ANALY SCL CHAMPIONS
In 2012 Analy finished 9-15 overall and 5-7 in SCL play. That was quite an improvement over the 2011 numbers of 4-19 and 1-11. The hope for moving up the ladder even more didn’t seem to promising when they opened this season with a 4-3 loss to Santa Rosa. After that this season has been pure goal.
The exclamation point of the season came on Tuesday when the Tigers had its biggest inning of the season, a 12 run second, and went on to beat Healdsburg 19-1. The win wrapped up its first SCL championship since 2001.
Analy, who has been the No. 2 ranked team since the first week of April in both the YSN and PD rankings, is now 19-4 on the season. They will go for win No. 20 and try to finish the SCL race undefeated when they wrap up the regular season with a home game with Petaluma on Friday.
Five players had at least two hits in the win over Healdsburg, which was part of a season high 17 hits. Four players drove in at least two runs. Darin Newman had the biggest numbers in both with four hits and four RBI. The four for four day raised his season average to .407. He also has a SCL high 22 runs batted in.
Analy is going to finish over .500 both overall and in league play for the first time since 2009 when they had a twenty three win season. The window is open to top that mark with the SCL post season tournament and the NCS playoffs on the horizon.
In the Division 3 power rankings in the NCS Analy is at No. 3. That is probably where they will end up in the seedings since they have a loss to No. 1 and No. 2.
The schedule is set for the SCL post season tournament. Analy will be meeting fourth place Sonoma Valley on Wednesday May 15th in the first round. The Analy win over Healdsburg clinched the spot for Sonoma Valley who had the league bye.
The other semi-final will be played on Thursday May 16th between second place Petaluma and third place Piner. Those two teams met on Tuesday with Petaluma taking an 8-1 win.
Blake Patrick had three hits, including two doubles and Jayme Potts and Chase Dunbar each drove in two as Petaluma took control early taking a 5-0 lead after two.
The SCL post season tournament will be played in Sonoma with all games starting at 7 pm.
The regular season ends on Friday with Analy hosting Petaluma.
No. 1 Petaluma and No. 2 Maria Carrillo moved closer to a league championship.
Petaluma raised its record to 20-1 with a 17-1 win over El Molino. Petaluma has a one game lead over Analy. They can wrap things up when they host Analy on Thursday.
Maria Carrillo clinched a tie for the NBL race with a 7-1 win over Santa Rosa. Brittney Veler had a homer, two doubles and drove in three runs as all the scoring in the game was done by the third inning.
Maria Carrillo has a two game lead over Rancho Cotate with two to go. They can wrap up the title with a home win over Montgomery on Thursday.
Rancho Cotate kept its slim hopes alive, jumping out to a 9-1 lead and holding on to an 11-6 win over Casa Grande. Keilani Fronda and Taylor Haug each had three hits to lead a 14 it attack. One of Fronda’s hits was a homer.
It has been a down year for Montgomery, but they did get some satisfaction with a two run seventh to defeat Ukiah 7-6. Hailey Hermann drove in five runs, including the final two with a double.
It was the Vikings second league win of the season and they are 7-14 on the season.
Neither of the softball leagues have a post season tournament. The regular season in both leagues ends next Tuesday.
NCL II SHOWDOWN SET
St. Vincent and Sonoma Academy both had easy wins on Monday and now are set up for a showdown to end league play with a game for the NCL II championship. The game will be at Doyle Park on Friday.
Both teams go into the game 8-1 in league play.
St. Vincent, who is 16-4 on the season, defeated Sonoma Academy in the first meeting 4-3. St. Vincent loss was to Tomales last week.
No. 3 Cloverdale lost its first NCL I game, losing to Middletown 2-0. But runs were unearned and scored in the sixth inning. Cloverdale left 13 men on base, including the bases loaded in the first and second. They also left a runner at third in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
Cloverdale, who is 18-3 on the season, still has a one game lead in the NCL I race with two games to go.
THE CHAMPION MAYBE DECIDED
If the season ended today Rancho Cotate would miss the NBL Baseball post season tournament.
The Cougars are one game out of the last spot behind Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo and Montgomery, who are all tied for that final spot.
But the season has two games left and because of the way the schedule plays out, if Rancho Cotate wins its last two games they will qualify.
Probably that is.
The last two regular season games are set up that they could first round matchups. No. 1 Casa Grande ends the regular season against two of the three teams tied for the final spots.
Rancho Cotate is the only team that doesn’t play a team that is in the hunt. They host Santa Rosa on Wednesday and travel to Windsor on Friday. Both those two teams season will end on Friday. If Rancho Cotate wins both games, they will be at least tied with somebody for that final spot and then the tie-breaker will set in.
There is no way that the three teams ahead of them can win its last two games. In fact one of them has to lose in each of the final games. It could be the same team, but there is a chance two of them will.
The schedule involving the other four
No. 4 Cardinal Newman at No. 1 Casa Grande
Montgomery at No. 3 Maria Carrillo
No. 1 Casa Grande at Montgomery
No. 3 Maria Carrillo at No. 4 Cardinal Newman
The only thing Casa Grande has a stake is the pride of finishing the league race undefeated. They are the league champion and will be the No. 1 seed in the Post Season tournament. Also they need the wins to assure a No. 1 seed in the North Coast Division 2 playoffs (explanation below).
As for the other four teams its simple, go 2-0 and you get in.
Probably that is.
By the way, a bad mistake was made in the Weekly Recap about Casa Grande and a No. 1 seed. I stated that Grande is undefeated and so on, but said Granada had the advantage for a No. 1 seed.
Turns out I read the wrong list. Granada is No. 1 in the rankings, but they are Division 1 team. So in the power rankings, Casa Grande is the No. 1 Division 2 team.
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