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.
SANTA ROSA 3, UKIAH 0
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.
WINDSOR 2, MONTGOMERY 1
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.”
CASA GRANDE 3, CARDINAL NEWMAN 0
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.