|Cougars take a pair of defeats
Clichés exist because, for the most part, they are true. And one cliché Rancho Cotate High’s baseball team has become all too aware of lately is a team can’t win if it can’t score.
When the Cougars dropped a 1-0 decision to Montgomery of Santa Rosa on April 2, it marked the third consecutive game in which they failed to score a run. They finally injected some life into their offense two days later, but unfortunately for them, they were on the short end of a 5-3 tally against Cardinal Newman.
Rancho Cotate is now 2-12 overall and 1-3 in the North Bay League.
Today, April 11, the Cougars have a home game against Santa Rosa.
The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Rancho Cotate 0
The Cougars couldn’t have asked for much more from senior left-handed pitcher Connor Littleton.
Littleton pitched an outstanding game, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out one in a complete-game effort. Unfortunately for Littleton and the Cougars, the Rancho Cotate bats went cold at Rohnert Park.
The Cougars collected only three hits – two off the bat of Littleton and the other from Noah Rogerson.
Littleton and his counterpart, Montgomery starter Jared Noonan, each held the other batting order scoreless through three innings. But in the top of the fourth, the Vikings took advantage of a Rancho Cotate error to push the only run across the plate.
Kiel Long’s single plated Mitchell West to give the Vikings their advantage.
Cardinal Newman 5
Rancho Cotate 3
The Cougars got a run in the first inning, two in the seventh and nothing in between during a road loss to Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.
Rancho Cotate’s loss put a damper on a stellar day at the plate for senior shortstop Kelly Tallchief, who was 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles. The Cougars’ other three hits came from Casey Gray, Oscar Urbina and Alex Latourelle.