Analy outlasts Petaluma in enduring twin bill

Petaluma's Tyler Williams is tagged out by Analy's David Codoni on the front end of a double play in the 13th inning on Thursday. (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

Petaluma’s Tyler Williams is tagged out by Analy’s David Codoni on the front end of a double play in the 13th inning on Thursday.
(KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

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By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

On Thursday, in a marathon day of baseball no one involved will ever forget, Analy defeated Petaluma to finish off a suspended game and then battled the host Trojans through 15 innings before coming away with a 1-0 victory.

The day began with the resumption of the March 25th game which was called because of darkness after 11 innings and the score 7-7. Play for that contest began at Analy which meant the Tigers were the home team when the game resumed.

Petaluma scored once in the top half of the 12th, only to have Analy come back with two in the bottom half of the inning.

Evan Hill’s single with no outs knocked in the tying and winning runs.

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After a 15-minute break, the teams began playing the regularly scheduled game. With nightfall descending, and after nearly 3½ hours, Garrett Hill scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch.

Hill was also the winning pitcher.

He went six innings after his brother, Evan, pitched the first nine.

The Petaluma hurlers were also outstanding. Hunter Williams started and went eight before Dante Del Prete came in to pitch the next seven.

Analy collected nine hits while Petaluma had four.

“The Hill brothers did a great job of keeping us off balance,” Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun said.
“We couldn’t get much going against either of them.”

The Trojans’ best chance to win the game came in the 14th when they loaded the bases with one out. However, one player was thrown out at the plate on a force play and the next batter grounded out to the second baseman.

“I’ve never been around a day of baseball like this,” Analy coach Jeff Ogston said.

“Both games had so much drama.”

Cochrun concurred.

“It was a pretty amazing day of baseball out there,” he said.

“It was a tough loss, but I was really proud of our pitching and the way we played defense.”

The victories give the Tigers the upper hand in league. They have a two-game lead over Petaluma with six to play.

Analy is 6-0 in the SCL and 13-4 overall. The Trojans are 5-2 and 13-6.

EL MOLINO 8, HEALDSBURG 3

At Forestville, Gonzalo Santibannez struck out eight in six innings to lead the Lions to victory.

“He didn’t walk a batter,” coach Tony Franceschi said of Santibannez. “He had incredible command of his pitches.”

El Molino scored five in the fourth to break the game open. The Lions banged out seven hits in the inning with the key blow a double by Elijah Larson.

Jeremy Pearson and Montag Genser had two hits apiece for the winners. Adrian Herrera led Healdsburg with three hits while Benny Shakked had two.

The Lions are 2-4 in league and 12-5 overall while the Greyhounds drop to 1-5 and 5-12.

SONOMA VALLEY 10, ELSIE ALLEN 0

At Elsie Allen, Jack Murphy knocked in the first four runs of the game as the Dragons improved to 5-2 in league.

Murphy’s RBIs came in the first, third and fifth innings.

That was more than enough run support for pitcher Mitch Hood. He allowed one hit through five innings before giving way to Thomas Crumly.

Sonoma had 12 hits with Murphy, Hood and Kyle Dunevent picking up two each.

The Dragons are 9-9 overall.

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