|Littleton stymies Ukiah
Senior southpaw tosses one-hitter, blanks Wildcats in NBL opener
Connor Littleton was nothing short of masterful on the mound for Rancho Cotate High’s varsity baseball team on March 27.
All the senior left-handed hurler did was toss a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Ukiah Wildcats, giving the Cougars a 3-0 home victory in the North Bay League opener for both teams.
Rancho Cotate was unable to maintain its momentum as it dropped an 8-0 decision to Maria Carrillo the following day. The Cougars are now 2-10 overall and 1-1 in the NBL.
Littleton also walked one and struck out three. He needed to be as sharp as he was because Ukiah’s pitcher, Adrian Mata, also had a strong outing by allowing the Cougars only three hits.
Rancho Cotate gave Littleton all he would need by scoring a run in the first inning. Kenny Tallchief delivered the telling blow for the Cougars with a two-run single in the bottom of the third.
Noah Rogerson and Littleton got the other hits for the Cougars.
Maria Carrillo 8
Rancho Cotate 0
At Santa Rosa, the Cougars were on the wrong end of a shutout result as the Pumas’ Peter Hoge held them in check by allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out three.
Oscar Urbina and Steven Endy each got hits for Rancho Cotate.
Rogerson, the losing pitcher for the Cougars, held the Pumas scoreless through the first three innings, but Maria Carrillo pushed four runs across the plate in the fourth inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth.
Maria Carrillo, which wound up with 10 hits in the game, improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the NBL.
Today, the Cougars hit the road for a game against Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa. On Wednesday, April 9, Petaluma’s Casa Grande comes to visit the Cougars.
Both games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.