By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Rancho Cotate, rebounding from its first NBL loss, came up with its best offensive display of the season on Thursday as the Cougars defeated host Maria Carrillo, 13-2.
The Cougars lost 5-4 to Montgomery on Tuesday. Rancho is 4-1 in league while Ukiah, also a winner Thursday, is 5-1.
Reilani Peleti led the 17-hit attack with five hits, including a double. Jordan Ladner, Taylor Del Santo and Brittney Scardina each had three hits.
“The girls ripped the skin off the ball,” Rancho Cotate coach Tracey Poueu-Guerrero said. “It was good to see after that tough loss.
“Scardina threw well. She got a lot of ground balls and the defense did the rest,” Poueu-Guerrero added.
Rancho scored five in the second inning and four in the fourth.
For Maria Carrillo, Hannah Chew had a pair of doubles.
“We didn’t manufacture enough offense and made too many errors,” Pumas coach Lonnie Harwell said.
Carrillo committed four miscues and had five hits.
MONTGOMERY 16, WINDSOR 1
At Windsor, freshman Sierra Shanoff blasted two homers and had five RBIs to lead the Vikings against the Jaguars.
The catcher was perfect in four trips to the plate as Montgomery built a 14-0 lead after three innings.
The Vikings pounded 19 hits with Jaxen Brazell and Jessica Valencia finishing with three apiece.
Pitcher Jennifer Warner allowed three hits and picked up the win. Kaleo Pearl took the loss.
Montgomery, with only two seniors on the roster, has won five of its last six. The Vikings are 9-6 overall and 4-2 in league.
UKIAH 10, SANTA ROSA 2
At Santa Rosa, the visiting Wildcats beat the Panthers for their seventh consecutive victory.
Anna Brazil led the offense with four hits, including a triple in the first inning, as Ukiah scored three runs.
Delaney Kindopp was the winning pitcher and the junior also stroked two hits. Rylie Loflin and Cat McCoy also had multi-hit games.
“We only have four returnees from last year,” Panthers coach Jeff Pratt said. “Our inexperience is still showing.”
CASA GRANDE 5, CARDINAL NEWMAN 4
At Petaluma, the Gauchos pushed across two runs in the seventh to eke out the victory.
Catcher Alyssa Curtis’ one-out hit with the bases loaded scored the tying and winning runs.
The Cardinals outhit the home team, 14-7, and stranded 10 runners.
“That was our Achilles heel,” Cardinal Newman coach Jerry Briggs said. “This one stings a little.”
Brooklynne Hale was the winning pitcher and Alauna Rice and Curtis had two hits apiece for the Gauchos.
Despite striking out 10, Lexie Raasch was saddled with the loss.
Coming up with multi-hit games for the Cardinals were Megan McConnell, Isabelle Vreeland, Marissa Hall and Raasch.
PETALUMA 6, SONOMA VALLEY 2
At Petaluma, the Trojans remained unbeaten in the SCL.
Joelle Krist was four-for-four with a two-run homer over the left-center fence in the sixth. Lily Ryan was perfect in three trips to the plate with three doubles.
Emily O’Keefe struck out seven while pitching a complete game.
Petaluma is 5-0 in league and 14-2 overall.