By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Albany scored the only run of the game in unorthodox fashion on Friday as the Cougars eliminated visiting Analy from the NCS Division 3 playoffs.
The key play came in the third inning when Roma Nawy hit a ground ball to Tigers first baseman Crystal Gevas. There was a collision near the bag as Nawy attempted to avoid the tag and both players went down.
Isabel Lavroz, who was on second when the play began, alertly rounded third and went home before the throw got to the catcher. A fielding error had allowed Lavroz to reach base.
Analy had plenty of chances to tie the game and go ahead. The Tigers had eight hits compared to three for Albany.
The visitors had runners get to second or third in six of the seven innings and left 11 runners on base.
Pitcher Saja Weaver was the tough-luck loser. She struck out five and walked one.
Sophomore Payton Cords went 3-for-3 and Kayia Ming had two hits.
Analy, the No. 5 seed, advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Eureka in the opening round.
ALHAMBRA 6, RANCHO COTATE 1
At Martinez, the Cougars were held scoreless until the final inning.
Meanwhile, Alhambra scored three in the second and three more in the fourth.
Rancho, coming off a four-homer game in an opening round victory over Pinole Valley, didn’t hit one off winning pitcher Shelby Clemons.
While not hitting the long ball, the Cougars did wind up with seven hits and left nine runners on base.
“We weren’t as aggressive at the plate as we’ve been in recent games,” coach Tracey Poueu-Guerrero said. “Give Alhambra credit, they were a good offensive team.”
Rancho committed five errors but only one of Alhambra’s runs was unearned.
Rancho, the NBL runner-up, was seeded No. 10 in the Division 2 bracket.
ST. PATRICK/ ST. VINCENT 6, CARDINAL NEWMAN 2
At Vallejo, the visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold on as the Bruins advanced in the Division 4 quarter-final game.
The big hit for the Cardinals was a home run by freshman Cassie Killeen.
Emily Jaffe was perfect in three trips to the plate.
The Bruins took the lead in the fourth by scoring three runs.
ST. VINCENT 7, CALISTOGA 6
At Calistoga, Mary Cerf’s two-run homer in the seventh provided the winning margin for the Mustangs.
Cerf’s round-tripper over the left-field fence came with two outs.
After three innings, the Wildcats led 6-0.
St. Vincent got back into the game with four runs in the fourth and then won it by scoring three in the seventh.
Amanda Yager was the winning pitcher and in the final inning, she set Calistoga down in order.