By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande, playing its best ball of the season, defeated visiting Cardinal Newman, 8-0, on Friday for its sixth consecutive victory.
The win gives the Gauchos sole possession of second place in the NBL standings with a 5-1 record. Maria Carrillo is on top at 6-0.
Casa’s offense gave starting pitcher Chris Joaquim all the support he would need by scoring twice in the first. The Gauchos added four in the third and two in the fourth.
“We’re rolling along and have a little momentum going,” coach Paul Maytorena said.
The coach also had praise for Joaquim after watching the sophomore allow only two hits over six innings.
“He’s been a bulldog all year,” Maytorena said. “He’s mature for his age.”
Newman’s defense helped out Casa by committing five errors. The key one was an outfield miscue in the third that was followed by Eric Parnow’s two-RBI single.
Casey Longaker led the Gauchos’ offense with three hits and three RBIs. Parnow, Blake Berry and Nick Bostow finished with two hits apiece.
MARIA CARRILLO 8, RANCHO COTATE 2
At Maria Carrillo,, the Pumas maintained their lead atop the NBL while winning their fifth in a row at home without a loss.
Clayton Andrews led the 13-hit attack with three singles. He knocked in two runs and scored two more.
Coming up with two-hit games were Gunner Flanders, Patrick Gavin and Raymond Rabago.
“We spread the hits from the top of the lineup to the bottom,” coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “It was an all-around great team effort and win.”
The Pumas, defending NBL champions, are 13-2 overall.
SANTA ROSA 9, UKIAH 5
At Santa Rosa, the Panthers picked up their first NBL win of the season.
Santa Rosa garnered the victory after spotting the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Shamus Lyons pitched four innings of relief for the win. He struck out six.
The Panthers banged out 13 hits and were also aided by six Ukiah errors.
The Wildcats made three of those miscues in the sixth when Santa Rosa scored six times. The key hits in the inning were by Jordan Walker and Marcus Hollingsworth.
Walker, Hollingsworth, Lyons and Shamus Lyons each finished with two hits.
Coming up with two hits apiece for Ukiah were Colton Crabtree, AJ Griffen and Trenton Burford.
The Panthers came into the game having lost 12 in a row.
WINDSOR 3, MONTGOMERY 0
At Windsor, Andrew Begley and Jordan Allen combined on a two-hitter.
Windsor made the most of its three hits. Keenan McKenna knocked in the first run in the third and Begley’s single to right-center field scored the final run in the sixth.
“The key was our pitchers throwing strikes,” coach Corey Sunday said. “We’re getting better every game and practice.”
SONOMA VALLEY 8, HEALDSBURG 0
At Sonoma, the Dragons remained unbeaten in Sonoma County League play with a 5-0 record.
MacLean Meyn tossed a two-hitter and struck out eight.
PETALUMA 12, EL MOLINO 3
At Petaluma, the Trojans improved their league record to 5-1.
Petaluma put the game away by scoring seven times in the fifth inning. Austin Gabbert’s bases-loaded triple was the big blow.
Gabbert had two hits as did Logan Douglas, Tyler Williams and Ty O’Donnell.