NBL softball: Maria Carrillo too much for Casa Grande in 7-2 win

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo's Hannah Chew tags Casa Grande's Allison Andrews out at home during Tuesday's game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Hannah Chew tags Casa Grande’s Allison Andrews out at home during Tuesday’s game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Following Tuesday’s NBL games, there continues to be a logjam at the top of the standings as leaders Maria Carrillo, Rancho Cotate and Santa Rosa all kept pace with wins.

The three schools share first place with identical 6-2 records and each team has six league games remaining.

Maria Carrillo hosted Casa Grande and scored four times in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory.

Brittney Veler had a big game with three hits, including a pair of doubles. The senior’s batting average is hovering around .700.

“Veler leads the offense,” coach Lonnie Harwell said. “When she does well, the team tends to do well.”

Robin Johnson pitched a complete game and allowed five hits. She struck out seven and now has more than 100 Ks this season.

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In the first, Hannah Chu and Beth DeVault both knocked in two runs.

The Pumas’ overall record is 12-5. Casa drops to 2-6 and 3-9-1.

In the other league games:

RANCHO COTATE 9, UKIAH 5

At Ukiah, the Cougars never trailed as they put runs on the board in each of the first four innings.

Ukiah also started strong scoring five runs early before winning pitcher Brittney Scardina settled down and finished the game with four shutout innings.

Rancho had four players finish with two hits: Alexis Gumanday, Taylor Del Santo, Vickie Espinoza and Carolina Camacho.

Ukiah committed six errors, two more than the Cougars.

Rancho’s overall record is 13-2 while Ukiah is 5-10 and 3-4.

SANTA ROSA 9, WINDSOR 1

At Windsor, Makenzie Kearns had her best game of the year to lead the Panthers.

The first baseman was perfect in four trips to the plate with a triple, double and two singles.

Santa Rosa started fast and built a 5-0 lead after two innings with winning pitcher Denia Vera and Briana Doane both knocking in runs. The Panthers banged out 11 hits compared to four for Windsor. Santa Rosa’s overall record is 10-6 while Windsor is now 10-4 and 3-4 in league.

MONTGOMERY 3, CARDINAL NEWMAN 2

At Montgomery, the Vikings scored all their runs in the final inning. Hayley Komrij’s 220-foot home run over the center field fence tied the game and later in the inning, Alissa Coronado’s singled knocked in the winning run.

“When we played Newman earlier in the season, they scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat us,” Montgomery coach Mike Malvino said. “This time, we turned the tables on them.”

Montgomery’s record improved to 7-11 and 2-6 while Newman falls to 6-6 and 2-4.

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