NCS baseball: Point Arena falls short

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

St. Bernard scored four times in the first inning, and pitcher Logan Thrap struck out 14, as the Crusaders defeated visiting Point Arena, 5-0, Saturday in the North Coast Section Division 6 title game.

Thrap, who finished the season with 72 Ks in 52 innings, lowered his ERA to 0.30. He limited Point Arena to two hits.

“He overpowered us,” interim coach Roger Little said of the junior right-hander. “We had a look at his stats before the game, so we knew what to expect.”

The Pirates almost scored in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. However, Thrap responded to the uprising by striking out the next two batters.

St. Bernard, the No. 1 seed, scored its final run in the sixth.

Tim Sanders went the distance for Point Arena and allowed nine hits.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start but they’re just a good hitting ball club,” Sanders said. “They hit some good pitches that inning.”

Cade McNamara and Noah Davis both had extra base hits in the first. Davis’ double to left field scored two runs.

It took Sanders 30 pitches to retire the side in the opening inning.

“Thrap had great command of his fastball and he threw that pitch most of the time,” Sanders said. “He also had a good curve and change-up.”

Andres Fuentes got the Pirates’ first hit in the fourth and Justin Sundstrom picked up the other in the sixth.

It was the Crusaders’ third NCS title since 2009.

No. 6 seed Point Arena, co-champs of the NCL III, finishes the season 12-5.

The Pirates were without coach Trevor Sanders for their last game. School officials replaced him after he was arrested last Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

His players dedicated the championship game to him and plan to present him with a signed game ball when they return from Eureka.

Point Arena was the last of the 34 Redwood Empire teams to be eliminated from the NCS Tournament.

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