One team was the favorite for the league championship, the other won it.  That is the matchup for the NBL post season softball championship game when Rancho Cotate meets Ukiah on Thursday at 4 pm.  The game will be played at Santa Rosa High School.
Both teams used big innings to advance.  League champion Ukiah scored five in the fourth take control in a 7-0 win over Maria Carrillo.  Three players drove in two runs.  That was plenty for Delaney Kindopp, who pitched a three hit shutout to raise her record to 16-1.  It was her second shutout in three games.
Rancho Cotate’s big inning was the sixth and they needed it.  A seven run sixth gave them a 10-3 win over Montgomery. Katie Rohrer had the big hit with a grand slam that broke the 3-3 tie.  It was Rohrer’s seventh homer of the season.
The two teams split the two games they play this season.  Rancho Cotate won 3-0 on March 24th.  Since then Ukiah has won seventeen straight.
Today is the first round of the NBL baseball post season tournament.  League champion Casa Grande hosts Ukiah and Maria Carrillo travels to Cardinal Newman.  Both games are at 4 pm.
SCL
While both the NBL plays both of their semi-finals on the same day, the SCL splits things up.  Day one belonged to the league champions .
In baseball, Sonoma Valley scored two in the fifth to edge Piner 3-2.  A MacLean Meyn single drove in the game winner. It is Meyn’s team high 20th RBI of the season.  Max Yankovich tossed complete game to raise his record to 6-1.
Sonoma Valley is actually a co-champion, sharing the title with Petaluma.  They are in action tonight meeting Analy. The winner will meet Sonoma Valley in the championship game on Thursday.  All the games in the tournament are at Arnold Field in Sonoma at 7 pm.
On the softball side, Petaluma cruised to the league championship and cruised to a round one win.  A ten run fourth put on the finishing touches of a 17-1 win over Piner.  Petaluma will meet the winner of today’s Sonoma Valley-Analy game. All the SCL softball tournament games are at Petaluma High School with a first pitch at 4 pm.
NCL WORLD
Clear Lake wrapped up its perfect regular season.  The Cardinals defeated Middletown 12-3 to go to 24-0 on the season.
The NCL II baseball race will be decided on Friday as the St. Vincent-Sonoma Academy game for the NCL II baseball championship is set.
Sonoma Academy defeated Upper Lake 6-0.  Three pitchers combined for a no-hitter and struck out 17.  Upper Lake had one base runner, which was in the first.  Sonoma Academy pitchers retired the last 19 batters they faced.  Dylan De La Montanya got the win to raise his record to 10-2.
St. Vincent defeated Rincon Valley Christian 5-1. Dominic Pedersen went 5 1/3 innings, striking out ten to raise his record to 10-1.
St. Vincent will meet Sonoma Academy for the NCL II title on Friday at Doyle Park at 7PM.  In the first meeting Sonoma Academy took a 3-2 eight inning win.  It is the first time in school history that Sonoma Academy defeated St. Vincent.
Not as much luck on the softball side of things, getting games in or getting results.
Clear Lake was supposed to meet St. Vincent in a non-league regular season finale between two Division 5 teams that will be in the NCS playoff.  The game wasn’t played because the umpires didn’t show up.
Both teams may still have to play a league championship game.
Clear Lake is waiting on Cloverdale, whose home game with Middletown was postponed until today.  A Cloverdale win and the NCL I championship will be decided at Clear Lake on Saturday.  If Middletown wins, Clear Lake is champion.
St. Vincent may have a NCL II championship game at Calistoga.  That is if Calistoga wins its final regular season game against Upper Lake.  That game was scheduled last Friday, then moved to Tuesday.  No word on if the game was played or the results.  If Upper Lake wins that game, St. Vincent is league champion.
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