It almost gets boring talking about the Maria Carrillo Softball team. It is always the same, Robin Johnson pitching and Brittney Veler hitting. That was the combination again on Tuesday as the Pumas wrapped up the NBL Softball race with a 3-0 win over Cardinal Newman.
The two seniors have been the headline all season long, but they have even picked up what was a pretty big pace down the stretch.
Not only was Johnson her typical self on the mound, she also gave herself some breathing room. With two outs in the second and already having a 1-0 lead, Johnson hits a two out two run single up middle.
It turned out that was insurance. Maria Carrillo took a 1-0 lead in the first and that was enough because of another shutout for Johnson, her fourth of the season and third in her last five games.
Of course, that first inning run was scored by Veler. She led the game off with a single and would up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Beth Devault. Maria Carrillo scored in three innings and Veler scored in all of them. She did it by herself, for the sixth inning run, by blasting her fifth homer of the season and third in the last two games. It was the sixteenth game this season she has had at least two hits and keeps her batting average just under .700. She has scored at least one run in eight straight games.
It turned out the Maria Carrillo needed the win to get its second straight Solo League Championship. That’s because Santa Rosa defeated Ukiah 13-0. The magic number for Denia Vera was five. That is how many hits she gave up in pitching a complete game and how many runs batted in she had. Taylor Mathews scored five runs by herself.
Maria Carrillo had a three game bulge for the 2013 NBL title. This season they had to dig out. After a 3-2 start which included back to back losses to Santa Rosa and Windsor, they have won nine straight to raise their overall record to 18-5.
NOT ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPPED UP
The Cloverdale Softball team needed some dramatics to wrap up its second straight NCL I championship. They scored a run in the sixth to force extra innings and then scored three in the eighth to steal the league championship from Clear Lake 5-4. Hailey Donahoo brought in the game winner winner with a one out single.
Cloverdale ends the regular season 16-5.
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