grande in the quarterfinals.

He credited graduating seniors Dominic Deville, Dylan Parks, Brandon Hagerla, Daniel Comstock and Spencer Cervantes with setting an example.

“They came together and set the tone from the beginning of the year,” Cochrun said. “Those guys would stay after practice to hit for at least an hour since the beginning of the year.

“It was just a fantastic run,” Cochrun said.

DIV. 3 SOFTBALL: SAN MARIN 4, ANALY 1

For the second consecutive year, Analy’s softball team saw its season end at the hands of San Marin.

Despite a solid outing from senior pitcher Megan Winters, errors knocked the Tigers into an early hole they couldn’t climb out of.

After the Mustangs got two runs in the top of the first, Analy appeared primed for a rally in the bottom of the inning. A pair of errors put Maria Ragusa and Kaitlyn Jay on second and third with none out. Winters singled to drive in Ragusa, but the pitcher was thrown out at second trying for a double and Jay was erased trying to score from second as Mustangs catcher Gianna Bruschera blocked the plate.

For the rest of the evening, the Tigers repeatedly made good contact off of San Marin’s dominant starter, Danielle Albini, but every ball seemed to be hit right at an infielder.

DIV. 4 SOFTBALL: SALESIAN 8, CARDINAL NEWMAN 3

Salesian’s young battery tormented No. 8 seed Cardinal Newman, ending the Cardinals’ surprising run through the Division 4 NCS bracket.

Starting pitcher Zoe Conley, a sophomore, struck out 16 Cardinals in a complete game, while freshman catcher Meghan Bradbury went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI.

The final score was in some ways reflective of how the teams fared in bases-loaded situations, Cardinals coach Mark Cooper said.

“We loaded the bases in the second inning but ended up hitting into a double play,” he said.

Bradbury “got up on a full count and ended up hitting the grand slam,” Cooper said. “It was hard to get back after that.”

Wednesday’s playoff game was the first matchup ever between Salesian and either Cardinal Newman or Ursuline softball, Cooper said.

The Cardinals will return most of this year’s team, with pitcher Hailey Eisenhauer and position players Jill Klein and Alissa Malone graduating.

DIV. 5 BASEBALL: VALLEY CHRISTIAN 5, ST. VINCENT 4

The young St. Vincent de Paul baseball team saw a seventh-inning rally fall one run short as the Mustangs lost 5-4 to top seed Valley Christian of Dublin.

The Vikings’ Jared Dalrymple gave up one run in six innings, handing St. Vincent (22-4) its first loss in 15 games. It was the Mustangs’ seventh NCS appearance.