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Maria Carrillo locked up its second North Bay League baseball title in three years Wednesday as the Pumas defeated visiting Rancho Cotate, 10-4.

Carrillo erupted for six runs in the third inning and tacked on the other four runs in the fifth.

Jo Bynum and Grant Hermone cashed in big hits in the third. On a hit-and-run play, Bynum blasted a three-run homer and Hermone drove in the final two runs of the inning with a two-out single.

Andrew Vaughn pitched the first five innings for the Pumas allowing two hits and striking out eight.

Coach Derek DeBenedetti knew at the beginning of the season that his team had the potential to win the league crown.

“I thought we had a special group,” he said. “I felt if we executed on the field that good things would happen. Also, I knew it wouldn’t be easy because the NBL is stacked from top-to-bottom this year.

“We’ve played exemplary baseball and are where we wanted to be at this time of the season.”

Carrillo played a tough non-league schedule and is 15-8 overall, 11-2 in the NBL.

The Pumas banged out a dozen hits. Recording two-hit games were Patrick Gavin, Aidan Nagle, Vincent Riggio, Will Brede and Bynum.

When the final out was made, the Carrillo players celebrated on the field.


At Santa Rosa, Tyler Kelley pitched the best game of his career.

The senior struck out 11 and scattered six hits.

“He kept us off balance,” Wildcats coach Stephen Summers said. “He mixed up his pitches real well.”

Ukiah did have its chances, but left seven runners on base.

“I didn’t call the pitches for him,” Santa Rosa coach Paige Dumont said. “He thought everything through and did a heck of a job. He pitched, he wasn’t just a thrower. It’s rare to see a high school pitcher do that.”

The Panthers did all their scoring in the fifth. Shamus Lyons knocked in two runs and Marcus Hollingsworth had the other RBI.

Santa Rosa is 8-15 and 5-8 while Ukiah drops to 12-10 and 7-6.


At Windsor, Hunter Disidoro pitched a complete game and stranded the tying run at third base in the seventh inning.

Ian Coit singled in the seventh but was left at third when the Jaguars’ Patrick Tapin caught a foul ball down the left field line for the final out.

The only run the Vikings scored was unearned and Disidoro needed 82 pitches to finish the game. He gave up four hits.

Tapin and Sam Penning had two hits apiece for Windsor. Mat Silva and John Plinski drove in the runs.

“It was one of our best games,” Jaguars coach Corey Sunday said. “We’re starting to finish close games.”


At Petaluma, Cody McGunagle and Jason Wutsch celebrated Senior Day by combining for a shutout.

McGunagle, who was making his first start of the year, pitched the first 3⅔ innings and surrendered all four Newman hits. Wutsch went 3⅓ and got the save.

The Gauchos picked up the only run they would need in the first inning. Quinton Gago’s fielder’s choice produced the score.

Casa tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth with the key hit coming off the bat of Hance Smith. He stroked a double to left center field that scored two runs.

The Gauchos finished with five hits. The only extra base hit besides Smith’s double was a two-bagger by teammate A.J. Miller.

Casa Grande is 17-5 overall and 9-4 in league. Cardinal Newman’s record is 7-16 and 4-9.

ST. VINCENT 15, UPPER LAKE 0 (5 innings)

At Petaluma, the Mustangs’ pitching staff picked up its sixth no-hitter of the year.

Dominic Pedersen pitched four innings of the abbreviated game and David Sammon finished up.

Pedersen reached a milestone with his bat. The senior got two hits and that gives him 101 in his high school career. Liam Galten, who is hitting .520 over his last eight games, picked up his 75th career hit in the game.

St. Vincent remained unbeaten in NCL II play with a 9-0 mark and the Mustangs are 16-4 overall. Upper Lake is 2-13 and 2-7.

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