High school baseball: Newman beats Rancho without delay


Thanks to all-weather turf at Cardinal Newman, rain didn’t stop the Cardinals and Rancho Cotate from playing on Friday.

The NBL game went on without delay and the Cardinals won, 5-3.

“That turf is amazing,” Rancho coach John Morrow said. “It rained for about 45 minutes before the game but the water drains remarkably well.”

The downpours in Sonoma County caused a majority of the scheduled games to be postponed. The only other baseball teams to see action were Petaluma and Elsie Allen. The host Trojans won that SCL game, 12-2, in six innings.

Newman, winning its third game in as many days, got at least one hit from eight of its nine starters.

The game was 1-1 going to the bottom of the fifth when the Cardinals pushed across a run.

The home team then scored three in the fifth to assume a comfortable lead. Alex Ward, Rourke Theiller and Michael Clark had hits in the inning.

Rancho rallied in the seventh scoring two runs and loading the bases with two outs.

At that point, Alex Roeser came on to pitch and got a strikeout to end the game.

The Cougars, recipients of seven walks and a hit batter, stranded 10 runners.

“We just didn’t get the big hit and that’s been the story of our season,” Morrow said. “The ball just isn’t bouncing our way.”

Rancho is 2-11 overall and 1-2 in league.

Jeff Rebello was the starting pitcher for Newman and worked 5 2/3 innings.

“He didn’t have his best stuff,” coach T.J. McMahon said. “He’s such a competitor though, he can get outs when he’s not at his best.”

Ryan O’Leary came on in relief before giving way to Roeser.

Rebello and Theiller led the Newman offense with two hits apiece.

Rancho finished with five hits, two of those by Kenny Tallchief.

The Cardinals sit atop the league standings with a 4-0 record. They’re 8-5 overall.

At Petaluma, the start was delayed 30 minutes by rain.

The game was 1-1 in the bottom of the third when the Trojans scored five times.

Ty O’Donnell came up with the big hit, a three-run double to the fence.

Dante Del Prete went the first four innings to get the win and Greg Thomas pitched two before the game was called because of the 10-run rule.

Austin Gabbert and Austin Thomason each knocked in three runs. Gabbert had two hits in four trips to the plate while Thomason was 2 for 2.

“We couldn’t have gotten the game in without the hard work by (assistant coach) Greg Pease and the players,” coach Paul Cochrun said. “They worked on the field all day.”

Petaluma is 10-3-1 and 3-0-1 in league.


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