High school softball roundup: Rancho Cotate erupts in 9-4 win against Casa Grande

Rancho Cotate's Katie Rohrer makes a play to first base during the Cougars' 9-4 win over the Casa Grande Gauchos in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate’s Katie Rohrer makes a play to first base during the Cougars’ 9-4 win over the Casa Grande Gauchos in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Katie Rohrer and Jordan Ladner blasted back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and Rancho Cotate went on to defeat Casa Grande, 9-4, at Rohnert Park on Tuesday.

The homers by Rohrer and Ladner keyed a seven-run inning. Rohrer’s ball cleared the fence in right-center field while Ladner’s shot was to straightaway center.

In the next inning, Alexis Gumanday nailed another home run for the Cougars.

Ladner was the winning pitcher. She hurled a complete game and allowed six hits.

Rancho finished with 10 hits, including two each by Gumanday and Taylor Del Santo.

The Cougars are 13-3 overall and 5-1 in league while the Gauchos are 9-7 and 2-5.

UKIAH 8, WINDSOR 2

At Ukiah, the Wildcats cruised after building a four-run lead after two innings.

Only two of Ukiah’s 10 hits were for extra bases. Mykala Ramsey, Kat McCoy and Brooke Wright led Ukiah with two hits apiece.

“Hitting has carried us all year,” coach Gary Venturi said. “It hasn’t just been a couple of players, it’s been a lot of different hitters.”

Ashley Llamas and Alyssa DeCasas had two hits each for the Jaguars.

Windsor is 7-10 and 1-6 in league while Ukiah is 13-4 and 6-1.

MONTGOMERY 9, SANTA ROSA 1

At Montgomery, Sophie Rowan was the hitting star as the Vikings finished the first half of league play with a 5-2 record.

Montgomery had two big innings and Rowan had the key hit in both frames. In the third, she banged a two-run double and then knocked in two more with a two-bagger in the fifth.

Rowan is the lone senior playing for the Vikings.

“We’re surprising some people because we’re so young,” coach Mike Malvino said. “The girls have just learned quickly. We’re a cohesive team.”

The Vikings have won six-of-seven and are 10-6 overall.

MARIA CARRILLO 3, CARDINAL NEWMAN 0

At Cardinal Newman, Madison Vaughn used her arm and bat to lead the Pumas to victory.

The sophomore pitcher knocked in the first run of the game with a single in the second inning and the Cardinals could muster only two hits off her.

“It was a pretty benign game for us,” Newman coach Jerry Briggs said. “We had way too many easy fly-ball outs.”

Carrillo had five hits, including a double by Hannah Chew.

The Pumas, defending league champs, finished the first half of NBL play with a 5-2 mark. They are 5-9 overall.

Newman is 6-6 and 2-5.

ANALY 14, ELSIE ALLEN 0

At Elsie Allen, Kaitlyn Hager pitched a five-inning perfect game. The sophomore struck out five.

The Tigers scored in every inning and collected five runs in both the first and second.

Kailey Hash had three of Analy’s 11 hits.

PETALUMA 14, EL MOLINO 1

At Forestville, Grace Ghiradelli had a big day.

The freshman pitcher struck out 10 and at the plate, she had three RBIs with a pair of hits.

Paulina Binsfield also had a two-hit game for the Trojans.

El Molino wound up with four hits, two of those by Kristine Daniels.

Petaluma leads the Sonoma County League at the midway point with a 6-0 record. The Trojans are 15-2 overall.

CALISTOGA 7, ST. VINCENT 6

At Calistoga, Gianna Lincoln’s two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh won the game for the Wildcats.

In the top half of the inning, Mary Cerf knocked in two runs to give the Mustangs the lead.

Calistoga is 3-0 in NCL II and 8-7 overall. St. Vincent’s record is 2-1 and 5-9.