SCL softball: Petaluma storms back to beat Analy 5-2

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Petaluma's Brie Gerhardt, center, tries to get back to first as Analy's Kaiya Ming, left, and Alina Goodrum try to stop her during Tuesday's game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma’s Brie Gerhardt, center, tries to get back to first as Analy’s Kaiya Ming, left, and Alina Goodrum try to stop her during Tuesday’s game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PETALUMA — In Tuesday’s battle for first place in the SCL, Petaluma spotted Analy an early lead before storming back to win, 5-2.

The Trojans fell behind 2-0 in the top of the third before scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning.

They then added to the lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth.

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The victory puts Petaluma alone atop SCL with a 5-0 record. Analy’s league record is now 5-1.

In the third, Joelle Krist, Meghan DeCoite and Miranda Swanson each knocked in a run for the Trojans.

Krist doubled to the fence in center field, DeCoite hit a triple just inside the first base line and Swanson stroked a single up the middle.

“I was a little nervous when we fell behind,” Krist said.

“I felt a lot better when we started hitting like we can in the third.”

Krist, who has hit eight home runs and four triples this season, also had a single on Tuesday. The junior has already committed to the University of Arizona.

DeCoite also had two hits. She had a double in the fifth inning and scored the final run of the game.

The senior leads the team with six doubles.

“I was seeing the ball real well,” DeCoite said. “On the triple, I hit to the opposite field because we had a runner on second and I wanted to make sure I moved her over.

“The pitch I hit for a double was over the plate and I pulled it to third base.”

While the offense was putting runs on the scoreboard, freshman pitcher Emily O’Keefe was finding her groove after a rocky beginning.

She completed the game with four shutout innings.

“I was a little nervous at the start because it was a big game,” O’Keefe said.

“A lot of pressure came off when we took the lead in the bottom of the third.

“After that, I relaxed and got into a good groove. My drop and change-up started working and I was using my fastball to set up those pitches.”

O’Keefe’s record is now 5-1.

“For a freshman, she has a lot of guts,” coach Kurt Jastrow said.

“This was a big win. Our defense was good and we made some nice relays to throw runners out on the bases.

“I like that when we took the lead, the offense didn’t let up. We scored a run in each of the next two innings to build a cushion.”

Analy outhit the Trojans, 10-7, but questionable baserunning and a couple of mental mistakes in the field cost the Tigers.

“When you’re playing a team as good as Petaluma, you have to play at a high level,” Analy coach Nick Houtz said.

“We didn’t do that consistently.”

Kayla Ming singled in each of her three plate appearances to lead the Tigers offense.

Rosalina McClelland and Derika Green both had two-hit games. All three are sophomores.

Analy’s overall record is 10-4 while Petaluma is 11-6.

The Tigers will get another shot at the Trojans when the teams meet May 8 in Sebastopol.

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