Weekly Recap: The Magic Of Casa Grande
Before we get onto the week notes a result from Monday.
In an NBL baseball game postponed from Friday, Montgomery did it again. They rallied with a four run seventh to edge Windsor 7-6 to move to 3-1 in the NBL race.
In all four of the league games Montgomery has been in, the winning run has scored in the sixth inning or later. They are the mini-version of Casa Grande (see below about that). The reason a mini-version is not all the games were one run decisions and they haven’t won all four.
Windsor took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth and 6-2 to the bottom of the sixth. Montgomery scored a run in the sixth and then Windsor walked the first three batters of the seventh. Kiel Long followed with a single, which was followed by a double by Max Meridith which tied the game. A groundball to first scored the winning run.
Montgomery is now in a second place tie with Cardinal Newman and Rancho Cotate one game behind Casa Grande.
Three of four Windsor league losses have been by one run with two of them going extra innings.
SPEAKING OF CASA GRANDE
Sports have been called many times a game of inches.
The Casa Grande baseball team has taken that phrase to a whole new level.
Casa Grande has some dominating numbers. The record is 13-1 on the season and 4-0 in NBL play. In every local ranking this season, including here at YSN, they have been the No. 1 baseball team in the area.
They haven’t lost a game since February. Thirteen games after—thirteen wins.
The way they have been winning gives teams the kind of title that teams sometimes are too comfortable with—especially a programs like Casa Grande. That title is team of destiny.
Just look how close to the edge they have lived in league play:
March 27th: 3-2 over Maria Carrillo. This is the Gauchos most one sided NBL game. They scored a run in the top of the seventh to take a 3-1 lead. For Casa Grande, this is a blowout.
March 29th: 4-3 over Windsor (10 innings): They trailed 2-0 in the third and 3-2 in the eighth before pulling out the win.
April 3rd: 2-1 over Ukiah. After giving up a 1-0 lead in the sixth, they scored the winning run in the seventh.
April 5th: 4-3 over Santa Rosa (12 innings). This was almost the Gauchos most one sided league win. They had a 3-1 lead going to the bottom of the seventh. Santa Rosa scored two to tie and they went nearly into the night before taking the win.
So in the four wins Casa Grande has outscored its opponents 13-9.
In the nine games leading up to league play they won four one run games and had six run rallies in two other games to pull games out.
One of the six run rallies was in the seventh to beat Campolindo 9-3, which is its headline win. The other was against Livermore in which they trailed 5-0 in the fourth. They scored the six in the fifth.
This isn’t the week to fatten up the league stats. On Wednesday they host Rancho Cotate and Friday they are at Cardinal Newman. Both teams are waiting for Casa Grande to fall with one league loss.
By the way Casa Grande has met Cardinal Newman before, in its own tournament.
Of course Casa Grande rallied for two in the seventh for a 4-3 win.
SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT WEEKEND
After a Thursday when league play got wiped out because of the weather, it was a busy weekend for the Softball World with tournaments all over Northern California. It was hard to get all the results as they have been trickling in.
A couple that stood out.
Santa Rosa was ranked No. 1 in the first Press Democrat ranking and hasn’t been mentioned in any of the YSN365.com rankings going into this week. When they lost their first league game to Windsor, they disappeared from the PD rankings also.
Santa Rosa made a statement this weekend finishing second in the HASA Tournament in Antioch. They won their first two games by a combined 28-3, against teams with a combined record of 4-24.
But the loss was more impressive than both wins. It was a 1-0 game to Concord 1-0 with the only run scored in the fifth and it was unearned. Concord is 10-3 on the season and a yearly contender for the NCS Division 2 championship, winning two of the last three.
Earlier in the tournament Concord scored three in the first, collected 13 hits and defeated Rancho Cotate 7-0.
The weekend had an effect in both the YSN (below) and PD rankings.
Petaluma, who has been the No. 1 ranked team at YSN and took over at the PD for Santa Rosa, didn’t do anything to lose that by winning the Standley Cup tournament in Hayward. They beat two local teams on their way to the Championship. In the semi-final they beat Cloverdale 6-3 and then defeated Maria Carrillo 3-1 in the championship.
