Note: The scene of Friday’s championship game has been changed. It will be at Santa Rosa Junior College with a 4 p.m. starting time. This story was changed to reflect that.
By HOWARD SENZELL
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Casa Grande extended its winning streak to 15 games on Wednesday while defeating visiting Ukiah, 5-2, in the first round of the NBL Tournament.
The Gauchos will play Cardinal Newman for the championship on Friday at SRJC.
Casa beat Ukiah despite making four errors, a stat that concerned coach Paul Maytorena.
“We need to play better if we want to go further,” he said. “The win was good, the process was not. We have to improve, it’s as simple as that.”
Chris Joaquim pitched out of several jams to get the win. He didn’t allow an earned run while going six innings. Justin Bruihl handled the seventh.
The score was 1-1 in the fourth inning when the Gauchos struck for three runs. Nick Bostow and Eric Parnow both singled and came home later in the inning on Brian Hupke’s hit.
Parnow and Tyler Moore each had two hits for Casa.
For Ukiah, Robbie McIntosh and Teak Larwood led the offense with two hits apiece.
The Gauchos, regular season champs of the NBL, will take a 20-5 record into Friday’s game.
Ukiah is 14-11 and that should be good enough to get the Wildcats an invitation to next week’s North Coast Section Tournament.
PETALUMA 2, ANALY 1
At Sonoma Valley, Logan Douglas was the hero as the Trojans moved on to the championship game of the SCL Tournament.
Douglas, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, delivered a double in the bottom of the seventh that scored Harrison Royall with the walk-off run.
Royall reached on a walk, stole second and then came home when Douglas’ shot made it to the fence in left-center field.
Douglas, who is a sophomore, also knocked in his team’s first run in the third inning.
That came after Analy had taken a 1-0 lead on an unearned run in the second.
Both pitchers went the distance with Hunter Williams getting the win on a two-hitter and Ryan Calderon taking the loss while allowing four hits.
Petaluma has won 10 in a row and sports an 18-7 record while Analy is 13-12.
In the SCL championship game tonight, the Trojans will visit Sonoma Valley.