By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande’s Eric Parnow pitched a no-hitter Wednesday at Santa Rosa High as the Gauchos won their 11th game in a row and moved a step closer to claiming the North Bay League title.
The final score was 10-0.
Parnow struck out nine and walked one as he improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to just above two runs per game.
Casa is 10-1 in league, with Maria Carrillo and Cardinal Newman the closest pursuers.
Parnow’s nemesis until Wednesday had been control.
“My mechanics had been off,” the left-hander said. “This time, I just wanted to get the ball over the plate.
“My two-seam fastball was my best pitch. Also, my slider and change-up were working. My curve worked sometimes.”
Gauchos coach Paul Maytorena said this was by far the best game Parnow has pitched this season.
“He was pretty complete,” Maytorena said. “He was full of confidence. What I really liked was that he pitched smart and didn’t just try to go for strikeouts.”
There’s no question the Gauchos have the best pitching staff in the Redwood Empire. In their last eight games, they’ve allowed exactly one run. That was last Friday to Ukiah in a 3-1 victory.
Against Santa Rosa, the Petaluma school got the only run Parnow would need in the second inning. With two outs, Max Cerini reached on an error and Chris Joaquim then walked. Brian Hupke followed with a single to right field.
The Gauchos finished with 13 hits. Hupke and Spencer Torkelson led the way with three hits apiece.
Casa Grande is 16-5 overall, while the Panthers are 3-17 and 1-10.
MARIA CARRILLO 15, MONTGOMERY 4
At Montgomery, the Pumas posted season highs in runs and hits (19).
Andrew Vaughn led the onslaught with four hits, three RBI and five runs scored. Jo Bynum was perfect in three trips to the plate with a triple and three RBI.
“The guys have been working hard on their hitting and it paid off,” Pumas coach Derek DeBenedetti said. “They were pretty explosive.”
Montgomery banged out 12 hits but couldn’t score more than two runs in an inning. Finishing with two hits apiece were Joe Peterich, Colin Prince, Nick Smith and Zac Merriken.
The Pumas remain one game back of Casa Grande in league with a 9-2 record. Overall, they are 16-5.
Montgomery is 4-17 and 1-10.
RANCHO COTATE 4, WINDSOR 0
At Windsor, the Cougars scored all their runs in the sixth inning and Noah Rogerson struck out 10 while posting the shutout.
Brandon Haug started the big inning by drawing a seven-pitch walk. Rogerson’s triple was the key hit. Windsor helped out by committing three errors in the inning.
Windsor wound up with five errors while Rancho didn’t have a miscue.
Rogerson allowed only two singles and walked one.
Rancho is now 7-14 and 5-6, while Windsor is 6-14 and 3-8.