The Justin-Siena baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat perennial North Coast Section Division 3 playoff team Sonoma Valley, 7-4, at home Wednesday.
After a Dragons reliever walked in a run and was pulled, Luigi Albano-Dito greeted the closer with a two-strike, two-run single to give the Braves (2-0-1) a 4-3 lead. Asher Sutter followed with a booming, no-doubt, three-run homer.
“We backed ourselves up against a wall and responded in a big way,” said Justin-Siena head coach Jeremy Tayson. “We have shown every game so far that we are out to earn what we get, and to walk away with the win today helps solidify that.”
Nolan Dunkle pitched the first four innings, struck out nine and allowed three hits, no walks, two unearned runs, with eight strikeouts through three innings. Albano-Dito relieved and got the win with two strong innings, and Alex Kirley pitched the seventh, allowing a run on fielder’s indifference.
The Braves wrap up preseason play by hosting Moreau Catholic, the No. 5 playoff seed in Division 3 last year, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Napa 13, Maria Carrillo 3, 5 innings
The Indians trailed 3-2 after the first inning but dominated to Pumas from Santa Rosa after that Wednesday at Mount Field.
Omar Gonzalez pitched all five innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs, striking out three and walking two.
Napa’s offense was led by Jason Pridy (3 for 4, two RBIs, two runs), Nathan Jessell (2 for 3, double, two RBIs, four runs) and Andrew Raymond (2 for 2, double, RBI, stolen base).
The Indians also got key contributions from Brandon Herter (2 for 2, run), Trent Maher (2 for 3, two runs), Colton Maher (1 for 2, RBI, run), James Palm (1 for 2, two runs) and Caden Cortese (RBI, run).
“We executed our offense exceptionally well today,” said Napa head coach Todd Pridy. “It was an all-around solid effort up and down the lineup.”
Napa 8, Armijo 7
Winning for Napa in singles on Wednesday were No. 1 Chelsea Pascual over Trisha Ringor, 21-15, 21-18, No. 2 Dulce Chocooj over Arianna Mestas, 16-21, 21-16, 21-19, No. 4 Vanessa Garcia over Lea Thao, 19-21, 21-9, 22-20, No. 6 Lucero Alvarez over Kyla Marasigan, 21-19, 21-13, and No. 8 Jacqueline Perez over Genevieve Tiongson, 21-17, 21-18.
Winning for Armijo were No. 3 Mhelyssa Anunciacion over Emily Chapman, 21-13, 19-21, 21-13, No. 5 Abigail Mattias over Mindy Rojas, 21-7, 21-17, and No. 7 April Marcilla over Elina Chapouris, 21-13, 21-8.
In doubles, No. 1 players Chocooj and Pascual beat Mestas and Anunciacion, 21-19, 21-18. At No. 2, Ringor and Marasigan beat Garcia and Rojas, 21-9, 21-17. At No. 3, Thao and Armijo partner Paige Vang beat Chapman and Napa teammate Alexandria Martinez, 21-17, 21-19. At No. 4, Chapouris and Napa partner Bella Pineda beat Mattias and Chloe Resgnit, 20-22, 21-18, 21-19.
At No. 5, Armijo’s Gwyreth Leong and Millen Aragon beat Maya Cisneros and Cynthia Ruiz, 21-13, 21-14. At No. 6, Marcilla and Armijo teammate Nicole Eguia beat Yulissa Zambrano and Anahi Tovar, 21-13, 21-14. At No. 7, Napa’s Lucero Alvarez and Rubi Gaspar beat Tiongson and Janelle Magaling, 21-18, 21-10.
College Men’s Golf
Hill, Hess lead Storm in tourney
Napa Valley finished sixth out of six teams in Big 8 Conference Tournament No. 5 on Wednesday at Chardonnay Golf Club despite a 74 from Jarrett Hill and a 79 from Robby Hess. Hill tied for second overall, just one stroke behind the medalist, while Hess carded his lowest round of the season.
Steve Plate’s 86 featured a rare eagle on the par 5 18th. Kyle Dozier added an 88 and Austin Barlow a 99.
Vintage improves to 3-1
The Crushers defeated talented Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills at home Wednesday, 8-4, getting great pitching from winner pitcher Nick Schuttish (4 1/3 innings, three earned runs, two strikeouts), Derek Oved (two-thirds inning) and Jake Whipple (two innings, earned run, four strikeouts).
Schuttish had the upper hand through the first four frames for Vintage (3-1), mixing a fastball and curveball to keep the Trojans off balance.
Leading the Crushers on offense were Reid McCaffrey (2 for 4, triple, RBI), Jake Whipple (2 for 4, RBI, stolen base), Ethan Hemmerlin (2 for 4, RBI), Logan Nothmann (1 for 3, double, RBI) and Dylan Payne (1 for 3, RBI).
On Tuesday, after scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Crushers squandered opportunities and watched visiting Vanden wake up and cruise to a 13-4 victory. The Vikings took advantage of 10 walks and two hit batsmen that, along with 12 hits, were too much to overcome.
The Vintage offense was led by Aiden Storck (2 for 3, two RBIs), McCaffrey (2 for 4, run) and Whipple (1 for 4, double, run).
The Crushers are scheduled to host Sonoma Valley at 3:30 p.m. Friday.