By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
MONTGOMERY 6, CARDINAL NEWMAN 5
Montgomery softball rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and went on to defeat Cardinal Newman, 6-5, in nine innings Wednesday.
The Vikings got the game-ending run when Sierra Shanoff looped a base hit over the shortstop’s head, scoring Anna Zoia-Buescher from third base. The freshman started the inning with a single and moved to third on ground outs by Jaxen Brazell and Ashley Baker.
“We were trying to walk Shanoff intentionally,” Cardinal Newman coach Jerry Briggs said. “Ball four wasn’t as far outside as it needed to be and she reached out and poked the ball just over the infield.
“To be honest, I thought we were in pretty good shape going to the bottom of the seventh. We were cruising.”
Montgomery banged out five hits and cashed in on an outfield error to score its runs in the seventh.
Baker’s three-run double to the gap in right-center field got the Vikings close and then Shanoff drove in Baker with a single.
Last season, the schools played two extra-inning games, with each side winning once.
“It’s quite a rivalry,” Vikings coach Mike Malvino said. “This was a big one for our young players.
“We’re learning how to win as a team. We didn’t give up, we kept plugging and eventually got the win.”
Claire Pavelka was the winning pitcher. She went the final four innings.
Lexie Raasch took the loss.
Montgomery stroked 11 hits with Zoia-Buescher, Baker, Shanoff and Kiana Heard accounting for two each.
Zoia-Buescher, Baker and Shanoff are freshmen, Heard a junior. The Vikings have only two seniors on their roster.
Newman had 12 hits, Kate West leading the way with four. Megan McConnell had three and Sarah Knight contributed two.
ANALY 17, HEALDSBURG 7
At Sebastopol, the Tigers spotted the visitors a seven-run lead before coming back to get the victory in a game called after six innings.
Analy scored eight in the fourth, two in the fifth and seven in sixth.
The big hits in the fourth were a triple by Emily Dreyer and a double by Nikkia Sheridan.
Dreyer had four RBIs on the afternoon, as did Katie Morita.
Winning pitcher Kaitlyn Heger helped herself with three hits. Sheridan also had three.
For Healdsburg, Ursula Lopez picked up four of her team’s seven hits. Losing pitcher Keely Bullock had two hits and three RBIs.