By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Cardinal Newman scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out an 8-7 victory over visiting Justin-Siena in the opening round of NCS Division 4 playoffs on Wednesday.
Sarah Holly scored the winning run on a head-first slide with one out. Emily Jaffe hit a ground ball that was fielded by the shortstop and Holly beat the throw home.
Holly and Lexie Raasch had hits in the seventh and the Cardinals were aided by two errors and two walks.
The visitors from Napa outhit Newman, 13-9.
“Our pitcher (Raasch) didn’t have her best stuff,” coach Jerry Briggs said. “She wasn’t hitting her spots consistently.
“We got through by the skin of our teeth.”
Newman made three errors while the Braves had four.
Raasch, Isabelle Vreeland and Marissa Hall had two hits apiece for the Cardinals.
Newman came in as the No. 7 seed and is now 12-8. No. 10 Justin-Siena finishes 10-14.
CARONDELET 10, MONTGOMERY 0
At Concord, the Cougars’ pitching dominated the Vikings.
Taylor Blair, who has signed with Arizona State, struck out 11 and allowed two hits. She also belted two home runs and had four RBI.
Carondelet put the game out of reach with a six-run third inning.
Jennifer Warner and Ashley Baker accounted for the Vikings hits.
“We’re a young team and this was good experience for the future,” coach Mike Malvino said. “We’ll be back.”
Malvino called Blair the best pitcher his team has faced.
ENCINAL 10, SONOMA VALLEY 0
At Alameda, the Jets took advantage of seven errors by the Dragons to win the Division 3 game.
Meanwhile, Encinal pitcher Samantha Williams allowed only a hit by Shawney McVeigh.
The schools played earlier in the season with the Jets winning, 3-1.
“I thought this game would be closer,” Sonoma coach Dean Merrill said. “However, it’s tough to overcome that many errors.”
Encinal (13-10-1) came in as the No. 8 seed while the Dragons (15-11) were No. 9.