By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Maria Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews turned in the best pitching performance of the season by an NBL pitcher on Wednesday in Ukiah.
The left-hander struck out 15 as the Pumas won 4-0. After the game, both coaches were talking in superlatives.
“I can’t remember seeing a guy pitch like that,” Carrillo coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “I haven’t witnessed a more dominating performance.”
Ukiah coach Stephen Summers concurred.
“He kept us off balance the entire game. He was throwing a fastball, breaking ball and change-up. He had command of all three.”
Of Ukiah’s 21 outs, Andrews had a hand in 19. In addition to the 15 Ks, he fielded three ground balls and picked off a runner. He finished by striking out the side in the sixth and seventh.
Andrews also scored Carrillo’s first run. That was in the fourth inning when he led off with a walk. He moved to second on Patrick Gavin’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Andrew Vaughn’s single to center field.
The Pumas then scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh.
Vaughn had three of Carrillo’s 10 hits. Vincent Riggio added two.
Carrillo continues to lead the NBL with a 5-0 record. The Pumas are 12-2 overall.
CARDINAL NEWMAN 5, SANTA ROSA 1
At Cardinal Newman, the Cardinals didn’t have an extra-base hit but made the most of eight singles.
“We were aggressive,” coach T.J. McMahon said. “We stole a couple of bases and manufactured a few runs.”
It turned out that starting pitcher Michael Clark didn’t need much run support. He went the distance while allowing four hits and striking out eight.
“He was consistently throwing strikes,” McMahon said.
Newman scored one in the second and two in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Leading the Cardinals’ offense were Alex Roeser and Kyle Scott with two hits apiece.
Newman improves to 11-4 and 4-1 and the Cardinals have won six of their last seven.
CASA GRANDE 6, WINDSOR 0
At Windsor, Spencer Torkelson and Casey Longaker had perfect days at the plate and pitcher Jon Christy tamed the Jaguars’ offense.
Torkelson banged out three hits and scored four runs while Longaker had two hits and an RBI.
Meanwhile, Christy struck out eight batters in six innings while allowing two hits.
“He was consistently getting ahead in the count,” coach Paul Maytorena said about Christy. “He was filling up the zone.”
Eric Parnow finished up with a perfect seventh inning.
The Gauchos got off to a quick start by scoring two in the first and single runs in the second and third.
Casa has now won five in a row and is 10-5 and 4-1.
“I like where my team is right now,” Maytorena said. “We’re playing hard.”
RANCHO COTATE 6, MONTGOMERY 1
At Montgomery, the Cougars enjoyed their best run production of the season.
The previous high was five in a win over Sunny Hills of Fullerton.
Rancho started quickly with three runs in the first. The key hit was a Gunner Mefferd double.
Noah Rogerson pitched his second consecutive complete game to get the win.
Mefferd and Tanielu Guerrero led the Cougars’ offense with two hits each.
“We’re starting to jell,” coach John Morrow said. “We’re scoring runs and have won four out of five.”
While Morrow was elated, Vikings coach Dean Haskins was dejected.
“We have to get tougher,” he said. “We need to put together complete games.”