NCS playoffs roundup: Analy comes up short in Division 3 final

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Acalanes got its three-peat in Division 3 baseball on Saturday but not before Analy gave the Dons more than a few anxious moments before losing, 4-3.

Despite never leading in the game, the Tigers hung close and in the top of the seventh scored one run and had runners on first and second when the final out was made.

“It was a tough one to lose,” coach Jeff Ogston said. “Offensively, I was happy with the way we played. Defensively, we helped them a little bit with mistakes.”

The game was played on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Moraga. Acalanes was the top seed and Analy was No. 3.

The Lafayette school defeated Tamalpais in last year’s championship game and the year before shared the title with San Marin.

The Dons scored one in the first inning and two in the second. The Tigers made it close with two in the third and Acalanes scored the run that proved to be the difference in the fourth.

Grant St. Martin’s double knocked in the first two Analy runs after Evan Hill and his brother, Garrett, had singled earlier in the inning.

Dylan Mathias scored the run in the seventh on a Garrett Hill infield single.

Andrew Merken went the distance and got the win.

The senior surrendered seven hits and walked three. Darin Newman was pinned with the loss.

Even though the Tigers were denied their first section championship, it was a turnaround season for the program.

Analy finished with a 23-6 record and won the Sonoma County League regular season title.

That’s a far cry from last year when the Tigers wound up 9-15. In 2011, Ogston’s first year as head coach, they were 4-19.

“Right now, the players are disappointed,” Ogston said. “However, when we think back to where we were three years ago and where we are now, everyone in the program should be extremely proud.”

FERNDALE 15, LAYTONVILLE 0

The host Wildcats repeated as Division 6 softball champs in a game that was called after four innings because of the 10-run rule.

Ferndale scored at least two runs in every inning while winning pitcher Megan Earley held the Warriors to two hits.

Laytonville made it easier for the Wildcats by committing eight errors.

Mady Braught and Natya Cauckwell had the Laytonville hits.

“We just didn’t play our best,” coach Katy Cabezut said. “Ferndale has a great softball program and deserves to be the champions.”

Laytonville, went undefeated in North Central League II play and finished the year with a 13-9 record.

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