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Trojans knock off Montgomery

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

Petaluma finally put together a season best complete diamond performance to knock off host Montgomery, 7-2, on Friday afternoon to finish in third place in Motgomery's A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament.

The Trojans rebounded from a pedestrian split on a rain-delayed tournament opening day to handily defeat the highly rated Vikings with a combination of solid hitting, good defense and an excellent pitching performance by Scott Hilbert.

Hilbert took command early, and had all his pitches working as his teammates quickly struck for a 4-0 lead after three turns at bat. The senior right hander went the distance, allowing only five hits while striking out six. Outstanding plays by Cameron Meyers at second and Corey Echols in center field helped along the way.

One run scored by Montgomery came when a ball hit back through the middle bounced off the glove of a scrambling Hilbert.

Petaluma had plenty of offense with at least a hit in its first five turns at bat. Blake Patrick, Austin Thomason, Hunter Williams and Hilbert all contributed a pair of hits each for the Trojans, who led from the opening inning. Petaluma forced the action by running aggressively at every opportunity.

The Trojans (3-8) broke open a 4-1 contest in the top of the fourth inning, paced by doubles by the hot-hitting Patrick and Tom Quinn. Patrick had a notable tournament with a combined 6-10 effort as Petaluma captured two of three games.

Thomason played only two games, but left his prints on the encouraging showing by the Trojans with his work behind the plate. In addition to three hits, including a booming double in the first inning against Santa Rosa, the proactive catcher picked off three runners with quick throws to waiting infielders.

In the second inning Thomason converted a short ball in the dirt into an immediate out with a quick throw to second base. Twice he picked off runners to frustrate Santa Rosa in the opening game on Thursday.

“The infielders give me the sign on those plays and that gets things started,” he explained between games. “You do what you have to get those outs.”

Henry Stezner doubled to pace the Viking attack against Hilbert.

Analy 5, Petaluma 1

Petaluma had a challenging afternoon solving the offerings of Analy pitcher Garrett Hill, and fell to the Tigers, 5-1, in a second-round game at Doyle Park.

Hill was in complete control after the third inning when Analy took a 2-1 advantage with a single run off Petaluma starter Jaymes Potts. Hill struck out seven Trojan hitters in going the distance, and breezed through five frames retiring the side in order.

Darin Newman rapped a single to knock in the eventual game-winning tally to give the junior right hander the margin he needed. The Tigers finished with 10 hits in the game.

Petaluma scored its only run in the bottom of the second inning after Potts reached base on a one-out walk. Tommy Quinn followed with solid single, putting runners at first and second.

After a couple of pitches to Brandon Marweg, both runners were put in motion, and Marweg delivered a ground ball single past the rotating shortstop to plate the run.

Tiger catcher Grant St. Martin had a strong outing with three hits, including a pair of doubles to pace his team. St. Martin, hitting .353 going into the tournament, drove in two runs as Analy improved to 7-2 for the season. The Tigers went on to defeat Ukiah 4-3 in the championship game.

Petaluma threatened to make a game of it in the final inning when the Trojans loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate. A double by Potts down the right field line was followed by an infield single by Quinn off the glove of the shortstop. Pinch hitter Gabe Medina was hit with a pitch to create a coaches visit to the mound.

Hill settled down however and retired the side without any damage on a strikeout and a routine ground ball to first base.

In addition to getting two hits for the Trojans, Quinn turned in a notable play at third base when he snagged a bad hop on a sharply hit ball headed for left field and tossed to first for the out.

Petaluma 4, Santa Rosa 2

Patrick threw a complete-game gem to pace the Trojans to a 4-2 win over host Santa Rosa in the tournament opener on Thursday morning. Patrick was masterful in allowing only a couple of harmless hits in the final six innings.

Patrick was in a zone throughout the game, and finished strong with three perfect innings to earn the victory. The hardest hit ball of the game by the Panthers was a line drive up the middle that was caught on a diving catch by Quinn at short.

The first game of the tournament was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was washed out when a steady rain made the Panther diamond unplayable.

Santa Rosa grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first inning when Gino Vanuchi punched a singled into right field off Patrick scoring both runs. That turned out to be the entire Panther offense for the day.

Petaluma responded with three runs in the top of the second inning to give Patrick the margin he needed. RBI doubles by Patrick and Meyers highlighted the big frame.

Panther reliever Tano Garza completely silenced the Trojan bats in the final five innings with a variety of curve ball offerings at different speeds.

Trojan catcher Thomason had a solid game defensively, picking off a pair of runners. His throw to first resulted in a run down tag for an out in the second inning. Thomason came back to surprise a runner at second between pitches, and he threw a strike over the mound to erase a scoring threat in the sixth.

Patrick led the Trojans with three hits from his leadoff position. Hunter Williams chipped in with a pair of singles.

Santa Rosa got 15 players into the lineup in an effort to get something going offensively.

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