By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
In an early-season showdown between two of the Sonoma County League’s best teams, Petaluma rallied to defeat Analy, 7-4, on the Trojans’ field Saturday afternoon.
It was the second time in 11 days the schools have played. The Tigers won, 8-7, in the championship game of the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament on March 25.
On Saturday, Petaluma trailed 3-2 before scoring five times in the sixth.
All the damage came with two outs. A bases-loaded walk to Logan Douglas tied the score and then Ben Sanderson’s drive that landed near the right-field foul pole cleared the bases. Greg Thomas then brought Sanderson home with a single to left field.
Analy came back with one in the seventh before reliever Luke Wheless shut the door.
“We didn’t play our best ball of the season but we did play well when it mattered,” Petaluma coach Paul Cochrun said. “When we scored those five runs in the sixth, we waited for pitches we could handle. We were focused.”
Will Nevin started and got the win for the Trojans. Zach Donovan took the loss.
The Trojans finished with nine hits. Logan Douglas and Harrison Royall had two each. Douglas knocked in a run and Royall belted a triple.
Leading the Analy offense was Keaton Bates. He had two hits.
Petaluma made three errors while the Tigers committed one.
The Trojans are now 2-0 in league and are tied for first with El Molino. Overall, Petaluma is 7-5.
Analy is also 7-5. This was its first league loss.
The schools meet again April 28, this time at Analy.
EUREKA 4, PINER 3
At Eureka, the home team scored the winning run on a passed ball in the final inning.
Piner took a 3-2 lead into the seventh.
Eureka started the seventh with a double. Then, following a sacrifice bunt, Brandon Fischol singled in the tying run. He later came around to score on a passed ball while Aidan Morris was at the plate with a 3-2 count.
It was the fourth game the Prospectors have lost by one run. Their record is 6-6.
“We need to get over the hump and win the close ones,” coach Nick Green said. “We’ve got to want it more.”
Piner outhit the Loggers, 9-8. Ty Simmons, Ricky Christiansen and Grant Wingett each had two hits.
Tony Martignoli was the losing pitcher.