By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande’s pitching staff extended its scoreless streak to 30 innings on Friday as the visiting Gauchos defeated Maria Carrillo, 3-0, to take over first place in the NBL.
Casa’s league record is 7-1, while Carrillo drops to 6-2. Both schools have six games remaining.
Casa pitchers haven’t allowed a run since the fifth inning of a win against Santa Rosa on April 10. They’ve shut out Windsor, Cardinal Newman, Rancho Cotate and now Carrillo.
Spencer Sinndonner, a former Gauchos player, is the team’s pitching coach.
On Friday, Chris Joaquim (5⅔ innings) and Justin Burihl (1⅓) combined on the shutout. Joaquim allowed two hits and Burihl one.
It was Burihl’s first action of the season. He’s coming back from arm surgery.
Casa scored once in the first and twice in the seventh. Lead-off walks in both innings led to runs.
Walks to Tyler Moore and Spencer Torkelson were followed by a Casey Longaker single in the first. The seventh began with a walk to Nick Bostow and a single by Brian Hupke. Both scored on Joaquim’s double over the right fielder’s head.
Clayton Andrews went the first six innings and took the loss. Jared Brazis pitched the seventh.
“Joaquim was awesome and it was good getting Burihl back,” Gauchos coach Paul Maytorena said. “We played good defense and got timely hits. We’re riding the wave right now.”
Carrillo had runners in scoring position in three innings.
“We just couldn’t get that big hit,” Pumas coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “There was good pitching by both teams. I thought Casa had a little more fight and more determination.”
Casa (13-5) has won eight in a row. Carrillo is 13-4.
CARDINAL NEWMAN 7, RANCHO COTATE 3
At Rohnert Park, the Cardinals remain one back in the league race with a 6-2 record.
Cal Clamar took a no-hitter to the fifth and Connor Foster pitched two innings of perfect relief.
Leading the Newman offense with two hits apiece were Alex Roeser, Colin Imm and Aidan Nagle.
UKIAH 4, MONTGOMERY 3
At Santa Rosa, Karter Koch, Nate England and Morgan Edwards had two hits apiece to lead the Wildcats.
It was 1-1 after one and Ukiah took the lead for good with two in the second.
WINDSOR 7, SANTA ROSA 3
At Windsor, Alex Barton and Thomas Drew had key hits as the Jaguars won their third league game.
Windsor put three on the board in both the third and the sixth after scoring once in the second. Barton had a run-producing single in the third.
PETALUMA 11, PINER 2
At Petaluma, the Trojans had seven hits and scored nine runs in the first inning.
Petaluma remains in second place in the SCL behind idle Sonoma Valley. The Dragons are 6-0 while the Trojans are 6-1.
Leading the 14-hit attack for Petaluma was Greg Thomas with three hits.
For Piner, Brad Snetsinger went three for four.