Clayton Pool saves day for Maria Carrillo

Kasey Mansen of Cardinal Newman attempts to turn a double play on Maria Carrillo's Clayton Pool, on Wednesday at Cardinal Newman High school in Santa Rosa.  (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

Kasey Mansen of Cardinal Newman attempts to turn a double play on Maria Carrillo’s Clayton Pool, on Wednesday at Cardinal Newman High school in Santa Rosa.
(KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

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By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Center fielder Clayton Pool made a game-saving catch in the bottom of the seventh as visiting Maria Carrillo held on to defeat Cardinal Newman, 7-6, in an NBL contest on Wednesday.

The Cardinals, trailing 7-5, loaded the bases with one out. Rourke Theiller then hit a line drive to center that Pool went into a dive to catch. The runner on third tagged up and scored, but the next batter popped out to end the game.

“If that ball had gotten by Pool, the game’s over,” Pumas coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “It was a great catch with the game on the line.”

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Carrillo scored four runs in the second and led 5-2 going to the fourth.

“We put ourselves in a hole by making errors early in the game,” Cardinals coach T.J. McMahon said.

Newman committed six errors and left 13 runners on base.

“It’s very frustrating,” McMahon continued. “We could’ve won the game, we should’ve won the game.”

The Cardinals banged out a dozen hits while Carrillo had seven. Andrew Vaughn was the only Pumas player with more than one hit. He was 2-for-2. Zach Scott, who was the winning pitcher, had a double that was good for two RBIs.

Jeff Rebello, the losing pitcher went 4-for-5 with the bat. Alex Roeser was 3-for-4 and Ray Hernandez finished the day 2- for-5.

With the win, Carrillo tightened its grip on first place in league. The Pumas are 6-0 and 13-3 overall.

Newman is now 5-2 and 8-8.

SANTA ROSA 6, UKIAH 0

At Santa Rosa, the Panthers scored four times in the first inning and pitchers Henry Burch and Tyler Kelley combined for the shutout.

Michael Walker had the key hit in the first, a double to right field that scored two.

Burch and Kelley allowed seven hits. Robbie McIntosh had three of those while losing pitcher Colton Crabtree accounted for two.

“Everyone came to play,” Panthers coach Paige Dumont said. “We put pressure on their defense and did the things we wanted to do.”

Santa Rosa played error-free ball while the Wildcats committed three.

The Panthers improved to 4-11 and 2-5 while Ukiah is now 4-12 and 0-6.

RANCHO COTATE 5, WINDSOR 4

At Windsor, the Cougars scored all their runs in the top of the seventh. Connor Littleton’s single to right center field put Rancho ahead.

Windsor kept the Rancho rally alive by making three errors. For the game, the Jaguars were charged with five errors. Staked to a lead, reliever Steve Endy nailed down the victory.

Oscar Urbina led the Rancho offense with two hits.

Mitch Lavery had four hits for Windsor while Andrew Begley had a two-hit game.

Rancho’s record is 4-13 and 3-4 while Windsor falls to 8-8 and 1-6.

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