Christy, Thomsen, Baumgarten league MVPs

Exceptional seasons by Petaluma-area high school baseball and softball teams have been acknowledged by a multitude of all-league honors, including five Player of the Year awards.

Casa Grande High School's Francis Christy was selected Player of the Year in North Bay League baseball. St. Vincent's Dusty Oliver and Alex Neve shared Most Valuable Player honors in North Central League II baseball. Petaluma High Schools Dana Thomsen was Most Valuable Player in Sonoma County League softball and St, Vincent's Ursyla Baumgarten received similar honors in the North Central League II.

NBL Baseball

Francis Christy, a senior, had a huge senior season in helping Casa Grande win the North Bay League championship in its first year in the league. For his efforts he was chosen the NBL Player of the Year. He hit .423 with 41 hits in 30 games, scored 30 runs and knocked in 19. He was the only Gaucho to hit a home run and he slugged six. He also led the team with 11 stolen bases. In addition, he was an outstanding defensive catcher who specialized in picking off base runners.

Joining Christy on the All-NBL first team were outfielders Richard Lile, Charlie Parnow and Iggy Llorence; and pitchers Anthony Bender and Eric Parnow.

Lile, a junior, batted .275 with 19 hits in 27 games, including a pair of doubles. Charlie Parnow, a senior, was one of the best defensive outfielders in the Redwood Empire. He batted .277 with 28 hits in 30 games, including four doubles and a pair of triples. He drove in 19 runs to match Christy for the team high. Llorence, a senior, batted .400 with 26 hits in 23 games, including five doubles and a triple. He drove in 11 runs.

Bender, a senior, had a 10-1 record with a 1.11 earned run average. He struck out 60 and walked just 19 in 56.2 innings. An outstanding defensive shortstop when he wasn't pitching, he batted .320 with 33 hits in 30 games, ripping 10 doubles and a triple, while driving in 10 runs. Sophomore Eric Parnow served primarily as the Casa Grande closer. He had a 6-0 record with five saves and a 1.12 earned run average. In 50 innings, he struck out 65 and walked just 19,

Casa Grande sophomore third baseman Casey Longaker, junior first baseman Nate Bills, senior outfielder Zack Shimek and junior pitcher Dominic Garihan received honorable mention notice.

Casa Grande's Paul Maytornea was the Coach of the Year after guiding the Gauchos to the NBL championship and into the North Coast Section Division II championship game. Casa was 13-1 in the NBL and 27-3 overall. Included in its record was a 21-game winning streak. It won 15 games by a single run.

Also named to the All-League first team were outfielders Jared Lablue of Montgomery, Erik Owenson of Cardinal Newman, Alex Roeser of Cardinal Newman and Ryan Walsh of Rancho Cotate; infielders Ridge Etchell of Cardinal Newman, Troy Kennedy of Windsor, Jake Scheiner of Maria Carrillo, Andrew Vaughn of Maria Carrillo, Michael Walker of Santa Rosa and Mitchell West of Montgomery; first basemen George Foster of Cardinal Newman and Zach Scott of Maria Carrillo; catchers Ryan Haugh of Rancho Cotate and Josh Lenney of Montgomery; utility players Peter Hoge of Maria Carrillo and Mitchell Wilhelmsen of Carindal Newman; and pitchers Connor Littleton of Rancho Cotate, Jeff Piver of Ukiah, Anthony Prince of Montgomery, James Proctor of Cardinal Newman and Alex Rennard of Maria Carrillo.

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