By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande scored six times with two outs in the third inning and went on to defeat Montgomery, 15-6, at the Vikings’ field Friday.
The uprising erased a 4-1 Montgomery lead. Casa then padded the advantage with another run in the fourth and five in the fifth.
The Gauchos wound up with 14 hits, nine of those coming with two outs.
“I liked the way we battled,” Casa coach Paul Maytorena said. “Coming back from 4-1 down on Montgomery’s field showed me something.”
Casey Longaker led the Gauchos’ offensive display with four hits. The senior had a double and triple while racking up four RBIs.
Austin Garatti had three hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Spencer Torkelson belted a home run and had three RBIs.
Chris Joaquim was the winning pitcher.
“He didn’t have his ‘A’ stuff,” Maytorena said. “He persevered.”
Montgomery committed three errors to Casa’s one.
Vikings coach Dean Haskins said his team’s defense needs to improve.
“We have to cut back on mistakes and also be more aggressive when we get runners on base,” he said.
“I tip my cap to Casa,” Haskins added. “They woke up and really started hitting the ball.”
For the Vikings, Colin Prince and Jacob Swarthout had two hits apiece.
The Gauchos are 1-1 in the North Bay League and 7-5 overall. Montgomery is 0-2 and 3-8.
SONOMA VALLEY 10, ELSIE ALLEN 0
At Sonoma, MacLean Meyn pitched a five-inning perfect game.
The junior struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced.
“The was the best I’ve seen him pitch,” coach Don Lyons said. “His fastball was working early and then he made an adjustment that made his curve ball effective. It was nice to see.”
Meyn helped himself at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Carson Snyder also knocked in two with a single and double.
It was the Sonoma County League opener for Sonoma. Overall, the Dragons are 4-8.
KELSEYVILLE 2, MIDDLETOWN 0
At Kelseyville, the Knights scored the game’s only runs in the first inning.
Brandon Huber and Tony Marquardt both walked and came around to score on Noah Lyndall’s ground-out and Sambhava Baird’s single to left field.
Lyndall pitched a complete game and matched his season high of 10 strikeouts.
Middletown had three hits, two by Stephen Amos.
Kelseyville is 2-2 in NCL I and 6-8 overall. Middletown is now 2-1 and 5-7.
CLOVERDALE 8, LOWER LAKE 1
At Cloverdale, Chris Harms struck out 11 and collected a game-high three hits.
The junior limited the Trojans to four hits while pitching the complete game.
The Eagles scored three in the fourth and three more in the sixth.
Greg Scaramella, Pat Ojeda and Garrett Hibbeln had two hits apiece for the home team.
Tony Jones led the Trojans with 2 hits, including a triple.
Cloverdale is 2-2 in NCL I and 6-7 overall. Lower Lake is 0-4 and 3-8.
TOMALES 8, CALISTOGA 6
At Tomales, the Braves put four runs on the scoreboard in both the third and fourth innings.
Willy Lepori, Ivan Gomez and Ryan Giammona each had RBIs.
Jose Chavarria was the winning pitcher and Billy Wright picked up the save.
Tomales is 1-1 in NCL II and Calistoga drops to 0-2.