High school baseball: Petaluma, Casa, Carrillo all win

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

PETALUMA 6, CONCORD 0

Brendan White, making his first start of the season, pitched a no-hitter as visiting Petaluma defeated Concord, 6-0, in a nonleague game Saturday afternoon.

While White was holding the Minutemen in check, Drake Paretti provided the big hit of the day. The junior drove in three runs with a line-drive single near the right field line in the third inning.

The Petaluma defense committed one error behind White. That came in the fourth inning on a throw that pulled the first baseman off the bag.

White, who played quarterback on the Trojans’ football team, struck out three and walked two.

“He definitely earned more innings for himself,” coach Paul Cochrun said. “He threw strikes and the defense played really, really well behind him.”

Ben Sanderson had a multi-hit game for the Trojans. He stroked two singles in four plate appearances.
Petaluma is 2-4; Concord is 4-4.

CASA GRANDE 1, NEWARK MEMORIAL 0

At Newark, the Gauchos’ Chris Joaquin lost his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning.

Left fielder Jason Wutsch missed by inches catching a ball off the bat of Luis Sanchez. Joaquin got the next hitter to preserve the win and shutout.

It was the second straight quality start for the sophomore. On March 14, in a 2-0 loss at Bellarmine College Prep, he hurled a two-hitter.

Casa could muster only one hit against Newark. That came in the fifth. Joaquin led off with a walk and Eric Parnow’s sacrifice moved him to second. He advanced to third on Avery Ayala’s single and then came home on Joey Markham’s sacrifice fly to deep right-center field.

Of the 24 batters Joaquin faced, he threw first-pitch strikes to 21.

“He really had command of his pitches,” coach Paul Maytorena said. “He was always around the zone and the defense was error-free behind him. That was key.”

The Gauchos are 4-4 while Newark falls to 3-3.

MARIA CARRILLO 7, LIBERTY 2

At Santa Rosa, Andrew Vaughn limited the visitors from Brentwood to two hits.

After Carrillo grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, Liberty came back to tie the score in the third.

The Pumas took the lead for good in the fourth when a two-out single by Clayton Andrews knocked in a run. They scored four more in the fifth with Grant Hermone’s hit scoring two.

Carrillo banged out 10 hits, with Jo Bynum and Vincent Riggio each getting two.

“Vaughn settled down after the second and found his rhythm,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “He just cruised after that.”
The Pumas, the defending North Bay League champs, start this season with a 5-1 record. Liberty is 5-3.