By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Maria Carrillo is off to a perfect start in an effort to repeat as North Bay League champs.
On Thursday, the Pumas took the measure of visiting Santa Rosa, 12-2. Carrillo also scored a dozen while defeating Casa Grande in its league opener.
After losing all seven of its pre-league games, it didn’t look like Carrillo would contend for this season’s crown. However, now that league play has started, the Pumas are hitting on all cylinders.
On Thursday, Carrillo made the most of its five hits as Aspen Waddle led the way with a triple and three RBIs. Lauren Piehoff and Hannah Chew also knocked in runs.
After spotting Santa Rosa a two-run lead in the top of the first, the Pumas roared back with six in their first at bat. They added four more in the third.
That was plenty of run support for winning pitcher Lily Maksim. The loss went to Morgan Begley.
The Panthers also had five hits, with Johanna Peelen accounting for two of those.
Santa Rosa, the league runner-up last year, is now 2-4 and 0-2.
CARDINAL NEWMAN 15, WINDSOR 1
At Windsor, Lexie Raasch struck out 13 and the Cardinals enjoyed their best offensive game of the season.
“She lived on the black of the plate,” coach Jerry Briggs said of Raasch. “She was hitting her spots and moving the ball around.”
The Newman offense backed up Raasch with 15 hits, including four apiece by Megan McConnell and Isabelle Vreeland.
Also enjoying multi-hit afternoons were Emily Jaffe, Kate West and Cassie Killen.
The offense gave Raasch all the help she would need by scoring two in the first inning and two more in the third.
Windsor had three hits, including a triple by Rebecca Thomas.
Newman is 1-1 in league and 5-2 overall while Windsor’s record is 1-1 and 7-5.
MONTGOMERY 3, CASA GRANDE 0
At Montgomery, pitcher Anna Zoia-Buescher hurled a complete game and allowed only three hits.
The freshman also played a key role in the offense. She scored in the first on Sierra Shanoff’s single and again in the third on Jaxen Brazell’s base hit.
The Vikings banged out seven hits with a majority of those coming from freshmen or sophomores.
“The first five hitters in our lineup are either freshmen or sophomores,” coach Mike Malvino said. “The future is looking good for Montgomery softball.”
Shanoff and Kiana Heard each had two hits. Shanoff came in with a .500 average.
For Casa Grande, losing pitcher Brooke Hale had a pair of hits.
The Gauchos are 1-1 and 7-4 while the Vikings are 1-1 and 6-5.
BISHOP O’DOWD 9, CLOVERDALE 3
At Hayward, the Eagles made three costly errors while O’Dowd played mistake-free in Standley Cup tournament first-round action.
The Dragons came up with three runs in the first while Cloverdale scored three times in the sixth.
Sierra Morse knocked in two for the Eagles with a double while Bailey Creager’s two-bagger brought in another.
Cloverdale, now 6-2, plays JFK (Fremont) Friday at 3:45 p.m. O’Dowd’s record is 11-2.