NCS playoffs: Montgomery, St. Vincent go down on the road

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After College Park defeated Montgomery, 9-0, in a NCS Division 2 semifinal baseball game Wednesday, Vikings coach Dean Haskins paid the home team the ultimate compliment.

“College Park is the best team we played all year,” he said. “There’s no question about it.

“They can hit from the top of the order to the bottom.”

The Pleasant Hill school scored three times in the first inning, added three more in the fifth and tacked on its final runs in the sixth. The Falcons banged out eight hits, most of those off losing pitcher Jared Noonan.

“Noonan didn’t pitch all that badly,” Haskins said. “Some of those hits were on very good pitches.”

Winning pitcher Chris Brown held Montgomery to three hits, two of those by Josh Lenney.

Montgomery, the No. 11 seed, finishes the season with a 19-8 mark.

“We had a good run in the playoffs winning our first two games,” Haskins said. “We are definitely a better team than at the start of the year. When you improve over how you started, you’ve had a good season.”

No. 2 seed College Park moves on to the championship game having beaten three Redwood Empire teams.

The Falcons took out Cardinal Newman (8-1) in the opening round and then eliminated Petaluma (6-0) in the quarterfinals.

FERNDALE 6, ST. VINCENT 5

At Ferndale, the hosts ended the Mustangs’ dreams of a third straight Division 5 softball title.

St. Vincent appeared to tie the game in the seventh inning only to have the home plate umpire take the run off the scoreboard.

The controversial call came after Hannah Sarlatte laid down a bunt that brought Mary Cerf home from third base.

“The home plate umpire said the ball hit Sarlatte when she was out of the batter’s box,” coach Don Jensen said.

“I tried to get the umpire to ask the first base for help, but he didn’t do it.” The Mustangs had runners on second and third with one out when Sarlatte came to the plate.

After the controversial call, the next batter grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.

St. Vincent fell behind 2-1 after one inning but scored three in the fifth to take the advantage.

However, the lead was short-lived as Ferndale came back with four in the bottom of the inning.

“It was a tough one to lose,” senior Ursyla Baumgarten said. “We kept battling. That call on Hannah’s bunt was heartbreaking.”

The Mustangs collected nine hits off winning pitcher Megan Earley.

Cerf led the way with a 4-for-4 day. The Wildcats reached losing pitcher Hayley Olson for 11 hits.

The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for No. 3 seed St. Vincent and the Mustangs finished up with a 15-8 record.

No. 2 Ferndale (20-4) plays No. 1 Redwood Christian for the championship Saturday night.

 

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