NCS softball: St. Vincent turns on power, defeats Calistoga 9-4

St. Vincent shortstop Ursyla Baumgarten scores from second on a double-steal attempt. Baumgarten also had a home run. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

St. Vincent shortstop Ursyla Baumgarten scores from second on a double-steal attempt. Baumgarten also had a home run.
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

PETALUMA — Ursyla Baumgarten and Mary Cerf hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning to power St. Vincent to a 9-4 victory over Calistoga in an NCS Division 5 game on Saturday.

The Mustangs, seeking a third straight championship, will travel to Ferndale on Wednesday for the semifinal round. The No. 2-seeded Wildcats defeated St. Bernard Catholic 5-3 to advance.

The score was 1-1 when St. Vincent struck for four runs in the third. The inning started with McKenna Wilson-Kay and Haley Antonini reaching base in front of Baumgarten.

The senior turned on an inside pitch and got all of it.

“I knew it was gone when it left the bat,” Baumgarten said. “It easily cleared the fence.”

Cerf followed with her blast to give the Mustangs a 5-1 lead.

St. Vincent added three more runs in the fourth and then got a scare in the fifth.

Starting pitcher Hayley Olson tweaked her right knee running to first base and had to leave the game.

“The knee’s been giving me trouble the past few weeks,” she said. “Luckily, it responds to Advil and ice. I’ll be ready for Ferndale on Wednesday, I know that.”

Olson gave up one run and struck out four in five innings of work. Hannah Sarlatte came on in relief.

St. Vincent and Calistoga both belong to NCL II and were meeting for the third time this season. The Mustangs outscored the Wildcats 20-3 while winning the previous games.

“When you play a team three times it can be tough getting that third win,” coach Don Jensen said. “The other team knows your strengths and weaknesses.

“Olson was facing them for the first time and I think that was an advantage for us. We played error-free and hit a lot of line drives. It was a good team effort.”

St. Vincent pounded out a dozen hits.

Baumgarten had three of those. Finishing with two hits apiece were Antonini, Wilson-Kay, Cerf and Rainey Henry.

Like the Mustangs, Calistoga hit two home runs. Dani Martin knocked one out of the park in the first and Jenna Franquelin belted one in the sixth.

St. Vincent, the No. 3 seed and champs of the NCL II, take a 15-7 record into the semifinals. Calistoga ends the season 16-9.

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