Sophomore pitcher Hunter Williams fashioned a neat five inning shutout over visiting El Molino and the suddenly resurgent Petaluma Trojans rolled to an 11-0 win over the Lions on Friday afternoon.
Williams allowed only three hits, but faced only one over the minimum in shutting down the Lions. One base runner was thrown out at second by catcher Austin Thomason and a quick double play up the middle started by smooth-fielding shortstop Blake Patrick helped to cut down both offensive threats in the quickly played contest.
In four of their five trips to the plate the Lions were sent down in order by Williams. who appeared to have all of his pitches working. Five of six El Molino batters were swinging strikeout victims. Williams lowered his impressive earned average to 2.38.
The win was the sixth in its last seven tries by Petaluma as the Trojans have rebounded well from a discouraging 1-7 start to begin the season. Four of their early defeats were by one run.
Williams was staked to all the offense he would need as Petaluma put five runs on the scoreboard on its first at bat. A two-RBI single by Corey Echols and two hits in the same inning by leadoff hitter Patrick highlighted the frame.
Patrick opened the game with a loud triple to left field off El Molino starter Gonzalo Santibanez. He has now put together a 12-game hitting streak for the Trojans as they improve to 7-8 overall.
The Trojans scored all their runs in the first and third innings and batted only four times in the shortened contest. Williams had a big hand in things with three hits and two runs scored. The part-time outfielder now has 13 hits at mid-season.
Jaymes Potts chipped in with a couple of singles and two RBI's for the Trojans. Echols also had a pair of singles before leaving the game in the top of the fourth. Petaluma finished with 12 hits in the contest.
The last place Lions have now lost eight of their last nine games, and have a scoreless streak of 19 innings.
Baxter Ming, hitting in the third hole for El Molino, rapped out two singles but he was quickly erased both times on the bases by the defense of the Trojans.
Petaluma improves to 4-0 in the Sonoma County League and the Trojans remain in first place after three previous wins on the road including a night game win at Sonoma Valley.
Coach Paul Cochran's Petaluma club will take a major step up in competition on Wednesday afternoon when the Trojans travel to Brentwood to face Division I power Heritage. The Patriots roll into that contest with a two-game winning streak after defeating both Concord and California in the Willie Stargel Invitational.
Heritage finished one game behind Deer Valley in the very strong Bay Valley League last season.
The next Sonoma County League game for Petaluma will be on Friday when they host second-place Piner in the first of two contests with the Prospectors.