Rabinovitz baseball tournament kicks off Tuesday

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Three teams from the North Bay League and three more from the Sonoma County League will compete in the 21st annual A.L. Rabinovitz

Press Democrat file photo

(PD FILE)

Tournament beginning today.

All teams play twice today and once on Wednesday. The championship will be played at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Montgomery High field.

Besides Montgomery, other games today will be played at Santa Rosa JC, Piner and Doyle Park.

The Vikings, along with Ukiah and Windsor, will represent the NBL while Analy, Petalulma and Piner come from the SCL.
Chico and Northgate (Walnut Creek) round out the field.

Based on records, the best first round matchup pits Piner (5-2) against Ukiah (6-2). That game will be played on the Prospectors’ field.

The schools met March 4 in Ukiah with the home team prevailing, 1-0, in eight innings. The lone run scored on a passed ball.

Ukiah comes to town having won four in a row and good pitching is the reason. The staff ace has been Colton Crabtree. He’s struck out 23 in 23 innings and sports an ERA of 0.89.

The other two starters are Preston Mello (0.52) and Devin Kirby (1.24).

“Kirby is going to start Game 1 and then Mello will pitch the second game,” coach Stephen Summers said. “Crabtree will go on Wednesday.”

During the Wildcats’ win streak, the team has allowed three runs. Two of those victories (El Molino and Healdsburg) were shutouts.

“The pitching has been very good and the defense solid,” Summers said. “We’re a young team, so we’re really happy with the way we’ve begun the season.”

Ukiah has five sophomores, four juniors and six seniors on the squad. The 10th graders see considerable action.

Piner has won three in a row since losing to Ukiah. The Prospectors have beaten Ygnacio Valley, Middletown and Terra Linda. Their home record is 4-1.

Mickey Rabinovitz, the tournament director, said pitching is the key to winning the championship.

“A team needs to have a deep staff,” he said.

“Playing three games in two days is tough. The trophy usually goes to the team that gets the best pitching.”