High school baseball: Analy captures Rabinovitz tournament with 8-7 win

Analy’s Nolan Alvarez, left, congratulates teammate Devon Ogston after he scored the first run of the game during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held Wednesday at Montgomery High School. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Analy’s Nolan Alvarez, left, congratulates teammate Devon Ogston after he scored the first run of the game during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held Wednesday at Montgomery High School. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

David Codoni scored what turned out to be the winning run on a passed ball as Analy captured the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament championship with an 8-7 victory over Petaluma on Wednesday at Montgomery High.

Codoni led off the top of the sixth inning with a walk. After an out, he stole second and moved to third on Matt Kellogg’s ground ball to second base.

Then, the third pitch thrown to Carter Merlaud went off the catcher’s glove and to the backstop. Codoni scored without a play.

Staked to a lead, reliever Ryan Calderon preserved the advantage by not allowing a runner in the sixth or seventh innings.

The schools met in last year’s title game with Petaluma winning that one 6-1.

Analy has now won the Rabinovitz trophy three times in the past seven years.

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On Wednesday, Analy started quickly and led 6-0 going to the top of the third inning.

Petaluma got back in the game by scoring four runs in its half of the inning.

The Tigers scored another run in the fourth inning, only to have the Trojans tie the game with three in the bottom half of the inning.

“I knew that six-run lead wasn’t safe,” Analy coach Jeff Ogston said. “Petaluma has too many good hitters for that to happen.

“I was really happy with the way we battled,” Ogston added. “We’re a young team, so this tournament was a good learning experience. We played three close games.”

In games on Tuesday, the Tigers defeated Montgomery (3-1) in nine innings and Piner (1-0).

Travis Holmes started Wednesday’s game for Analy after Evan Peelen experienced shoulder tightness warming up.

Jared Robison was the first of five pitchers for the Trojans. Luke Wheless took the loss.

Analy hitters roughed up Petaluma pitchers for 13 hits.

Leading the attack was Kellogg with three hits. Enjoying two-hit games were Devon Ogston, Nolan Alvarez, Drew Valez and Keaton Bates.

Alvarez and Ogston, both juniors, were named to the all-tournament team.

Petaluma’s Austin Gabbert had a pair of hits and was named the tournament’s outstanding hitter for the second consecutive year.

Greg Thomas also had a two-hit afternoon for the Trojans.

“I thought we had a tremendous tournament,” Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun said. “We had good pitching overall and put up some crooked numbers. I like where our team is heading into league.”

The Rabinovitz championship game was the Trojans’ fourth game in five days and only loss.

This was the first of at least three meetings between Analy and Petaluma.

SCL play begins Tuesday with Analy (6-4) and Petaluma (4-5) getting together April 4 and then again on April 28.