Sonoma County League baseball: Analy, Petaluma rack up victories

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Following convincing wins on Tuesday, Analy and Petaluma remain atop the Sonoma County League standings.

The Tigers are now 2-0-1 following an 11-3 victory over visiting Piner, while the Trojans are 4-0-1 after an 8-1 win over host El Molino.

Petaluma forged a 6-0 lead after three innings and and that was more than enough run support for pitcher Hunter Williams.

The junior went the distance, giving up three hits and striking out six.

The Trojans (11-3-1 overall) banged out 13 hits, most of those at the expense of losing pitcher Elijah Larson.

Austin Gabbert had a big game with three hits and three RBIs.

He knocked in one in the third and two in the seventh.

Cameron Meyers, Ben Sanderson and Tyler Williams each had two hits. Sanderson had a pair of RBIs.

“The key to the game for us is that we were able to go with the pitch and hit to all fields,” Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun said. “Our hitting coach, Mark Nadale, has been working with the players on that and it showed in this game.”

Coming into the game with an 11-2 record, El Molino suffered its worst loss of the season.

“We came out flat and didn’t play well,” coach Tony Franceschi said. “This was a game I hoped we’d show how we can play. It’s disappointing.”

The Lions’ lone run came in the fourth.

Wyatt Moug, Gonzalo Santibannez and pitcher Larson had the home team’s hits.

In the Analy win, Garrett Hill and Grant St. Martin were the stars.

Hill pitched a complete game and retired the last 14 batters he faced.

St. Martin launched his first home run of the year in the fifth to give his team the lead for the first time.

Piner scored three early runs before Analy came back with two in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Jake Royer knocked in the tying run and St. Martin’s blast over the left center field fence gave his team a 5-3 lead.

“St. Martin’s home run changed the momentum of the game,” Tigers coach Jeff Ogston said. “We took control after that.”

Analy put the game away with a six-run sixth inning.

The Tigers (8-4-1 overall) finished with 10 hits, three of those from Kenny Beeler.

Royer had two hits and two RBIs.

The tie on Analy’s record came March 25 when the Tigers and Petaluma played 11 innings before the game was called because of darkness.

That game will be finished April 17 in Petaluma before the schools play a regularly-scheduled game.

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