The North Salinas and Carmel softball teams locked up in a pitcher’s dual on Monday afternoon in Carmel with the Vikings coming away with a 3-1 win in nine innings.
The game was scoreless through six innings and 1-1 going into the ninth inning where North Salinas plated two runs.
Kaitlyn Doyle picked up the win in the circle and was aided by fine defensive play’s from Kaitlyn Shipman in left field, Megan Brents and Jordyn Enos in center. North Salinas (6-4) opens league play Thursday at home against Christopher.
For the Carmel (3-5) Brittany File struck out 12 and Brooke Vierra and Nicole Caoili had two hits each.
Alvarez 2, Watsonville 1 (8 innings): At Watsonville, Watsonville pitcher Chris Rivera was one strike away from a perfect game before Alvarez managed to scratch together two runs and leave town with the win.
In the top of the seventh, Andrew Garcia became the first Eagle to reach base on a single. He stole second and scored on an error to tie it at 1-1.
The Eagles got out of a jam in the bottom half of the inning to push the game into extras.
In the top of the eighth, Alvarez got the winning run on via a walk.
That runner stole second and after a batter was hit by pitch, Lorenzo Perez scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice. Alvarez (3-6-1, 3-4 MBL Pacific) had just one hit.
Alvarez’s Fernando Aguillon went all eight innings, striking out four and scattering five hits. The two teams meet again Wednesday at Alvarez.
Seaside 16, North Monterey County 9: At North Monterey County, the Spartans swiped 14 bases and Maxx Usrey earned the save, hit a triple, stole two bases and batted in two runs.
Although the Condors posted the first run in the opening inning, Seaside scored eight runs in the second inning and as a team tallied five doubles and two triples.
For North Monterey County, Nick Samudio was 3-for-5 and scored a run. Seaside (8-2, 5-0 MBL Pacific) on Wednesday hosts the Condors.
Alisal 3, Pajaro Valley 1: At Alisal, the Trojans pulled ahead of the Grizzlies in the fourth inning. to give Lorenzo Novoa the win. Novoa struck out nine and gave up two hits.
Josiah Marquez drove in a run on sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Fernando Ramirez and Yael Cruz each had RBI base hits. Alisal (4-7, 1-4 MBL Pacific) on Wednesday travels to Pajaro Valley.
Carmel 7, Hollister 0: At Carmel, the Padres improved to 7-0 and 3-1 by sweeping the Haybalers. Carmel hosts York today.
Singles: Nick Garofono (C) def. Andrew Panger (H) 6-0, 6-1, Nick Combs (C) def. Sunny Singh (H) 6-2, 6-1, Nico Holloman (C) def. Nick Trillo (H) 6-0, 6-1, Rowen Hyland (C) def. Aaron Francis (H) 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles: Colin O’Grady / Jackson Trapin (C) def. Eric Diaz / Chris Godbout (H) 6-4, 6-1; Matt O’Grady / Harrison Whitaker (C) def. Rafa Alfaro (H) 6-1, 6-3; Sebastian Fulgar / Will Taylor (C) def. Jordon Kortsen / Andrew Regaludo (H) 6-2, 6-2.
Palma 6, Salinas 1: At Hartnell, the Chieftains (7-2) defeated the Cowboys for the second time this season.
Singles: Mitchell Huntington (P) def. Sebastian Pagano (S) 2-6, 6-1, 10-8; Christian Bengard (P) def. Courtland Evers (S) 6-1, 6-3; Tyler Batchelder (S) def. Casey Kory (P) 6-2, 6-4, and Justin Sampaolo (P) def. Matt Crae (S) 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles: Charles Kesecker/Henry Mirassou (P) def. Kieran Scandrett/Jonathan Park (S) 6-3, 6-1; Steven Johnsen/Christian Calinawan (P) def. Taylor Mandujano/Gerome Macaraeg (S) 6-0, 6-4, and Cord Given/Nick Ottone (P) def. Kupil Sinha/Jacob McDowell (S) 6-1, 6-1.
MBL Pacific Division
No. 3: At Salinas Golf and Country Club (par 36, back nine), the Eagles soared past the competition with a team score of 238.
Alisal was second (250), Gilroy third (267), North Salinas fourth (276) and North Monterey County fifth (292).
North Salinas’ Josh Perham earned medalist honors with ascore of 40.
Other low scores: Christian Ibadlit, Alvarez (41); Cesar Flores, North Salinas (42); Linus Graf, North County (43); Orlando Muñoz, Alisal (46); Brandon Ahlin, Alvarez (46); Nick Triolo, Gilroy (47).
Alvarez and Alisal have been No. 1 and No. 2, respectively through the first three division matches.
The next match is hosted by Alisal High School on April 9 at Salinas Fairways.