NCS baseball: Depth of Analy, Casa pitching staffs to be tested in title games

Jake Lelmorini reacts after scoring in the first inning to put Casa Grande up 2-1. Casa Grande played College Park in the NCS Division 2 baseball semifinal on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Jake Lelmorini reacts after scoring in the first inning to put Casa Grande up 2-1. Casa Grande played College Park in the NCS Division 2 baseball semifinal on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In baseball there is never enough pitching.

The depth of arms on the Analy and Casa Grande rosters will be tested in North Coast Section title games today.

Both teams went deep into extra innings to win semifinal contests Wednesday.

Analy used three pitchers over 11 innings. Casa Grande needed four to go 13 innings.

“We’ll be all right. We’ve got some depth,” said Analy coach Jeff Ogston.

Analy shortstop Darin Newman may start against top seed Acalanes in NCS Division 3. A primary pitcher last season, Newman has been a mainstay at shortstop this campaign because of the Tigers’ stable of arms.

Top starters Garrett Hill and Jae Wagner combined for 10 innings in the semifinal against Drake. Newman pitched one frame to close out the win.

So starting Newman is one option today. Analy could open with both Hill and Wagner for a few innings and finish with a combination of pitchers.

In addition to Newman, also available are Dominic Padilla and Ryan McAuliffe. The pair swapped relief roles with Padilla getting more innings later in the season.

“If we’re just going for seven innings I’ve got to get three or four innings from someone else,” Ogston said.

Casa Grande will likely go with Anthony Bender to start the NCS Division 2 title contest against Campolindo.

While the Gauchos ace normally would have started Wednesday’s semifinal against College Park, coach Paul Maytorena opened with relief stalwart Eric Parnow. Casa Grande needed Bender at shortstop due to the suspension of three players, two of them starters.

Second starter Dominic Garihan’s availability is questionable because he logged six-plus innings for the semifinal win. Parnow, Nick Marks and Matt Becker give Casa Grande depth on the mound.

“We just wanted to get to the final because anything can happen,” Maytorena said.

Both teams are facing familiar foes.

Analy fell to Acalanes by two runs and the Tigers expect to face the same starter today.

“It’s going to be an uphill battle, but we’re up for this game,” Ogston said.

Three-time defending section champion Campolindo is looking forward to another shot at Casa Grande after falling to the Gauchos at home earlier this season.

That result helped Casa Grande earn the top seed with Campolindo at No. 2.

“We played very well that game. We will be prepared,” Maytorena said.

Division 2 baseball

Campolindo (20-6-1) vs. Casa Grande (27-2), at Santa Rosa Junior College, 1 p.m. Campolindo is ranked second in state Division 2.

The Cougars have four section titles. Casa Grande is ranked first in state Division 2. The Gauchos have six section titles.

Division 3

Analy (23-5) vs. Acalanes (19-7), at St. Mary’s College, 1 p.m.

Analy is on the bubble in the state Division 3 rankings. The Tigers have a pair of section titles.

Acalanes is ranked eighth in state. The Dons have five section titles.

Division 6

Point Arena (14-1) vs. Tomales (11-7), at Tomales High School, 2:30 p.m.

Point Arena won its first section title in 2012 and again took the NCL 3 this season.

Tomales finished third in the NCL 2, but earned the top seed in Division 6.

Division 5 softball

St. Bernard Catholic (14-13) vs. St. Vincent (16-8), at San Marin High School, 4:30 p.m.

St. Bernard upset three teams to reach the final as the ninth seed. The Crusaders have three section titles.

St. Vincent won its third section title in 2012. The Mustangs won the NCL 2 and are the second seed.

Division 6

Laytonville (13-8) vs. Ferndale (19-6), at Ferndale High School, 1 p.m.

Ferndale has five section titles including a win over Laytonville in 2012. The Wildcats won the HDNL Little 4.

Laytonville fell again to Ferndale this season in a pair of non-league games. The Warriors won the NCL 3.

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