NBL baseball: Cardinal Newman defeats Casa Grande 2-0 for tournament title

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cal Clamar pitched a shutout and Cardinal Newman capitalized on a Casa Grande fielding error to score its only runs as the Cardinals won the North Bay League tournament 2-0 Friday at Santa Rosa JC.

Newman scored in the third inning when Colin Imm’s routine fly ball to center field was dropped with Kyle Fistolera and Alex Roeser on the bases. There were two outs at the time.

Cardinal Newman's Cal Clamar pitched during the NBL championship game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, May 22, 2015. Cardinal Newman defeated Casa Grande 2-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Cal Clamar pitched during the NBL championship game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, May 22, 2015. Cardinal Newman defeated Casa Grande 2-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Fistolera and Roeser had both singled and those were the Cardinals’ only hits of the game.

Clamar allowed four hits and was aided by some sparkling play from his defense.

The left-hander said he was able to get ahead in the count most of the time.

“Once I got ahead, I went to my cutter and change-up,” he said. “My defense played great.

“After we scored, I wanted to get a shutdown inning. When we did that, my confidence went way up.

“This was by far the best game I’ve pitched all year.”

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The Cardinals made one error while Clamar struck out five.

“He was phenomenal,” coach TJ McMahon said about the senior. “He didn’t miss his spots and his location was great. I’m very proud of him.”

Luc DeLorenzo made two outstanding plays in right field. In the first inning, he collided with the fence in foul territory while making a catch on a ball hit by Spencer Torkelson.

DeLorenzo got the out but came away with a bloody nose and bump on his forehead.

Then, in the fourth inning, he raced into the gap and made a sliding catch to rob Casey Longaker.

The loss snapped Casa’s 15-game winning streak.

“Clamar threw well and we didn’t score,” Gauchos coach Paul Maytorena said. “They took advantage of our mistake.

“We’ve got to flush it out of our system and move forward.”

Eric Parnow, even though he pitched well, was saddled with the loss. Nick Bostow and Torkelson followed him to the mound and each hurled a perfect inning of relief.

Accounting for the Casa hits were Torkelson, Austin Garatti, Max Cerini and Brian Hupke.

The Gauchos (20-6) topped the NBL regular season standings and should get a good seed for next week’s North Coast Section tournament.

Newman (20-6) undoubtedly improved its position for tourney seeding with the victory.

  • Joe Junblut

    Newman did not win the League title, they won the League Tournament. Which is a fundraiser for the league, with no real purpose. Unless the two teams ended the season tied.