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.

SCL baseball

The senior leaders of the Petaluma High Trojan team were named to the first-team All-Sonoma County League baseball team. Chosen to the select team were infielder Blake Patrick, outfielder Corey Echols, catcher Austin Thomason, pitcher Scott Hilbert and utility player Jaymes Potts.

Shortstop Patrick batted .370 with 34 hits in 26 games. He had nine doubles and thee triples, driving in nine runs. Echols, an outstanding defensive outfielder, batted .356 with 21 hits in 22 games, including three doubles and a triple. Thomason, who was a mainstay behind the plate, hit .315 with 23 hits in 24 games. He had three doubles and one of two home runs hit by the Trojans, driving in 13 runs. Potts, who pitched and played several other positions, batted .275 with 22 hits in 26 games. He had six doubles, three triples and drove in 12 runs. As a pitcher he had a tough-luck 3-7 won-lost record, but an outstanding 2.62 earned run average. He struck out 32 in 53 innings.

Hilbert had a deceiving 5-4 won-lost record with a sparkling 1.15 earned run average. He also had a save. In 73 innnings, he struck out 74 and walked just 29. An outstanding hitter who played first base when he wasn't pitching, he batted .338 with 26 hits in 26 games, including a team high 10 doubles and a home run. He drove in 13 runs.

Sophomore outfielder Austin Gabbert, who came up to the varsity late in the season; sophomore pitcher/first baseman Hunter Williams; and senior Tommy Quinn, who missed the latter part of the season with an injury, all received honorable mention notice.

Petaluma finished the season with a 13-13 record, but was a solid 9-3 in SCL play.

Named to the first team were infielders Dan Deely of Sonoma, Sam Wells of Analy and Jonah Son of Sonoma; outfielders Vince Albano of Sonoma and Bryan Lococo of Piner; and pitchers Jimmy Flatt of Sonoma, Garrett Hill of Analy, Joe Wagner of Analy and Dominic Grillo of Piner; and designated hitter Ricky Thokle-Sample of Analy.

Analy senior Darin Newman was selected Player of the Year and Analy's Jeff Ogston was Coach of the Year.

NCL II baseball

St. Vincent juniors Alex Neve and Dusty Oliver shared honors as Co-Most Valuable Players for North Central League II baseball.

Neve was chosen St. Vincent's Player of the Year. He led the team in batting average (.458), hits (33), doubles (eight), sacrifice flies (four), pitching wins (six), pitching appearances (13) and games started (eight). He had a 2.25 earned run avarage with 29 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 37.1 innings. Oliver hit .441 with 30 hits, three doubles, four triples and two home runs. He drove in 33 runs. As a pitcher, he won six games without a loss with a 0.65 earned run average. He pitched 43 innings, with 49 strikeouts and 20 walks.

Named to the first team from the league champion Mustangs were infielders Max Cowell, junior; Will Nevin, sophomore; George Sammon, sophomore; and outfielder Arman Yektaparast, senior.

Cowell, a transfer who joined the team late and made an immediate impact, hit .415 in 15 games, with six doubles and eight RBIs. Nevin batted .373 with 22 hits in 22 games. He hit a double and a triple and drove in 11 runs. Sammon, who played just about everywhere for the Mustangs, batted .407 with 24 hits in 23 games, including seven doubles. He drove in 18 runs. Yektaparast, an outstanding defensive outfielder, hit .385 with two doubles, four triples and a team-high four home runs. He drove in 22 runs.

Sophomore catcher Dominic Pedersen received honorable mention notice.

St. Vincent finished with a 19-5 record, winning the North Central League II championship with a 9-1 record.

Juan Avalos, a senior infielder/pitcher; Jacob Brady, a junior center fielder/pitcher; Morgan Giamonna a senior pitcher/infielder; and Brennan Potts, a senior infielder earned first-team honors for Tomales.

Avalos hit .373 with 19 hits in 19 games, including four doubles. He drove in 19 runs. Brady was an outstanding defensive player, who hit .406 with 26 hits in 19 games. He hit seven doubles and two triples, driving in 16 runs. Giamonna was the main Tomales pitcher, going 7-4 with a 2.41 earned run average. In 64 innings, he struck out 57 and walked 31. At the plate, he hit a loud ,259 with 15 hits in 19 games. Potts led the regular Brave players with a .424 batting average that included 25 hits in 19 games with three doubles and 11 RBIs.

Tomales was 12-7 overall, but charged at the end of the season to win the North Coast Section Division V championship. It was the first NCS baseball championship in the school's history.

The rest of the All-NCL II first team include Austin Albertson, Dean De La Montanya, Luke Martin and Steve Stack from Sonoma Academy; Jared Wade from Upper Lake; and Sam Braden from Calistoga.

NBL softball

Casa Grande High's outstanding softball infielder Lisa Nadell became the first Lady Gaucho ever named to an All-North Bay League softball first team when she was picked to the select team in Casa's first year in the NBL. While playing outstanding defense, Nadell led the team with a .466 batting average, 34 hits in 23 games, two home runs and 17 RBIs.

Senor Courtney Ludlow, who was a second-team choice, did just about everything for Casa. She hit .458 with 33 hits in 33 games, led he team with nine doubles and three triples and drove in 16 runs. She pitched in 23 of her team's 24 games, going 14-9 with a 2.85 earned run average. In 157 innings, she struck out 156 and walked 62. Junior outfielder Sara Langdon, a .392 hitter, was also picked to the second team, while outstanding defensive catcher Carli Reinard, a senior who hit .338, was a wildcard pick.

