NCS playoffs: Newman blanks John Swett, Rancho falls in Newark

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Freshman Lexie Raasch hurled a five-inning no-hitter as Cardinal Newman opened NCS Division 4 softball play Wednesday with a 16-0 win over John Swett.

The first batter of the game reached base on an infield error, then Raasch retired the next 15 hitters. She struck out eight.

The Cardinals only batted four times before the game was called because of the 10-run rule.

While Raasch was holding the Indians hitless, the Newman offense pounded out 19 hits.

Five batters had three-hit afternoons: Emily Jaffe, Sarah Knight, Kayla Douglas, Megan McConnell and Rebecca Delsecco. Newman, the No. 3 seed, will host St. Patrick/St. Vincent at 4 p.m. on Friday. The teams met March 26 in Vallejo with the Cardinals prevailing, 5-1.

NEWARK MEMORIAL 6, RANCHO COTATE 2

At Newark, Memorial scored five unearned runs en route to defeating the Cougars in an opening round Division 2 baseball game.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” Rancho coach John Morrow said.

The most damaging of the Cougars’ three errors led to three runs in the sixth. With two outs, the left fielder missed a fly ball that would have retired the side.

Rancho scored twice in the top of the first on singles by Anthony Sosa and Ryan Walsh and a double by Chris DelSanto.

Connor Littleton took the loss. He pitched 4« innings and allowed Memorial’s lone earned run. Rancho, the No. 11 seed, ends the season 14-12.

ST. HELENA 9, FORTUNA 2

At Yountville, Saints baseball won its 15th game in a row and eliminated the Huskies in the process.

St. Helena, the No. 6 seed in Division 4, fell behind 1-0 in the second before scoring four times in the third. Joey and Danny Brink began the uprising with singles.

Richard Hoppe chipped in with a base hit and Jonathan Wignall doubled.

Wignall had a big afternoon. The senior was the winning pitcher and also had a triple in addition to the double. St. Helena (20-5) travels to No. 3 Piedmont (17-9) on Saturday.

ST. VINCENT 8, UNIVERSITY (SF) 3

At Petaluma, the Mustangs baseball team stayed perfect at home with the Division 5 victory.

St. Vincent has won all 11 games it has played on its turf. Alex Neve pitched six innings in relief of Dusty Oliver and improved his record to 7-3.

The Mustangs scored all their runs in the first three innings.

Armand Yektaparast blasted his fourth home run of the season and finished the day with three RBI. He also had a single and scored three times.

Will Nevin also had two hits. One was a triple that knocked in two runs. St. Vincent (19-4), the No. 4 seed, will get a chance to extend its home streak Saturday against Athenian.

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