|Cougars take down Newman
But defensive lapses cause 6-0 loss to Casa Grande
Rancho Cotate’s baseball team experienced the high of beating a heated rival and the low of succumbing to one of the best teams in Northern California.
The Cougars began the month with a stirring 6-4 victory over Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, avenging a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals on April 5.
That exhilaration was short-lived, however, as the Cougars were blanked by Petaluma’s Casa Grande 6-0 two days later on May 3.
What made the loss all the more difficult for the Cougars was the fact that two bad defensive plays cost them four runs, which took them out of the game against North Bay League-champion Casa Grande.
The Cougars entered the game against the Gauchos tied for second in the NBL with three other teams. But at 7-5 in the NBL (12-10 overall), they occupy fifth place.
Today, the Cougars take to the road to face Windsor. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Rancho Cotate 6
Cardinal Newman 4
Rancho Cotate got all of its runs in two innings – four in the third and two in the fifth – to secure a home victory over the Cardinals.
Ryan Walsh collected two of the Cougars’ six hits in the contest, while Will Felton, Ryan Haug, Chris Delsanto and Kevin McGuiggan each had one hit.
Noah Rogerson was the winning pitcher.
Casa Grande 6
Rancho Cotate 0
The Gauchos broke open a scoreless game in the top of the second by belting out three singles to load the bases and then scored on a bases-loaded walk allowed by Cougars starting pitcher Felton.
Rancho Cotate’s defense then collapsed when, with two outs, a deep ball to the warning track was dropped by the Cougars’ right fielder, allowing another run to score to give Casa Grande a 3-0 advantage.
Three more runs crossed home plate for the Gauchos when a catchable ball hit to the power alley in right center fell to the ground as the result of miscommunication by the Cougars’ center and right fielders. Casa Grande tallied its final run in the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, the Cougars were unable to solve the Gauchos’ Anthony Bender, who pitched five scoreless innings.
Casa Grande’s victory upped its winning streak to 21 games. The Gauchos are ranked No. 14 overall in California, No. 2 in the North Coast Section and No. 1 in Div. II of the NCS.
Nationally, they are ranked No. 57.