NCS softball playoffs: St. Vincent one win away from repeat

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

PETALUMA — St. Vincent is one win away from repeating as North Coast Section Division 5 softball champ.

The No. 2-seeded Mustangs breezed through the semifinal round Tuesday with an 8-3 victory over No. 3 Holy Names of Oakland.

The team standing between them and another title will be either College Prep or St. Bernard Catholic. Those teams square off in the other semifinal game today.

The championship will be decided at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at San Marin High School.

Hayley Olson gave up an infield single and nothing more to Holy Names, while Alexis Torres and Morgan Selmi each went 3 for 3.

The only hit Olson allowed was to the first batter she faced, and the ball traveled all of five feet. There was miscommunication on who would field the ball and Alana Bonales scampered safely to first base.

Olson then walked the next two batters, and following wild pitches, two runs crossed the plate.

“I had the jitters at the start of the game,” Olson said. “When we took the lead in the third inning, I just decided to start throwing fastballs over the plate and let my defense make plays behind me.”

The junior walked six, but none after the third. She struck out nine, including five over the last two innings.

After narrowing the Holy Names lead to 2-1 in the second, St. Vincent broke through with four runs in the third.

Isabele Velez started the uprising with a bunt single. She came around to score on Selmi’s double to the center-field fence. Ursyla Baumgarten’s single scored Selmi with the lead run.

Hannah Upton then walked, and she and Baumgarten came home on Torres’ double.

The Mustangs added three more in the fifth, with Torres’ triple the big blow.

Torres finished the day with three RBIs and now has 20 on the season.

“This was my best game of the year,” Torres said. “I concentrated on watching the ball and not dipping my shoulder. When I don’t hit well, it’s usually because I don’t keep my shoulder up.”

The Mustangs wound up with nine hits. Both teams committed three errors.

After losing its first six games while exclusively playing teams in higher divisions, St. Vincent has now elevated its record to 16-8.

NOTES

St. Vincent coach Don Jensen missed Tuesday’s game. He was in Colorado waiting for his daughter to give birth. Pete Sikora managed the team in his absence.

Baumgarten has hit in 18 consecutive games while Selmi has hit in 18 of the past 19.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

North Coast Section Division 5
Semifinals

AT ST. VINCENT
Holy Names 200 000 1 — 3 1 3

St. Vincent 014 030 x — 8 9 3
WP: Hayley Olson, LP: Rachel Sanders
HN: Alana Bonales 1×4
SV: Morgan Selmi 3×3, RBI; Ursyla Baumgarten 1×3, RBI; Alexis Torres 3×3, 3 RBIs; Hannah Upton 1×3; Isabel Velez 1×3
Records HN 14-6, SV 16-8

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