|RC girls finish strong
Cougars snap three-game skid by beating Windsor in final league encounter
There is never a good time for any team in any sport to go into a slump, but the timing could not have been worse for Rancho Cotate High’s girls’ softball team.
The Cougars, after a 6-2 victory over Cardinal Newman on May 1, dropped three consecutive games, including two in the North Bay League, fall out of contention for the league championship.
Rancho Cotate, however, snapped out of their funk with an explosive sixth inning on May 13 to turn back Windsor, 6-1, in the regular season finale at home. Rancho Cotate improved to 17-6-1 overall and 9-5 in the NBL.
Casa Grande took the measure of Rancho Cotate, 10-0, on May 5. The Cougars followed with a 5-4 non-league loss to Tamalpais and then fell to Santa Rosa 4-1 on May 8.
Rancho Cotate stands a solid chance of making the North Coast Section Div. II playoff field. Selections and seedings will be announced this weekend.
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The Jaguars’ Rachel Butulia seemingly had the Cougars’ offense under control, as Windsor carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. But that’s when the floodgates opened and the Cougars tallied all of their runs.
Pinch-hitter Vickie Espinoza tied the game with a single, and then the Cougars crossed the plate five more times on the strength of consecutive hits from Courtney Zaccagna, Reilani Peleti, Katie Rohrer, Alexis Gumanday and Christine Ricossa.
Brittney Scardina was the winning pitcher for the Cougars, allowing seven hits in seven innings while striking out five.
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Briana Doane singlehandedly did in the Cougars as she blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to erase the Panthers’ 1-0 deficit. She also belted a run-scoring double in the bottom of the sixth.
Taylor Del Santo singled in the top of the third to bring home Rohrer with the Cougars’ only run.
Denia Vera was the winning pitcher for the Panthers. She allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked two in six innings. Reliever Johanna Peelen struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save.
Rancho Cotate freshman Scardina gave up 10 hits, struck out one and walked one in seven innings.
Carolina Camacho, Allison Newhouse, Rohrer, Del Santo and Scardina all had hits for the Cougars.