Maria Carrillo opens defense of NBL title with a rout

Maria Carrillo's Ryan Sellner congratulates teammate Myles Andrews after he scored a run during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Maria Carrillo’s Ryan Sellner congratulates teammate Myles Andrews after he scored a run during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

 

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo opened defense of its North Bay League title Wednesday afternoon with a 14-3 win over visiting Santa Rosa.

“I feel good about this team,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “The guys play well together and there’s a trust between them.”

The Pumas went 14-0 in league play last year.

“I don’t see a team walking away with the crown this season,” DeBenedetti said. “The NBL is always a tough league and usually every game is a battle.”

Carrillo got off to rocky start Wednesday as Santa Rosa scored two runs in the top of the first.

The Pumas responded with five in their half of the inning. The key hits were a double by Jo Bynum and singles from Andrew Vaughn and Vincent Riggio.

The home team then scored three more in the second and two in the third. Zach Scott, who is now 3-0, was the recipient of the run support as he pitched the first five innings to pick up the win.

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If Carrillo repeats, Clayton Andrews will play a key role. The leadoff batter reached base in all five of his trips to the plate. He had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

“He makes things go,” DeBenedetti said. “In our previous game, he reached in four of his five at bats.”

Bynum and Riggio both had two-hit games. Bynum displayed his power with a home run and double.

Santa Rosa had five hits with Nathan Turnipseed leading the way with a pair of singles.

It was also the NBL opener for the Panthers and they’re 2-4 overall.

Carrillo improved to 4-1.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 14, RANCHO COTATE 0

The Cardinals scored more runs in this game than they had in their previous five games combined.

Newman banged out 18 hits and scored multiple runs in four innings.

“The bats finally showed up,” Cardinals coach T.J. McMahon said. “We had hits up-and-down the line-up.”

Leading the offensive barrage was Alex Roeser. He was 5-for-5 with three RBIs. Also with multi-hit games were: Aiden Nagle, Bryce McChinak, Kasey Mansen and Luc DeLorenzo.

Pitcher Kyle Scott held Rancho to five hits while picking up the victory.

“He was able to consistently stay down in the strike zone,” McMahon said. “Between his fastball and curve, he kept the hitters off balance.”

It was Scott’s first start of the season.

For the Cougars, Mathew Phillips was 2-for-2.

Newman is 4-2 and 1-0 in league.