NCS playoffs: Tigers top Drake in extra innings, Laytonville crushes CSD


SAN RAFAEL — Dylan Mathias’ double knocked in Ricky Thokle-Sample with the winning run in the 11th inning Wednesday night as Analy defeated Drake, 5-4, to advance to the championship game of the Division 3 baseball playoffs.

The game, played at Alberts Field in San Rafael, ended at 11:25 p.m.

The Tigers will play top-seeded Acalanes for the title Saturday at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

Thokle-Sample started the winning rally by getting a one-out walk.

Then, after Sam Wells struck out, Mathias belted the ball to the fence in left center field.

The game was 2-2 after seven innings.

Analy scored two in the 10th on Evan Hill’s single up the middle.

Drake responded quickly with two runs on David Ross’ double over the left fielder’s head.

Ross had tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt before his blast.

The Pirates had their chance to win in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out.

However, pitcher Jae Wagner got a strike out and the final out came when the runner on third tried unsuccessfully to steal home.

Darin Newman came on to pitch the 11th.

He gave up a walk but got the third out picking the runner off second base.

Analy will take a 22-6 record into the finals.


At Laytonville, the Warriors rode the pitching and hitting of Natya Cauckwell to a Division 6 semifinal victory over California School for the Deaf that was halted after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

Laytonville won 14-4.

The No. 2 seed, Laytonville will travel to No. 1 Ferndale on Saturday for the championship game.

The two teams met in the finals last year with Ferndale winning, 17-1.

If the Mendocino County school is successful on Saturday, it will be the first NCS softball title in school history.

Despite CSD scoring four runs, Cauckwell didn’t allow a hit.

With the bat, she was 4 for 5 including a home run.

Laytonville wasted no time putting runs on the board.

After Ariel Courtright and Maria Diaz both walked leading off the bottom of the first, Mady Braught homered.

The Warriors wound up scoring five in the inning.

Cauckwell blasted her home run in the third.

The visitors from Fremont scored three in the top of the third with a walk and hit batter keeping the inning alive.

“I thought we played really strong,” coach Katy Cabezut said.

“Their pitcher (Darryian Thomas) was good but we were patient waiting for the pitch we wanted.”

Thomas struck out seven while surrendering 12 hits.

CSD ended its season with a 12-12 record while Laytonville plays on with a 13-8 mark.

Ferndale advanced to the championship game with a 4-0 victory over No. 5 Anderson Valley.

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