SCL baseball: Petaluma, Analy battle to 7-7 draw

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Petaluma's Austin Thomason slides under the tag of Analy shortstop Joaquin Meckler. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma’s Austin Thomason slides under the tag of Analy’s Devon Ogston. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

SEBASTOPOL — The Sonoma County League baseball season has just begun but it’s doubtful there will be many longer games than the one Petaluma and Analy played on Tuesday.

The teams battled for 3½ hours and 11 innings before the game was called because of darkness with the score, 7-7.

The game will resume April 17 when Analy visits Petaluma for a regularly scheduled game.

Tuesday’s contest didn’t start out like it would end up going 11 innings. The Trojans put six runs on the board in the second inning and led 7-3 going to the bottom of the fourth when the Tigers pulled even.

Despite numerous opportunities in the ensuing seven innings, neither team could score again.

Credit for that must go to the long relievers for both teams. Petaluma’s Greg Thomas pitched the final 7 1/3 innings while Analy’s Jae Wagner was equally as good through six innings.

Thomas allowed eight hits during his stint while Wagner limited the Trojans to only two hits.

“I don’t know if I could’ve gone out there for another inning,” Wagner said. “I was pretty tired.”

It appeared Wagner would come out in the ninth with a cramp.

However, he took a few practice throws and decided to stay in the game.

“I got hit in the thigh and it tightened up,” the right-hander said. “When I stretched it out, I was good to go.”

The game wasn’t a defensive gem as each team made six errors.

“After the fourth inning, defenses for both teams would bend but not break,” Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun said.

“I think we threw out three runners on the bases and Analy’s defense also had several good plays in the field.”

Analy banged out 14 hits compared to seven for the Trojans.

Leading the Tigers hit parade was Kenny Beeler. He had two singles and a double in five plate appearances.

Garrett Hill, Kyle Earley and Nolan Alvarez each had two hits for the home team.

Luke Wheless was the only Petaluma player with more than one hit.

The sophomore was two for six and had the key at-bat in the six-run second.

That was a triple with the bases loaded.

Tuesday’s game was the second meeting in less than a week between the two schools.

They played last Thursday in the title game of the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament at Montgomery. The Trojans won that day, 7-1.

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