After what the schedule had for us last week, it almost seems like a letdown compared to what is on tap this week.
Every league was on the original schedule for Tuesday except for North Bay League Baseball. That league does have one game with its final make-up game and it is also Maria Carrillo’s first game as the YSN365.com No. 1 baseball team, when they host Ukiah. More important is Maria Carrillo will try to get its winning streak to twelve and keep its two game lead in the NBL race.
Ukiah is coming off its first NBL win last Friday, when they held off Rancho Cotate 13-11. The 13 runs are more than they scored in the first six league games combined. Sophomore, Colton Crabtree had four hits; including two of them in an 8 run third which gave Ukiah an 11-3 lead. It was the fifth time this season Ukiah has score in double figures.
It is the first of three games in the next four days for both teams.
The rest of the leagues have a full schedule with it basically being an upset alert for the league leaders.
Analy and Petaluma see their first action since Marathon Thursday.
The key team of the week is No. 8 Sonoma Valley, who goes into the week in a second play tie with Petaluma, one game behind Analy and meets both teams this week.
On Tuesday, the game is at No. 2 Analy and is between two teams that haven’t given up much in league play. Sonoma Valley has given up one run in its five league wins and one of its losses was to Petaluma 2-1. The other one was to Analy 5-0.
Analy has won seven straight. The first game of the streak was the suspended 9-8 game against Petaluma that went twelve innings. In the six wins since they have only given up three runs and they were all in a 11-3 win over Piner. Analy has a team ERA of 1.39.
Analy has games on back to back days. On Wednesday, they travel to El Molino for a make-up game. It is the first of two straight games that Analy has against El Molino. They next one is at home, next Tuesday. On Friday they have the league bye. El Molino has the league bye today.
Petaluma plays its first game in which they are not the No. 1 team in the YSN365.com rankings, when they travel to Healdsburg, which starts at 7 pm. The No. 3 seed plays two 7 pm games this week. On Friday, they are at Sonoma Valley.
Three teams tied for first, with three more in a virtual tie for second, one game back in the loss column. Two of the games feature first vs. second place teams, with No. 2 Rancho Cotate at Ukiah and No. 5 Santa Rosa at Windsor.
The other team tied for first is No. 3 Maria Carrillo, who hosts Casa Grande. The other game is No. 8 Cardinal Newman at Montgomery.
It was a defining week for everything last week. It is that for Cardinal Newman and Ukiah this week, as they are both playing games for the first of three straight days. The next two are against each other, as they make up a rain game on Wednesday in Ukiah. On Thursday, they meet at Cardinal Newman.
Also on Thursday, Rancho Cotate hosts Maria Carrillo.
No. 1 Petaluma has the league bye. No. 7 Sonoma Valley and No. 9 Analy are two games out and both are in action with Sonoma Valley at Elsie Allen and Analy hosting Healdsburg.
The other game is El Molino at Piner. Piner is 3-3, which is the most league games they have won since 2008, when they were in the North Bay League and went 4-10.
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