Vaughn’s RBI lifts Carrillo over Newman


PETALUMA — Andrew Vaughn got Maria Carrillo’s only hit Thursday against Cardinal Newman in the Adam Westcott Memorial Tournament and boy was it a big one.

The freshman’s line-drive single to right knocked in the game’s lone run as the Pumas defeated the Cardinals, 1-0, at Casa Grande High.

Losing pitcher Ridge Etchell’s gem was almost matched by winning pitcher Alec Rennard. The right-hander allowed only two hits. Both hurlers went the distance.

Carrillo broke through in the top of the sixth. Clayton Andrews opened the inning by coaxing a walk. He stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Keith Wallach. Andrews then attempted to score on Jake Scheiner’s grounder but was thrown out at the plate.

That put Scheiner on first with two outs and brought Vaughn to the plate. On the first pitch, Etchell committed a balk and on the next pitch, Vaughn singled to right and Scheiner scored easily.

“I got the pitch I was expecting and hit it hard,” Vaughn said. “The first two times up, the first pitch I saw was a fastball, so I was looking for another one. The ball was outside and I took it to the opposite field.”

Vaughn, who batted clean-up, walked his first two times at the plate.

Carrillo coach Derek DeBenedetti said his second baseman is a special player.

“It’s the intangibles that make him so good,” DeBenedetti said. “He plays like a senior. He’s mentally strong and not afraid of any situation as he showed in this game.”

The coach also had words of praise for Rennard.

“He’s been spectacular this season,” DeBenedetti said. “He’s given up four runs in three starts. He can finish and throw strikes any time.”

Newman’s best chance to score came in the seventh. Erik Owenson opened the inning with an infield single and Richard Clark followed him with a walk. After Etchell hit a routine fly to right field, Austin Calos came on to pinch-hit. The senior grounded into a double play to end the game.

“Losing when your pitcher gives up only one hit is tough to swallow,” Newman coach TJ McMahon said. “It was a well-played game and all we can do now is get ready for the next game.”

Today, the Cardinals play Casa Grande at 4 p.m.

Carrillo also will play the tournament hosts today. That game is at 10 a.m.

The Westcott wraps up on Saturday with all six teams playing. The championship game, originally scheduled for 4 p.m., has been moved up to 2 p.m.

In other action Thursday, Sonoma Valley won both its games. The Dragons defeated Healdsburg, 6-0, and Eureka, 5-2.

Devon Graff and Jimmy Flatt each pitched complete games for Sonoma. Jonah Son was the hitting star coming up with a pair of RBIs in both games.

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