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Casa Grande gets early jump on Maria Carrillo

In Casa Grande's opening game of the North Bay League on Wednesday, the Gauchos relied on a timely double in the first inning, strong starting pitching and solid defense to ring up a hard-fought 3-2 win at Maria Carrillo.

It was the second win for Casa Grande (10-1, 1-0) over Maria Carrillo (7-4, 0-2) in less than a week as the Gauchos defeated the Pumas 8-1 in the Adam Wescott Tournament at Casa Grande last Friday.

"To beat the same team twice in five days is a hard thing to do," Casa Grande coach Paul Maytorena said. "This was a quality win against a very good team."

Casa Grande jumped on Maria Carrillo starter Alec Rennard (4-2) in the first inning. Francis Christy led off with a double for the Gauchos followed by a walk and an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. Nate Bills then crushed an opposite-field double to right-center on an 0-2 pitch to plate two runs for a 2-0 Casa Grande lead.

"It was a fastball right down the middle of the plate, belt-high. I just made sure I didn't drop my hands," Bills said of the Rennard offering. "I was expecting a fastball low and away or a curveball in the dirt."

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