For the Analy and Petaluma Baseball teams the time has come. It has been a countdown for a little over three weeks. There was a lot of baseball between then and now and both teams took care of things to set things up at Petaluma High School.
It was on March 25th that the two teams played a game that wouldn’t end…yet.
On that day they played the first Sonoma County League game of the season. It figured that these two teams would fight for the League Championship. Nobody new how much they would fight.
Just five days earlier Petaluma defeated Analy 6-1 in the championship game of the Rabinovitz Tournament at Montgomery. Four days later in the YSN365.com first baseball rankings, Petaluma was No. 1 and Analy was No. 4.
The game didn’t start out like it would be that long of a game, except for the Analy fans. Petaluma scored six in the second, five of them after two were out. The big hit was a bases loaded double by Luke Wheles.
Analy chipped away and scored two in the second and one in the third. Petaluma scored a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. Analy tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the last two runs on a two out double by Kenny Beeler.
Then that was it. Not the baseball, but the scoring. The two teams went the next seven innings, the equivalent of a regulation high school baseball game, without a score. Both teams had their chances. Petaluma had the bases loaded and one out once and Analy had the same situation twice. Petaluma also had another inning with runners at first and second with no outs.
The game resumes where it ended on March 25th. Petaluma will bat in the top of twelfth with the bottom of the order due up starting with third baseman Tyler Williams who has three hits in five at bats.
The two pitchers who were going at the end of the game were Greg Thomas for Petaluma and Jae Wagner for Analy. Thomas gave up eight hits and four walks in 7 1/3 and somehow didn’t allow a run. Wagner went six innings and allowed two hits. The two teams combined for 14 runs, 21 hits and eight errors.
Since then, Petaluma is 5-0 in league play and Analy is 4-0. Petaluma did lose a non-league game to St. Mary’s. Analy has a five game winning streak, which includes a 10-0 win over Terra Linda on Wednesday.
By the way, you might remember the JV game that same day was also suspended after 11 innings. The JV score is 1-1 and they will continue the game at the same time as the Varsity. Game time for both games to resume will be 3 pm.
Of course after those games are decided, they will play the game that was scheduled in the first place. This could be one long day of baseball. It is definitely a big one in the SCL race.
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