|Cougars’ nine put squeeze on MHS; fall to Cardinals
Rancho Cotate High’s baseball team probably can’t wait to touch the green grass of their home field. Today, April 12, when they square off with Santa Rosa High, it will mark the Cougars’ eighth consecutive game on the road.
It’s been more than a month since the Cougars have played on their home field. The last time they had a home game was March 15 against Maria Carrillo. They’ve gone 2-4 since then to move their overall record to 8-6 and their North Bay League mark to 3-1.
The Cougars last week rallied to knock off Montgomery 3-2 in an NBL contest but fell to Cardinal Newman 5-1 for their first league loss.
Rancho Cotate’s next home game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, against Windsor.
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Chris Delsanto surprised just about everybody on the field on April 3 when he dropped a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in the top of the seventh inning to push Rancho Cotate High’s baseball team past the Montgomery Vikings.
The fact the Cougars had the moxie to pull off such a play shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. But it coming from their cleanup hitter was the stunner. Delsanto’s squeeze capped a two-run rally in the decisive inning.
Rancho Cotate entered the final inning trailing 3-2 but tied the game when Ryan Haug hit into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
With one out and men on first and third, Delsanto dropped his bunt, which allowed a hard-charging Kevin McGuiggan to come home with the game-winner.
The Cougars’ first two runs came in the top of the third when Ryan Walsh blasted a two-run double for a 2-0 lead. Montgomery got a pair of runs in the fifth inning and one in the third.
Connor Littleton was the starting pitcher for Rancho Cotate but didn’t get the decision. He was effective as he scattered seven hits over 5 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. He allowed two earned runs. Reliever Anthony Sosa, who pitched the sixth and seventh, got the victory.
Haug went 2 for 4 at the place with one RBI, while Walsh was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
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The Cougars suffered their first NBL loss on April 5 at the hands of the Cardinals.
Rancho Cotate was unable to put a string of hits together against the Newman pitchers. Sosa had two of the four hits (both doubles) for the Cougars, and he also scored their only run in the top of the fifth. Eric Mossi had the lone RBI for Rancho Cotate on an infield out.
The Cardinals scored single runs in the first and third innings and three in the bottom of the sixth.
Will Felton was the losing pitcher for Rancho Cotate. He went 5 2/3 innings, struck out three, walked three and allowed five hits.
Rancho Cotate is 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the NBL. Wednesday, the Cougars were host to NBL newcomer and league favorite Casa Grande. Details of that contest were unavailable when The Community Voice went to print.