Saturday, December 29, 2012

Local roundup: Cabrillo baseball team snaps 21-game losing streak

Tony Austin hit a double and a triple, drove in four runs and scored once as Cabrillo College's baseball team ended a 21-game losing streak with a 7-3 Coast Conference win over visiting Mission on Thursday.

Pitcher James Smith scattered 10 hits in his complete-game outing. He allowed two earned runs while striking out two batters and walking one.

Cabrillo finished with 13 hits. Jordan Scott was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Garrek Kersten had a double, two hits and scored twice, Michael Gerlach had two RBIs and Marshall Garcia scored twice.

It was the Seahawks' first win since a 9-5 decision over Hartnell on March 9.

The Seahawks [5-30 overall, 2-22 Coast Conference] are in last place in the Pacific Division. Mission [5-28, 3-21] is last in the Golden Gate Division.

Cabrillo closes the season at home Friday against Hartnell at 2 p.m.


Sam Thorne hit a solo home run and a double and finished with two RBIs as Monte Vista Christian beat host Seaside 12-9 in a windy Monterey Bay League game.

Andy Muller [4-2 overall, 3-0 MBL] went four innings for the win. Teammate Greg Burns picked up his second save this season.

Adam Daich was 3-for-4 with a double and Burns added three hits.

MVC improves to 14-7, 9-2. Seaside falls to 9-12-1, 5-6.

San Lorenzo Valley outlasted Santa Cruz

3-2 in a 11-inning battle between two Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League teams.

The Cougars' Rick Alves led off the bottom of the 11th with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and later scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Zach Settles.

Tyler Gilbert picked up the win in relief, pitching four hitless innings. Zach Settles started, going seven innings and allowing one earned run. Collin Ferguson started for the Cardinals and allowed two earned runs over seven innings.

SLV [9-8, 3-5 SCCAL] plays today at home against Harbor at 4 p.m. Santa Cruz [10-11, 5-3] plays at Scotts Valley at 4 p.m.

Watsonville narrowly lost 4-3 to MBL co-leader Monterey in 10 innings.

Nolan Rackley pitched the final two innings for Watsonville [1-9 MBL]. He allowed one earned run and took the loss, while striking out five batters.

Paul Lecce hit 2-for-4 with a double for the Toreadores, who improve to 9-2 in league and currently sit atop the MBL standings with MVC.

Michael Smith pitched eight innings, and hit a home run for the Wildcatz, who play at MVC at 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Kelly Linkletter went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and a run scored as Santa Cruz beat host St. Francis 14-0 in SCCAL play.

Samantha Rogers picked up the win for the Cardinals [1-4 SCCAL], giving up one hit without walking any batters in five innings.

Laura Pezzini had the only hit for the Sharks [1-6 SCCAL].

Alyssa Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Santa Cruz, and Jade Lowery added two RBIs and scored three runs. Audrey Smith went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run for the Cardinals, who host Harbor at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Breana Kostreba went 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored to help visiting Aptos hand Soquel its first loss in SCCAL play 5-2.

Pitcher Angela Martin picked up the win for the Mariners [6-1 SCCAL] giving up one earned run and walking no batters over seven innings.

Sydney Hall and Katelyn Robb each went 2-for-3 for the Knights [7-1 SCCAL].

Jackie Antuna went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Mariners, who play next at Valley Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday in a nonleague game.

Jillian Balli pitched a full game with six strikeouts and giving up two walks, but Watsonville came up short against visiting Monterey 2-1 in an MBL game.

Teresa Medrano went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple for Watsonville while teammate Felicia Balli added a double of her own. Alekxis Mondragon added 2-for-3 hitting for the Wildcatz, who host Seaside at 4 p.m. Monday.


Aptos ran away with the victory in its SCCAL meet against Scotts Valley 98-40.

The Mariners [6-0] had a pair of multi-event winners: Marissa Ferrante won the 1,600-meter race [5 minutes, 7.40 seconds] and the 3,200 [11:44], and Jessica Mattos won the discus with a toss of 92 feet, 5 inches and the shot put [28-3].

Soquel and visiting Santa Cruz picked up wins in an SCCAL tri-meet.

The Cardinals beat SLV 88-39 and St. Francis 112-2, and Soquel beat Harbor 83-35.

Elle Sanders won the 1,600 [5:23] and the 800 [2:24.67] and teammate Emily Hightower won the 100 hurdles [17.32] and the 300 hurdles [49.85].

Bonny Rivers of Harbor won the 200 [26.51] and the long jump [18-6?].


Aptos and visiting Scotts Valley tied 68-68 in the teams' SCCAL regular-season finale.

Mitch Moriarty and Sean Goetzel both won two events for the Mariners. Moriarty won the 1,600 [15.44] and the 800 [2:02.66].

Goetzel won the 110 hurdles [15.44] and the 300 hurdles [41.47].

Scotts Valley's Alex Weitzel won both the triple jump [41-3?] and the pole vault [12-6].

Santa Cruz dominated in a quad-meet with St. Francis, SLV, Soquel and Harbor.

The Cardinals beat SLV 79-56 and St. Francis 110-18 while Soquel tied with Harbor 61-61.

Taylor Kientzel, a Cardinal senior, won the long jump [22-2?] and the triple jump [42-2?]. Teammate Daoud Anthony won the 100 [11.31] and the 200 [11.31], and Caleb Rabadan won the 110 hurdles [16.03] and the 300 hurdles [41.40].

SLV's Allan Hetke won the 1,600 [4:32.72] and the 800 [2:02.70].


Priscilla Meza, a former Watsonville High and Cabrillo College player, is trying out for the Mexican national team this week at Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City.

A 5-foot-9 midfielder and defender, Meza tried out for representatives from Mexico two months ago in San Jose and was extended an invitation to tryouts on April 21.

Things are going well for Meza, her personal coach Hillel Rom said Thursday, noting Meza will travel with the team for a short tour of Japan next week. Meza will return to Watsonville on May 12.

"I think she's got a better shot at making this team than she did the last one," said Rom, referring to Meza's tryout with FC Gold Pride last year. "She's tall, taller than most girls in Mexico, she's strong, has a great shot and is a year older."


St. Francis High senior Jacob Miller, a standout running back and linebacker who was named to the 2009 Sentinel All-County team, has committed to play at University of Redlands next season. Redlands is an NCAA Division III program.


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