NBL baseball: Maria Carrillo wins 14th straight

Maria Carrillo's Clayton Andrews, right, beats the tag of Windsor first baseman Thomas Drew on Friday. (ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews, right, beats the tag of Windsor first baseman Thomas Drew on Friday. (ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat)


Maria Carrillo extended its winning streak to 14 games on Friday by defeating Windsor, 9-0, in a game called after five innings because of rain.

With the victory, the Pumas maintained a two-game lead in the NBL standings. Montgomery is in second with an 8-2 mark followed by Casa Grande and Cardinal Newman with 7-3 records.

The Pumas got all 10 of their hits in the fourth inning when they scored all their runs.

Austin Martinez, Zach Scott and Keith Wallach each had two hits in the inning.

“We sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said.

Carrillo’s last loss was March 14 at the hands of Petaluma (2-1).

“I’m real happy with everything,” DeBenedetti said. “Our success has been a combined effort of pitching, defense and timely hitting.

“Everyone from top to bottom is contributing.”

Winning pitcher Peter Hoge limited Windsor to two hits while striking out six.

The Pumas are 17-2 overall while Windsor falls to 2-8 and 9-11.


At Montgomery, the Vikings broke open a tie game with five runs in the fifth and extended their win streak to five.

Montgomery did all its damage after two outs and the bases empty. Kiel Long’s 2-run single was the big blow.

Pitcher Jared Noonan went the distance while improving his record to 5-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.60.

Coach Dean Haskins pointed to the success of his starting pitchers as one of the reasons Montgomery is playing its best ball of the season.

“We’ve gotten better on the mound with Noonan and (Anthony) Prince our two top pitchers,” coach Dean Haskins said.

“Also, we’ve been hitting consistently from the top to the bottom of the order.”

Long, Matt Miller and Nick Smith each had two-hit games.

Noah Rogerson took the loss. He was also the only Rancho player with two hits.

Montgomery is 13-5 overall while Rancho’s record drops to 4-16 and 3-7.


At Petaluma, the Gauchos scored what proved to be the winning run on an overthrow by the Ukiah third baseman.

The error allowed Spencer Torkelson to score the go-ahead run in the fifth. The freshman led off the inning with a single.

Torkelson knocked in the first run of the game in the second. Ukiah then tied the score in the top of the fourth.

Dominic Garihan and Eric Parnow combined for a two-hitter with Parnow coming on to pitch a perfect seventh.

Casa is 14-5 and 7-3 while Ukiah’s record is 5-15 and 1-9.


At Cardinal Newman, the Cardinals had their best offensive game of the season.

Their previous high-run total was 11 in a win at Casa Grande.

Cal Claymar pitched the first six innings and Alex Ward finished up.

Claymar allowed only three hits.

Meanwhile, Newman banged out 10 hits including two each by Ryan Hernandez, Colin Imm, Kyle Scott and Casey Mansen.

Thanks to a five-run second, the Cardinals led 6-0 going to the third. Newman is 10-9 and 7-3 in league while Santa Rosa drops to 6-14 and 2-8.

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