By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Six North Bay League pitchers combined for a no-hitter on Sunday as the NBL defeated the Sonoma County League, 6-0, in the 18th annual Kiwanis all-star game for seniors at
Santa Rosa JC.
The closest the SCL got to a hit came on the final play of the game. At the time, there was a runner on first via a walk.
Sonoma Valley’s Kyle Garcia hit a line-drive scorcher down the right field line that first baseman Zach Scott (Maria Carrillo) back-handed on one hop. He tagged his bag and then threw to second where the runner was tagged out to end the game.
“I was playing close to the bag to keep the runner close,” Scott said. “The ball came to me so quickly, I only had time to get my glove down.”
Scott not only put the finishing touches on the no-hit game, he got things started by pitching the first two innings.
He was followed to the mound by Casa Grande’s Eric Parnow (two innings), Cardinal Newman’s Cal Clamar (two), Casa’s Jon Christy (one), Newman’s Kyle Scott (one) and Casa’s Nick Bostow (one).
“This was something I’ll always remember,” Scott said. “I started a no-hitter and made the defensive play that ended it.”
The only run the NBL pitching staff would need scored in the second on a fielder’s choice.
Cardinal Newman’s Bryce McChinak had an RBI single in the fifth that made it 2-0.
The NBL struck for three more in the eighth. The key hit in that inning was a two-RBI single by Newman’s Michael Clark.
The final run came across the plate in the ninth following a single by Bostow.
The SCL was charged with four errors, the NBL none.
“It was a great way to end the season,” said winning coach Derek DeBenedetti. “We just got timely hitting to go along with tremendous pitching. The SCL’s pitching was also good, give them credit.”
Scott said the afternoon had a different feel than regular-season games.
“I usually have my Carrillo teammates around me,” Scott said. “I have a lot of friends on other NBL teams, but it was different.
“The cool part of the day was getting together one last time. I was pretty pumped because this was probably the last time I’ll play organized ball.”
Scott will attend Chico State in the fall where he plans to major in pre-med.
The NBL finished with six hits. Bostow led the way with two singles. The other hits were by: Clark, McChinak, Austin Garatti (Casa Grande) and Nate England (Ukiah).