Maria Carrillo baseball wins 16th in a row

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT


Maria Carrillo extended its winning streak to 16 on Wednesday with a 9-7 win at Ukiah, and in the process, moved a step closer to clinching the NBL title.

Carrillo is 11-0 in league and holds a two-game edge over runner-up Montgomery with three to play. The schools meet next Wednesday on the Vikings’ field.

The Pumas trailed 3-0 after two innings on Wednesday before rallying.

They put two runs on the board in the third and struck for seven in the fifth.

Austin Martinez and Miles Andrews were the heroes. Martinez hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth and later in the inning, Andrews knocked in two with a single. Both teams banged out a dozen hits and each used four pitchers.

“It was a hitter’s day,” Carrillo coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “We were fortunate to come out on top.”

Enjoying multiple-hit games for the Pumas were: Clayton and Miles Andrews, Andrew Vaughn and Martinez.

Colton Crabtree had three hits for Ukiah while Adrian Mata and A.J. Griffen had two apiece.

The Pumas are 19-2 overall and haven’t lost since March 14 when Petaluma nipped them, 2-1. Ukiah is 5-16 and 1-10.

In other NBL action:

CARDINAL NEWMAN 1, RANCHO COTATE 0

At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals got their run in the third inning. Michael Clark led off with a walk and advanced to second on Kasey Mansen’s sacrifice bunt. Jeff Rebello’s single moved Clark to third and he came home on Alex Roeser’s sacrifice fly to left center.

Rebello, who pitched a complete game, made the lone run stand-up. The senior allowed only two singles, one to Conner Littleton and the other to Kenny Tallchief.

“We got at least one runner on base in the second, fifth and sixth innings,” Rancho coach John Morrow said. “However, then we couldn’t get the timely hit.”

Rebello, Mansen and Colin Imm had two-hit games for the Cardinals.

Newman is now 8-3 in league and 12-9 overall while Rancho dips to 3-8 and 4-17.

MONTGOMERY 8, WINDSOR 2

At Windsor, Sam McBeth and Nick Smith had the key hits as the Vikings won their sixth in a row. McBeth got his team off to a quick start with a two-run single in the first and Smith picked up two RBIs with a base hit in the third.

It was 5-1 after three innings.

Anthony Prince pitched the first five innings for the Vikings and Alex Finley finished up. McBeth, Smith and Matt Miller ended the day with two hits apiece.

Windsor wound up with six hits, three of those by Alex Barton.

Montgomery improves to 14-5 and 9-2 while Windsor is now 9-12 and 2-9.

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