Dana Thomsen got the win in both the semi-final and title game to raise her record to 6-1.
No. 1 Casa Grande…So the wins are by one run. They are still 4-0 in league play and riding a thirteen game winning streak. Casa Grande’s team ERA is 1.45. Anthony Bender has appeared in six games, pitched in 18 innings and hasn’t allowed a run. Next up comes a critical week.
No. 2 Analy…They have a nine game winning streak, four of them by shutouts including the last two. Garrett Hills has two of the shutouts. The other shutouts are by Ry McAulliffe and Jae Wagner. The three are a combined 14-0 with an ERA of a little over one.
No. 3 Cardinal Newman…Makes its debut in the top five with a win over Rancho Cotate. They have won three straight and four of five. The two games before that were back to back one run losses to Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande. After the Wednesday home game against Windsor, they will get a shot avenging both those.
No. 4 Rancho Cotate…Dramatic win over Montgomery lost its steam when they followed it up with a loss to Cardinal Newman. The Cougars have snuck into league play. It took exactly a month for them to play its four league games.
No. 5 Petaluma…Still not at .500, but have won five straight. Four of those games are in SCL play in which they have outscored opponents 40-5, including back to back 11-0 wins. They are hitting nearly .300 as a team led by Blake Patrick, who has a team high 54 official at bats and has a team high .426 batting average.
No. 1 Petaluma…Hasn’t lost since its opening game. They have given up under two run a game. Cloverdale was the third team of the season to score at least three runs against them. Their team ERA is 0.91.
No.2 Analy…Got a tournament out of the way before Easter. Not much action last week playing one game, which they won.
No. 3 Santa Rosa…Has won four of five, with lone loss to Concord. In the four wins, they scored in double figures in three of them and gave up three runs. Sophomore Johanna Peelan is 4-2 with an ERA of 0.47.
No. 4 Rancho Cotate…Split tournament over the weekend. That was after they defeated Maria Carrillo 10-1 in NBL play to stay undefeated. They host Cardinal Newman on Tuesday.
No. 5 Sonoma Valley…Lost opening game of Ukiah tournament to snap seven game winning streak. No other results reported from that tournament. They have a 7-6 win over Cardinal Newman that keeps them here.
THIS WEEK HEADLINES
TUESDAY…NBL SOFTBALL…Cardinal Newman at No. 4 Rancho Cotate…Besides Santa Rosa, these two teams are the biggest difference in the Softball rankings. In the PD rankings Cardinal Newman is No. 3 and hasn’t been ranked in the PD. These are also the last two teams undefeated in NBL race.
TUESDAY…SCL SOFTBALL…No. 5 Sonoma Valley at No. 1 Petaluma…Two of the three teams left undefeated teams in SCL race. The other is Analy.
TUESDAY…JC BASEBALL…SRJC at Cosumnes River…Don’t forget about SRJC just because they won the big series. They have a one game lead with nine games to go. This is the first of a three game series. Game 2 is on Thursday at SRJC. Game 3 on Saturday back at Cosumnes River. At the same time second place Sierra is meeting third place San Joaquin Delta who is three games behind SRJC and meets the Bear Cubs in a three game series next week.
WEDNESDAY…NBL BASEBALL…No. 4 Rancho Cotate at No. 1 Casa Grande…the importance of this game has pretty much been explained.
WEDNESDAY…NON LEAGUE BASEBALL…Drake at No. 2 Analy…The two teams are a combined 22-4. They are also both Division 3 teams so this will have an impact come playoff selection time.
THURSDAY…NBL SOFTBALL…No. 3 Santa Rosa at Maria Carrillo…Both teams go into the week with one league loss.
THURSDAY…NBL SOFTBALL…No. 4 Rancho Cotate at Casa Grande…Casa Grande goes into the week with one league loss. For Rancho Cotate’s situation, look at the Tuesday set up.
FRIDAY…NBL BASEBALL…No. 1 Casa Grande at No. 3 Cardinal Newman…Part of a big and brutal week for Casa Grande.
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