High school softball roundup: Petaluma wins battle of past league champions 9-0

Petaluma's Emily O'Keefe pitched during the game held at Petaluma High School, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma’s Emily O’Keefe pitched during the game held at Petaluma High School, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In a matchup between last year’s league champions, Petaluma scored in all but one inning while defeating visiting Maria Carrillo, 9-0, Tuesday afternoon.

Led by power-hitting Joelle Krist, the Trojans put runs on the scoreboard in every inning except the fifth.

Krist, who is now nine of 11 on the season, had a home run, triple and double in four plate appearances. Six of her hits this year have been for extra bases and she has nine RBIs.

“She has a fast bat and real knowledge of the strike zone,” coach Kurt Jastrow said of Krist. “The ball just flies off her bat.”

Krist will be playing for the University of Arizona next year.

Miranda Swanson also had a big game for the Trojans. She had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.

Petaluma, now 2-1, will be going for its fifth consecutive SCL title when league play begins March 26.

Sophomore Emily O’Keefe pitched the first six innings against Maria Carrillo and freshman Grace Ghiradelli hurled the seventh.

The Pumas, who captured the NBL last year with a 12-2 record, are winless after two games this season.

In other Tuesday softball games:

MONTGOMERY 6, LOWER LAKE 3

At Santa Rosa, freshman Anna Buescher pitched and hit the Vikings to victory. She allowed only three hits and was two of four at the plate. Also with two hits each were Jaxen Brazell and Sierra Shanoff.

The game was tied in the sixth when Montgomery put the game away with a three-run uprising.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 5, PINER 0

At Santa Rosa, Lexie Raasch struck out 11 and allowed two hits as the Cardinals improved to 3-1 on the season.

“She’s maturing and getting stronger,” coach Jerry Briggs said of the junior. “She’s more confident and hitting her spots.”

Juliette Rebello came up with two of Newman’s five hits.

The Cardinals broke up a close game by scoring four times in the fourth inning.

UKIAH 13, CLEAR LAKE 3

At Ukiah, junior shortstop Kaylah Pardini was perfect in five plate appearances as the Wildcats had a successful season opener. Three of those hits were doubles and she finished with four RBIs.

Ukiah spotted Clear Lake three runs in the first before coming back with five in the second. The Wildcats wound up with 18 hits.

CLOVERDALE 13, CALISTOGA 0

At Cloverdale, Teanne Edens tossed a no-hitter as the Eagles won their season opener. Edens also helped herself with the bat as the junior doubled twice.

SANTA ROSA 5, MIDDLETOWN 0

At Santa Rosa, Johanna Peelen struck out eight in five innings as the Panthers had a successful season opener. Morgan Begley kept the shutout intact in the final two innings.

Leading the Santa Rosa offense with two hits apiece were Megan Fassold and Emma Guilsoil.

REDWOOD 4, ANALY 3

At Sebastopol, the visitors built a 4-1 lead after two innings and then held on for the victory.

Makenzie Evangelisti had three of the Tigers’ hits while Payton Cords had two.

RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 15, ANDERSON VALLEY 5

At Santa Rosa, Dolly Bazzano was the hero for the Eagles. The junior was the winning pitcher and also banged out three hits, including a double and triple.