By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Rancho Cotate belted a season-high four home runs while getting a road win over Pinole Valley, 12-6, in the first round of the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs on Tuesday.
Malia Kuka, Janea Mason, Alexis Gumanday and Brittney Scardina accounted for the round-trippers as the Cougars built a 10-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Scardina held the Pinole bats in check except for a four-run uprising in the fifth inning. She had seven strikeouts.
“The girls attacked the ball from the first inning,” coach Tracey Poueu-Guerrero said after watching her team rack up 16 hits.
Kuka and Janea Mason finished with three-hit games while Scardina, Gumanday, Raelani Peliti, Katie Rohrer and Jordan Ladner had two hits apiece.
ANALY 5, EUREKA 0
At Sebastopol, Saja Weaver hurled a shutout as the Tigers advanced to the second round in Division 3 play. The junior struck out five and didn’t issue a walk.
“She hit her spots and was in control,” coach Nick Houtz said of Weaver. “She’s a hard-working kid who practices a lot and it shows.
“Her last couple of games have been her best and she’s in a groove at the right time.”
Emily Dreyer came up with the game’s big hit, a single that produced two runs. Dreyer finished with a pair of hits as did Kaiya Ming, Kaitlyn Hager and Mackenzie Evangelisti.
TAMALPAIS 11, PINER 1
At Tamalpais, the visiting Prospectors were eliminated in a Division 3 game shortened to six innings. Piner committed four errors and Tam scored seven runs in the sixth.
The Prospectors led 1-0 after a half-inning as Cailyn Callison doubled and then scored.
ST. VINCENT 6, COLLEGE PREP 2
At Petaluma, the Mustangs advanced in Division 5 behind the four-hit pitching of Hannah Sarlatte. Leading the offense with three hits apiece were Haley Antonini, McKenna Wilson-Kay and Mary Cerf.