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NBL softball: Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa in neck-and-neck race for 1st place

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo and Santa Rosa both posted wins Thursday to remain tied atop the NBL standings with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season.

Both schools notched one-run road wins as the Pumas squeezed past Rancho Cotate, 1-0, and the Panthers held on to defeat Montgomery, 2-1.

White Softball, Bat, and GloveThe leaders are 7-2 with both having five league games remaining. Rancho is next at 6-3.

Santa Rosa had to withstand a Montgomery seventh inning threat before escaping with the victory. The Vikings scored once before relief pitcher Johanna Peelan retired the side.

Peelan came on in the sixth and struck out three while getting the save. Denia Vera started and had six strikeouts.

Peelan got Santa Rosa on the scoreboard with a single in the fourth and Briana Doane knocked in the Panthers’ other run in the fifth.

Montgomery, 2-6 in league and 8-11 overall, finished with eight hits compared to five for Santa Rosa.

Sophia Rowan led the Vikings offense with two hits and scored the team’s only run.

For Santa Rosa (11-4 overall), Taylor Matthews and Megan Fassold both had two-hit games.

In Maria Carrillo’s win, the Pumas got their run in the third. Brittney Veler started the inning with a single to left field and then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hannah Chew’s single up the middle scored Veler.

Robin Johnson posted the shutout while yielding four hits and striking out eight.

The Pumas (13-5 overall) only had six hits off losing pitcher Brittney Scardina. Veler and Chew both had two.

Rancho (12-3-1) had a runner on base in five of the seven innings and just missed tying the game when Katie Rohrer’s double hit the top of the fence.

In other NBL action:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 15, UKIAH 5

At Cardinal Newman, the two schools were playing for the second time in as many days.

On Wednesday in Ukiah, the Wildcats won 9-8.

In Thursday’s game, Newman put the game away with a nine-run uprising in the sixth.

Kaya Douglas led the Cardinals with four hits while Emily Jaffe and Megan McConnell had three apiece. McConnell belted a home run and triple.

For Ukiah, Kayla Pardini had three hits including a double.

Newman is now 7-7 and 3-5 in league while Ukiah’s record is 7-11 and 4-5.

CASA GRANDE 19, WINDSOR 8

At Petaluma, the Gauchos fell behind 7-0 in the first inning.

Casa erased the deficit and then some by scoring four in the first and 10 in the second.

The game was halted after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

The Gauchos banged out 22 hits with Lexy Hale, Sara Langdon, Sammy Sivers and Alyssa Curtis each finishing with three hits. Hale blasted a home run.

For the Jaguars, Aleecia Huerta and Kasey James both had two hits.

Windsor is 10-7 and 3-5 while Casa improved to 4-10 and 3-6.