NBL baseball: Pumas capture league title


Streaking Maria Carrillo locked up the North Bay League title Wednesday with a 7-1 victory over host Montgomery.baseball

It was the Pumas first championship since 2001 and third in school history, according to coach Derek DeBenedetti.

Carrillo, winner of 18 in a row including 13 straight in league, will finish the regular season Friday at home against Cardinal Newman.

The Pumas jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings and added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Winning pitcher Peter Hoge and Keith Wallach knocked in the first inning runs while two of the three runs in the second came on a Montgomery outfield error.

Austin Martinez came up with the defensive play of the game in the sixth. With the bases loaded, he made a diving catch on Kiel Long’s line drive and then doubled the runner off second base.

“It was as good a defensive play as we made all year,” DeBenedetti said.

“We played a solid, clean game. We made the plays on defense, got the timely hits and Hoge was stellar on the mound.”

Carrillo is now 21-2 while Montgomery is 15-6-1 and 10-3.


At Cardinal Newman, Jeff Rebello knocked in the only run with a sacrifice fly and Michael Clark hurled a complete game.

The lone score came in the second inning when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out and Rebello hit a fly ball to left-center field.

Clark scattered four hits while striking out five in one of his best efforts of the season.

“He came out of the gate throwing strikes and was getting a lot of ground balls,” coach TJ McMahon said. “The defense was really good behind him.”

Newman’s Colin Imm had two hits in three trips to the plate.

The Cardinals are 14-8 overall and 10-3 in league. Casa is 15-8 and 8-5.


At Santa Rosa, the Cougars scored the go-ahead runs in the seventh on a throwing error.

Rancho trailed 2-1 at the start of the inning and got even on Casey Gray’s RBI single.

Then, with runners on first and third, both runners scored on a throwing error.

Connor Littleton was the winning pitcher. He allowed single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Henry Burch was 3 for 3 with an RBI for Santa Rosa.

Rancho improves to 5-18 and 4-9 while the Panthers are now 7-16 and 3-10.


At Windsor, the Jaguars had their most productive offensive game of the season.

Their previous high-run total came in a 13-7 win over Montgomery on March 20.

Windsor led 4-2 after the first inning. The Jags added four more in the second.

Mitch Lavery led the home team with a 5 for 5 afternoon. He had a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

Adrian Mata had two of the Wildcats’ four hits.

Windsor’s record is 10-13 and 3-10 while Ukiah is 5-18 and 1-12.

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