By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Needing a win to claim sole possession of the North Bay League title, Cardinal Newman’s players responded with a resounding 7-0 victory against visiting Montgomery on Thursday.
Had the Cardinals not prevailed, there would’ve been a three-way tie. Newman finished 13-1 with Montgomery and Maria Carrillo in pursuit.
Newman missed an opportunity to win the title outright Tuesday, losing to Maria Carrillo, 4-3.
“The boys came into this last match knowing how important it was,” Cardinals coach Tony Greco said. “They were disappointed losing to Carrillo, but shook that off and were focused and ready to go against Montgomery.”
Leading the onslaught was No. 1 singles player Alejandro Serrano Osoba. He took care of Jay Schlesinger 6-0, 6-0.
The other winners at singles were Connery Gschwend, Tom Broffman and Brad King.
Newman won each of the three doubles positions in straight sets.
“Our No. 1 (JP Destruel-Chris Buse) and No. 2 (Cole Henry-Trevin Anderson Soria) both lost when we played Montgomery earlier in the season,” Greco said. “The time, both teams played aggressive and put balls away.”
Reflecting on the school’s second title in three years, Greco said: “The players matured a lot during the season. They kept their focus all the way through.”
Overall, the Cardinals are 20-4.
RANCHO COTATE 4, UKIAH 3
At Rohnert Park, the Cougars finished the regular season by notching their second win. Both were against the Wildcats.
Rancho pulled off the victory despite defaulting the third doubles position.
Alec Wong took No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Claudio Carrera. Gianni Blondina and Chris Staton also were straight set winners for the Cougars.
SONOMA VALLEY 5, PETALUMA 2
At Sonoma, the Dragons wrapped up the Sonoma County League title with an 11-1 record.
Sonoma swept the four singles matches with Caleb Horowitz prevailing at No. 1 despite losing the first set to Kevin Cox. The scores were 3-6, 6-0 and 6-4.
Matt and James McKale, along with Sam Sondheim, captured their matches in straight sets.
Petaluma broke through in doubles with the teams of Sam Rosloff-Dimitri Papag and Adam Volk-Zach Leno winning in straight sets.
The Trojans’ record is 5-7.
HEALDSBURG 4, EL MOLINO 3
At Healdsburg, the Greyhounds squeezed out the win by taking two of the doubles matches.
Juan Carlos Garcia and Tommy Schieffer won at No. 1 and Teo-Tomerlin and Elmer Paz were victorious at No. 3.