Analy trying to stay undefeated in the Sonoma County League against resurgent Piner.
With the records of the last few seasons, you could have gotten pretty good odds that the game between Analy and Piner would have been buried deep behind the headlines.
Last season the teams won nine games between them. That isn’t nine league games, that is nine games period. Yet there they were playing in one of the biggest game of the SCL season and both teams were double digits over .500. They are both in the top three of the YSN365.com and the top five in the Press Democrat rankings.
Now that the remarkable run by Casa Grande of one run wins has ended, another pattern is playing out that although is not as remarkable, is pretty rare in most leagues that we cover here.
We are over halfway through those races and every race, except for one, has a first place team that is still undefeated. The only one that doesn’t is the NBL Softball race, where Maria Carrillo is in first place with one loss.
For one of the few times this season the SRJC offense was a no show and it cost them a Sole Championship in the Big 8 race. Two pitchers for Cosumnes River combined on a one hitter in a 2-0 win. SRJC ends the regular season 28-6-1 and 19-5 in Big 8 play, which is a first place tie with Sierra.
Rancho Cotate comes into this one with a half game lead in the standings at 7-1. Carrillo is at 6-1 in the NBL.
Talk about picking up your teammate.
No. 3 Maria Carrillo was one out away from a frustrating loss that saw them have two runs erased because a runner missed home plate. Then three straight singles capped off a three run seventh inning to give the Pumas a 4-3 run over No. 2 Rancho Cotate and give them first place in the NBL race.
On the YSN Facebook page the score was posted:
Casa Grande 2 Windsor 1
There was a comment to it that said, “OMG that is getting freaky”.
It is past freaky.
Piner in the midst of a turn around season hopes to stay in second place with a road win at Forestville.
It is good times for the SRJC baseball and softball teams.
Analy has a non-league game while others try to stay close.
Two wild games set up a Thursday showdown in the NBL softball race.
NCL World has battles for first place
NBL Baseball takes its turn today
The rankings are starting to float in for the high school baseball world. The power rankings that is.
Not surprising the highest rated baseball team in the area is Casa Grande. They are ranked so high that they even get a number by its name in the MaxPreps schedule. That number is 52 and that is where they are ranked in the country. In the state they are at No. 14, No. 2 in the NCS (overall) and No. 1 in NCS Division 2.