Casa Grande was 13-11 overall and finished with an 8-6 record in its first year in the North Bay League.

Robin Johnson, Maria Carrillo's outstanding pitcher, was selected the NBL's Most Valuable Player.

The entire Maria Carrillo coaching staff was picked Coach of the Year.

Named to the All-NBL first team were pitcher Kazja Faagata-Averbuck of Rancho Cotate and Denia Vera of Santa Rosa; catcher Angelica Terrel of Windsor and Hannah Chew of Maria Carrillo; infielders Mikaela Francis of Maria Carrillo, Brittney Veler of Maria Carrillo, Vickie Espinoza of Rancho Cotate, Katie Rohrer of Rancho Cotate, Kristine Riccoa of Rancho Cotate; outfielders Taylor Haug of Rancho Cotate, Keilani Fonda of Rancho Cotate, Taylor Morris of Ukiah and Megan August of Maria Carrillo; and utility players Alison Wendler of Santa Rosa and Becca Steiner of Windsor.


Dana Thomsen capped off an outstanding career at Petaluma High School by being named the Sonoma County League's Most Valuable Player. The right-hander was perhaps the most dominant pitcher in the Redwood Empire and one of the best in the state, going 17-1 with a .177 earned run average. She struck out 145 and walked just 16 in 118 innings. An outstanding all-around player, she batted .391 with 27 hits in 27 games, including seven doubles and 16 RBIs.

Chosen from the league champion T-Girls to the All-SCL first team were senior Gina Barnacle, sophomore Brianna Gerhardt and sophomore Joelle Krist. Barnacle pitched and played first base. She batted .423, belting 33 hits in 25 games, with four doubles, three triples and a home run. She drove in 19 runs. As a pitcher, she was 3-0 with a .179 earned run average. She struck out 26 and walked only three in 28 innings. Gerhardt was spectacular. She played both catcher and shortstop, leading a team of hitters with a .423 batting average. Her 46 hits (in 27 games), seven doubles and two home runs were all team bests or tied for team bests. She also led the team with 21 RBIs, Krist, the regular second baseman, matched Gerhardt's two home runs, while batting .500 with 36 hits in 26 games. She led the team with nine doubles and also hit a triple, while driving in 18 runs.

Sophomore Katy Bisges (.410), senior Nicole Weicks (.482) and sophomore Meghan DeCoite (.313) were chosen to the second team. Sophomore Miranda Swanson (.328) and sophomore Taylor Kerrigan (.412) received honorable mention notice.

Petaluma had an outstanding 26-2 record, breezing to the SCL championship with a 12-0 mark.

Other members of the All-SCL first team were Amber Rose of Sonoma Valley, Julianna Gutierez of Sonoma Valley, Rosalina McClelland of Analy, Maria Ragusa of Analy, Madie Orega of Analy, Caitie Diedrich of Analy, Allison Lopez of Piner and Kayla Allen of El Molino.

NCL II softball

Put Urysla Baumgarten behind the plate and St. Vincent High School's Lady Mustangs win a North Coast Section championship. Move her to shortstop and the results are the same. Baumgarten had a great sophomore season as a catcher in 2012. She had an even better junior season as a shortstop in 2013, earning Most Valuable Player honors for the North Central League II. She averaged almost two hits a game, collecting 44 hits in 24 games. More than a third of her hits were for extra bases. Seven were doubles, five were triples and three were home runs. She was also outstanding defensively at her preferred position at shortstop.

Lady Mustangs selected to the first team were senior Morgan Selmi, sophomore Hannah Upton, sophomore Mary Cerf and junior Rainey Henry. Second baseman Selmi teamed with Baumgarten to give St. Vincent an outstanding up-the-middle infield defense. She also batted .456 with 31 hits in 22 games, five doubles, four triples and 13 RBIs. The slugging Upton led the team with 11 doubles, belted a home run and triple while batting .392. Cerf's emergence as a quality catcher allowed the move of Baumgarten to shortstop. Not only was she strong defensively, but also swung a strong bat with a .329 average, four doubles, a triple and a home run. Henry hit a loud .333 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs.

Sophomore Alexis Torres, a .352 hitter, received honorable mention notice.

Playing mostly larger schools during its pre-season, St. Vincent finished with a 17-8 overall mark, but breezed to the league championship with an 8-0 record and repeated as both league and North Coast Section Division 5 champions.

Tomales High's senior leaders also received all-league first team notice, with Kayla Furlong, Courtney Nygard and Christa Nygard named to the select team.

Furlong batted .439 with 18 hits that included two doubles, a triple and the team's only home run. Courtney Nygard hit .459 with four doubles and a triple, while Christa Nygard batted .500 in 10 games.

Sophomore Hailee Hawkins received honorable mention notice.

Tomales had a 5-7 record and was 3-5 in league play.

The remainder of the All-League first team included Danielle Martin of Calistoga, Lily Waggoner of Calistoga, Krystal Castillo of Calistoga, Jenna Franquelin of Calistoga, Vanessa Hanson of Upper Lake, Kelsey Pearl of Upper Lake and Adi Feickert of Rincon Valley Christian.