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April 22, 2021

Weekly Roundup, 3/6: Catz pounce on Mariners in softball season opener

Anastacia Alba helped the Watsonville High softball team kick off the season with a bang with a smashing win Wednesday.

The Junior infielder finished with three hits, two home runs–including a grand slam–, seven RBI and four runs scored in an 18-0 road win against Aptos High.

The game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.

Sophomore Marissa Martinez also hit two home runs and sophomore Rylee Gomez also homered as the defending CCS D-I finalist put an early end to the game.

Martinez had a walk, three hits, four RBI, and scored twice, while Gomez had three hits, a walk, three RBI and three runs scored.

Freshman Abreanna Alba had three hits and scored three runs for the Wildcatz (1-0), who will host the Wildcatz Softball Tournament this weekend.

Ada Neu, who last season led the Mariners to the CCS D-II semifinals as the No. 10 seed, took the loss.

Aptos will try to bounce back against Pacific Grove on Saturday at noon.

St. Francis 13, Santa Cruz 1: Audrey Hernandez drove in four runs as the Sharks won their non-league game Wednesday.

Sophomore pitcher Alicia Mendez picked up her second win this season. She threw five innings, striking out eight and giving up one hit.

Sabrina Noto had a triple and three runs scored, while Angie Heredia had a single, a double and triple. 

Mendez picked up a shutout win as St. Francis High crushed Monte Vista Christian, 10-0 in non-league action on Tuesday. 

She struck out 11 batters and gave up one hit in five innings pitched. 

Claire Cagnacci hit a three-run home run, while Heredia hit a two-run blast to help Adam Noto get a win in his debut as the Sharks’ head coach.

St. Francis (2-0) plays at Archbishop Mitty (0-1) in San Jose on Tuesday.

HS baseball

Aptos 5, Los Altos 3: Freshman Gabe Gaeckle threw four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out six batters. 

Luke Keaschall hit a two-run double, Casey Bailey had two hits and Andrew Fernandez had two hits, an RBI and run scored.

Sophomore Nathaniel Brouse gave up two earned runs with two strikeouts in three innings of work.

Aptos (1-0) hosts defending CCS D-III finalist Monte Vista Christian (2-0) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Watsonville 7, Pacheco 1: Sophomore Dom Hernandez threw a complete-game two-hitter and stick out 12 batters Saturday.

Nick Gonzales led the Catz offensively with two hits. Richie Ortiz and Isaac Vargas each scored two runs. Adam Dodge had two RBI. Abraham Bonilla and Jake Parker each had a RBI.

Boys volleyball

Pajaro Valley 3, Scotts Valley 0: The Grizzlies defeated the Falcons in three sets, 25-17, 27-25, 25-21, in non-league action Wednesday. 

Dennar Ocampo finished with 26 assists, five aces, three digs and 14 points on the serve.

Esteban Fernandez had 13 kills and two points on block, while Marcos Arreola 13 points on serve, six kills, five digs and four aces.

Christian Quintero contributed nine kills for Pajaro Valley, which plays next at Palma on March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

College baseball

Cabrillo 21, at Gavilan 3: Ivan Perez had four hits, including a pair of doubles, and five RBI as the Seahawks opened Coast Conference South Division play with a smashing win against the Rams on Tuesday.

JoJo Vargas, a Watsonville High alumnus, had three RBI and three runs scored. 

Daniel Miranda had two hits and two RBI, while RIley Wingerson had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. 

Anthony Karagiannopoulos had a triple, two RBI and a run scored.

The Seahawks (10-7, 1-0) play at Gavilan (3-13, 0-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.


Noble-Moreno Boxing to offer Parkinson’s Disease classes: The Noble-Moreno Boxing gym, owned and operated by Carina Moreno and Rick Noble, announced it helped join the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.

They teamed with Rock Steady Boxing and Santa Cruz County Parkinson’s Group to provide boxing instruction and training to those impacted by the effects of the disease.

Classes begin March 9 at the gym located at 537 E. Lake St. They’ll be held three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 9:30-11 a.m.

The cost is $130.00 per month with a one-time membership fee of $50.00. Class sizes will be limited so early registration is encouraged. Call (831) 322-8513 or email [email protected] for information. 


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