SCL baseball: Trojans stay flawless, beats Analy 9-2 in championship game

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

PETALUMA — The Trojans wrapped up a perfect season against SCL competition on Friday as they defeated Analy, 9-2, in the championship game of the league tournament.

It was the 14th consecutive victory over SCL opponents. While winning 12 regular season games, the Trojans scored 130 runs and gave up five.

The domination continued Friday as Petaluma put three runs on the board in the first, second and sixth innings. Analy scored twice in the fifth.

Gina Barnacle, who had been struggling with the bat in recent games, got the home team off to a quick start with a two-run triple in the first inning.

“I spent a lot of time practicing hitting on Thursday and realized I was starting my swing too late on inside pitches,” the first baseman said. “On the triple, I got my swing started early and hit the ball solid.”

Barnacle’s three-bagger was over the left fielder’s head. She added a single in the fifth.

It appeared that after grabbing a quick 6-0 lead, Petaluma’s intensity level dropped.

“We let up in the middle innings,” Barnacle said. “Then, after Analy scored, we came back with three in the sixth.”The Trojans have now won 24 straight since dropping their season opener.

“This group is special and not just because they’ve won so many games,” coach Kurt Jastrow said.

“To a player, they’re humble. We only have three seniors but they all know how to play the game the right way. They know situational hitting, how to run the bases and how to make smart plays on defense.”

Despite the score, there was reason for Tigers coach Nick Houtz to be encouraged.

His players banged out 10 hits against Dana Thomsen, the best pitcher in the Redwood Empire. The right-hander brought a 14-1 record and 0.76 record into the game.

“I thought we did well,” Houtz said. “We’re young and to get 10 hits against a quality pitcher is reason to be optimistic about the future.”

Like Petaluma, Analy has three seniors on its roster. For Friday’s game, Houtz brought up three players from the junior varsity.

Pitcher Saja Spearman-Weaver, one of the JV call-ups, was especially impressive. She came on to relieve starter Derika Green in the second and didn’t allow a hit in the third or fourth innings.

Petaluma, winner of the NCS Division 2 bracket in 2011, will have a high seed when the tournament field is announced on Sunday. Analy (18-7) will also get an invitation.

 

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