NBL baseball: Montgomery storms back to beat Ukiah 3-2

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery catcher Paedyn Miramontez, center, shows the home plate umpire the ball after tagging Ukiah's Dylan Lancaster during Wednesday's game in Santa Rosa. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery catcher Paedyn Miramontez, center, shows the home plate umpire the ball after tagging Ukiah’s Dylan Lancaster during Wednesday’s game in Santa Rosa. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

After tossing three consecutive shutouts, the Maria Carrillo pitching staff allowed three runs Wednesday.

Turns out it was no big deal. The Pumas answered with plenty of runs as the visitors downed Santa Rosa, 13-3.

The game was 3-3 heading to the fifth when Carrillo erupted for eight runs.

Twin brothers Miles and Clayton Andrews had key hits and Andrew Vaughn’s double knocked in two.

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Zach Scott started on the mound for the Pumas and got the win.

“Our pitchers have allowed five runs in five league games,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “They’ve been outstanding.

“They’ve been throwing strikes and the defense has played well behind them.”

The Pumas didn’t commit any errors on Wednesday.

The offense banged out 16 hits. Enjoying two hit games were: Vaughn, Keith Wallach, Jo Bynum, Peter Hoge and the Andrews twins.

Leading the Panthers offense was Henry Burch. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Carrillo is 4-0 in league and 11-2 overall. Santa Rosa falls to 3-10 and 1-4.

In other league action Wednesday:

CASA GRANDE 6, RANCHO COTATE 0

At Rohnert Park, Jon Christy struck out 10 batters in five innings.

“I was impressed,” coach Paul Maytorena said. “He got a lot of first-pitch strikes and when Rancho did hit the ball, our defense made the plays.”

Christy allowed only one single before Nick Bostow came on to pitch the final two innings.

Spencer Torkelson continued his hot hitting as the freshman went 2-for-3 and upped his batting average to .543.

He’s hit in all 13 of Casa’s games.

Eric Parnow and Nate Bills also had two-hit games. Parnow is now hitting .409 while Bills’ average is .364.

Rancho wound up with two hits, both of which came from Steve Endy.

“It’s the same old story,” Cougars coach John Morrow said. “We’ve been struggling to hit all season.

“We came in averaging four hits per game and we didn’t get that many in this game.”

Rancho is 1-4 in league and 2-13 overall. Casa’s record is 10-3 and 3-1.

MONTGOMERY 3, UKIAH 2

At Montgomery, the Vikings spotted the visitors a two-run lead before coming back to get the victory.

Ukiah scored two in the first, but then was shutout by relief pitchers Alex Finley and Josh Lenney. Finley was nearly perfect in his five-inning stint, and Lenney came in to pitch out of a jam in the seventh.

“Those two guys did a great job,” coach Dean Haskins said.

Montgomery scored all its runs in the second. Sam McBeth knocked in two with a double and Lenney brought the other run home.

The Vikings are 4-1 in league and 7-4 overall. Ukiah’s record is 0-3 and 4-8.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 6, WINDSOR 2

At Windsor, the Cardinals stranded a dozen runners but still won the game.

Newman scored one in the first and put three on the scoreboard in the third. Lofton Dayton’s two-run double was the big hit. The Jaguars scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

“I was glad to get the win but wasn’t real happy with the way we played,” coach T.J. McMahon said. “We didn’t get many hits with runners on base and we made a few mental errors.”

Michael Clark pitched the first five innings with Rourke Theiller and Jeff Rebello finishing up. Newman is 5-0 in league and 9-6 overall. Windsor’s record is now 0-5 and 7-6.

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