Casa Grande's Gauchos held on for their sixth straight win without a defeat Saturday, defeating Dublin, 4-3.
Eric Parnow pitched five strong innings, striking out nine and allowing only one earned run. His defense let him down in the fifth inning, making three errors and allowing Dublin to score two unearned runs to cut the Gaucho lead to 4-3.
In the seventh inning, with Justin Toavs pitching, Parnow made a great throw from center field to nail a Dublin runner at second base. The next Dublin batter singled with a hit that would have scored the tying run had Parnow not nailed the runner at second.
Matt McCamish pitched a perfect sixth inning for the Gauchos.
Austin Garatti led Casa at the plate with two hits, including the game-winning two-out double in the fifth inning.
Taylor Gomez had an RBI single and Nate Bills a run-producing sacrifice fly in a two-run Casa Grande first inning.
Freshman Spencer Torkelson continues to be impressive. The third baseman had another hit Saturday. In six games, he is batting .467 with six walks, a .636 on-base percentage a .533 slugging percentage and no strikeouts.
St. Vincent High School's Mustangs slugged their way to their first win of the season, clubbing Middletown, 9-3.
St. Vincent put the game away early, scoring four runs in the first inning on a double by George Sammon, Max Cowell's sacrifice fly, a single by Sky Doble, a double by Dom Pedersen, a walk and Brandon Evans' two-run single.
Cowell, Doble and Pedersen each had two hits for St. Vincent.
Pedersen pitched three strong innings for the win, allowing no runs and two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Cowell pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit and a walk with five strikeouts. At one point, he retired eight batters in a row.
The Mustangs came back with an exciting 4-3 win over Lick-Wilmerding, rallying for three runs in the last of the seventh inning.
Liam Galten capped the winning rally with a two-out double that drove home the tying run, with the winning tally coming home on an outfield error. Evans started the Mustang rally with a base hit. Walks to Nico DeTorres and Cowell loaded the bases, but two strikeouts had the Mustangs down to their last out when Galten blasted a double to left to tie the game with Cowell hustling home with the game winner on an error by the left fielder.
The hit was Galten's second of the game. Patrick Garcia also had a pair of hits for the Mustangs.
Galten pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing all three Lick-Wilmerding runs and six hits, walking one and striking out five. Doble earned the win in relief, shutting the visitors out on two hits over the final three innings. He walked none and struck out one.
Hunter Williams hurled Petaluma to a 2-1 win over Maria Carrillo. The junior pitched all seven innings, scattering eight hits and giving up just one run while walking three and striking out two.
Petaluma had just five hits off Maria Carrillo's Peter Hoge, but made a two-run third-inning rally stand good with Williams' pitching and a strong defense.
Taylor Richardson led the Trojans with two hits and an RBI. Cameron Meyers doubled. in a run.