|Cougars rack up notable victories
Conner Littleton’s standout pitching effort highlighted one of the more impressive weeks in quite some time for Rancho Cotate High’s baseball team.
Littleton, a junior on a deep Rancho Cotate pitching staff, was nothing short of masterful in hurling the Cougars to a 1-0 home victory over Clayton Valley of Concord on March 14. It was the Cougars’ second consecutive victory over a team from the East Bay in three days, as they knocked off Heritage High of Brentwood, 5-0, on March 12. In the past four years, Rancho Cotate had lost five straight games to teams from the East Bay.
As notable as Rancho Cotate’s victories were over Heritage and Clayton Valley, the Cougars’ notched an even more important victory over North Bay League rival Maria Carrillo, 5-1, on March 15 to improve to 2-0 in league and 6-2 overall.
RC 1, Clayton Valley 0
Littleton, who allowed five hits, held down Clayton Valley’s offense until the Cougars pushed across the only run – albeit unearned – in the sixth inning. Littleton also walked one and hit two batters.
Will Fenton scored from second after Jordan Ho rapped a two-strike pitch into left field for a single. Fenton reached base on a throwing error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The Cougars also were sterling in the field in keeping Clayton Valley off the scoreboard. Joe Gali made a diving catch on a deep fly to left field to end the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth with a pair of outs and a runner on third, the Eagles’ Tanner Wraa belted a liner to left field, but again, Gali thwarted the scoring effort with a shoestring catch to end the inning and keep it scoreless.
RC 5, Maria Carrillo 1
Playing its third game in four days, the Cougars scored twice in both the second and third innings and once in the sixth to put away the Pumas.
Felton, who allowed four hits, was the winning pitcher for the Cougars. Chris Delsanto was the top hitter for Rancho Cotate, going 2-for-2 at the plate.