Softball: Petaluma’s Thomsen tosses perfect game in 10-0 win

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SEBASTOPOL — Dana Thomsen threw a perfect game and the Petaluma offense scored in all five innings here Tuesday as the Trojans defeated Analy, 10-0, in Sonoma County League softball play.

The game ended after five innings under the 10-run rule.

Thomsen faced the minimum 15 batters and her defense had only one difficult play. That came in the fourth inning when second baseman Joelle Krist had to jump up to catch a line drive off the bat of Madi Ortega.

This didn’t figure to be a one-sided contest. Both teams were unbeaten in league and Analy had a 13-3 overall record compared to Petaluma’s mark of 12-1. The Trojans’ lone loss came in their season opener to Pinole Valley.

Petaluma got the only run Thomsen would need in the first. They added four more in the second, then scored one in the third and two in both the fourth and fifth.

While the Trojans banged out a dozen hits, Analy helped keep several innings alive by committing errors. The Tigers made four.

Analy’s offense had been averaging nine runs per game until coming up against Thomsen. The right-hander struck out five, including the three batters she faced in the final inning.

“My fastball and curve were working,” she said. “I was able to hit the inside of the plate with my fastball and my curve was consistently finding the outside corner.”

It was the first no-hitter at the varsity level for the senior and she needed only 52 pitches.

Thomsen, who is going to Humboldt State next year on a softball scholarship, now has a 9-1 record.

“Dana was lights out and hit her spots consistently,” coach Kurt Jastrow said. “When she pitches like that and our hitting is on, we’re a tough club to beat.”

Miranda Swanson and Nicole Wiecks both had three RBIs. Swanson went two-for-four and Wiecks was two-for-three.

Krist had two doubles and a single in three at-bats. Both extra base hits reached the fence.

“This was the best I’ve hit all year,” the sophomore said. “I was swinging the bat real well in warm-ups and it carried over to the game.”

Nick Houtz, in his 19th year leading the Analy program, was shaking his head after the game.

“In all my years of coaching, this was the first time one of my teams was shut out in an SCL game,” he said.

“They hit the ball and we didn’t. Also, you can’t make as many errors as we did and beat a quality team like Petaluma.

“Good teams bounce back. We’ll see how we do going forward.”

The Tigers better regroup in a hurry because Thursday they visit a good Sonoma Valley team.

As for Petaluma, it’s hard to imagine the Trojans losing a SCL game. They’ll play again today hosting Piner and on Thursday, Healdsburg comes to town.

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