By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
For the first time in 18 years, Ukiah is the North Bay League softball champion.
The Wildcats wrapped up the title on Thursday with a 9-4 victory against host Maria Carrillo.
Ukiah has a three-game lead in league with only two games remaining. The Wildcats have won 14 in a row.
“It’s been a magical season,” coach Gary Venturi said. “This has been a total team effort. All season, when we needed someone to do something, they’ve come through.
“We don’t have any superstars, but we’re a great team.”
Ukiah came into the game focused and put four runs on the board in the first inning. Mykala Ramsey’s two-run home run to left center field was the big blow.
“It was a high pitch and that’s what I like,” the second baseman said. “It felt good coming off the bat, although I didn’t know for sure that it was over the fence.
“We pulled it off together. We have an awesome team.”
Ramsey finished with three hits, as did Kat McCoy. Rylie Loflin was 2-for-4, both doubles.
“It feels really good to win a title in my senior year,” Loflin said. “We wanted to start quickly and we did.”
Pitcher Delaney Kindopp picked up her 10th league win.
Hannah Chew led the Pumas with three hits, including a pair of doubles.
The teams combined for nine errors, five of those by Ukiah.
RANCHO COTATE 8, MONTGOMERY 5
At Rohnert Park, Alexis Gumanday, Janaea Mason and Relani Peleti belted home runs for the Cougars.
Montgomery led 4-0 before Rancho got the bats going. The Cougars took the lead with a five-run fifth inning.
Gumanday and Mason each had three hits while Peleti, Katie Rohrer and Brittney Scardina finished with two apiece.
Leading the Montgomery attack with two hits each were Jaxen Brazil, Sierra Shanoff and Alyssa Coranado.
CARDINAL NEWMAN 4, SANTA ROSA 0
At Santa Rosa, all the Cardinals’ runs were unearned as the Panthers committed four errors. Newman was outhit, 7-3.
The Cardinals scored the only run pitcher Lexie Raasch would need in the first inning.
Cardinal Newman added two insurance runs in the third and another in the sixth.
Raasch, Sarah Holly and Emily Jaffe accounted for the Newman hits.
For Santa Rosa, Briana Ririe and Maicie Rackerby both had a pair of hits.
PETALUMA 14, PINER 3
At Piner, the Trojans clinched a tie for the Sonoma County League crown.
Petaluma can win the title outright with a victory next week against either Sonoma Valley or El Molino.
Joelle Krist had a big day with five RBIs. She blasted a double and triple.
Cassie Baddeley came up with three of Petaluma’s 15 hits and had two RBIs.
Meghan Bogges knocked in all of Piner’s runs with a bases-clearing triple in the first. Cailyn Callison collected two hits.
SONOMA VALLEY 11, HEALDSBURG 0
At Sonoma, the game ended in the bottom of the third when the Greyhounds and their coaches walked off the field.
The last play of the game was a Dragons runner scoring on a passed ball.
“They chose to walk off the field,” Sonoma coach Dean Merrill said. “They left with no handshakes after the game.”
Laura Parker, the Healdsburg coach, said she was upset that Sonoma was stealing bases with a big lead and mentioned a delayed steal earlier in the inning.
“The players are supposed to have fun and display good sportsmanship,” she said.
ANALY 13, EL MOLINO 3
At Forestville, Payton Cords and Jayde Hill both homered in a six-run first inning. Hill wound up with four RBIs while Cords and Emily Dreyer had two each.