A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament: Petaluma, Analy to meet in title game rematch

Analy's Devon Ogston tags Piner's Dylan Currin out at second after a fly ball during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held at Montgomery High School on Tuesday.  Analy defeated Piner 1-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Analy’s Devon Ogston tags Piner’s Dylan Currin out at second after a fly ball during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held at Montgomery High School on Tuesday. Analy defeated Piner 1-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Today, for the second year in a row, it’ll be Petaluma and Analy playing for the championship of the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament.

The two Sonoma County League schools will get together at 4 p.m. at Montgomery High to decide the title. Last year, Petaluma went home with the trophy after carving out a 6-1 victory.

Both schools won twice on Tuesday to advance.

Analy defeated Montgomery, 3-1, in the opening round and then edged Piner, 1-0.

While the Tigers were playing low-scoring games, Petaluma averaged eight runs in its wins. The Trojans began the day with a 7-4 victory over Chico and then defeated Northgate, 9-2.

Petaluma put both games away with quick starts. Against Chico, the Trojans scored five runs in the first. Austin Gabbert’s three-run homer was the big blow.

In the win over Northgate, Petaluma scored twice in the first and three times in the second.

Ben Sanderson’s double to right field knocked in two in the first, and a throwing error by the pitcher allowed two runs to score in the second.

Petaluma finished the day with 19 hits.

“We hit the ball well but we also had outstanding pitching,” coach Paul Cochrun said.

“In the Chico game, Hunter Williams was perfect through four innings and Will Nevin was perfect through six against Northgate.”

Petaluma will take a 4-4 record into today’s game.

Analy (5-4) needed extra innings to defeat Montgomery. With the score 1-1, Carter Merlaud and Spencer Vogel both scored in the ninth on a suicide squeeze bunt by David Codoni.

Zach Donovan was the winning pitcher.

Codoni also played a key role against Piner. He tagged up to score the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly to right field by Nolan Alvarez.

Gabe Werthimer went the distance, allowing five hits.

“He threw 70 pitches and struck out five,” coach Jeff Ogston said. “He’s not going to overpower anyone. He throws strikes and depends on the defense behind him.

“We didn’t do a lot of hitting all day but that was because we faced good pitching.

“On offense, we were able to execute just a little better than our opponents.”

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