|Scardini no-hits Pirates
Cougars’ softball team reels off five straight victories
Because Rancho Cotate’s offense hit on all cylinders in a HASA Tournament game in Antioch on April 12, freshman pitcher Brittney Scardina had the luxury of simply relaxing and doing what she does best, which is mowing down opposing batters.
Rancho Cotate’s star pitcher fired a no-hitter, the first of her budding career, as the Cougars remained unbeaten in the tournament.
Rancho Cotate scored in every inning but the third. Sophomore Alexis Gumanday and sophomore Taylor Del Santo, who blasted a home run, each drove in two runs for the Cougars, who tallied three times in both the first and sixth innings.
Vickie Espinoza, Gumanday, Del Santo and Kristine Riccosa all had two hits for Rancho Cotate.
Rancho Cotate 1, Santa Rosa 0
Freshman Janaea Mason’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the first inning provided all the run support Scardina would need in this tense encounter on April 12 in the HASA Tournament in Antioch.
Mason drove in Riccosa, who also reached base with a single, for the game’s only run against their North Bay League foes. This, however, was a non-league game.
Riccosa had two of Rancho Cotate’s three hits.
Scardina had another strong outing for the Cougars, scattering six hits over seven innings. She also struck out five and walked none.
Rancho Cotate 11, St. Joseph 0
The Cougars simply overmatched the Pilots in a game played April 11 in Oakland. Rancho Cotate took control by scoring four runs in both the first and second innings in a game called because of softball’s 10-run rule, which ends the game after five innings when one team is up by 10 or more runs.
Katie Rohrer and Reilani Peleti each drove in a pair of runs for the Cougars, while Gumanday and Riccosa each scored three times.
Jordan Ladner, Del Santo and Riccosa all had two hits for the Cougars, who rapped out 10 hits in the contest.
Ladner was the winning pitcher for Rancho Cotate. She allowed two hits while striking out five and walking none.
Rancho Cotate 10, Casa Grande 5
After spotting the Gauchos a three-run lead entering the bottom of the second inning, the Cougars’ offense hit its stride and hit Casa Grande with nine runs over the next three innings to seize control of this NBL matchup.
This game showed how the Cougars can play station-to-station ball as all of their 11 hits were singles. Scardina led the way with three hits and four RBI for Rancho Cotate, while Riccosa had two hits and scored three times. Peleti also scored twice for the Cougars.