FELTON — The St. Francis C.C. Coastal Catholic Sharks overwhelmed the San Lorenzo Valley Cougars with their bats and then Jonathan Carmona lulled them to sleep with his pitching for an 8-3 win on Friday afternoon.
The Sharks (15-4, 7-0) jumped out to an early lead behind the bats of Calvin Anderson-Nakagawa and Dillon Houser, who were a combined 5-8 with four RBIs and three runs.
The two seniors both scored in the first inning. First Anderson-Nakagawa smashed a ball to the second baseman that had too much zip for Bryce Nunes to handle, bringing in Sahid Valenzuela for the game’s first run.
Then Houser stepped up to the plate and smacked a deep home run off of Tian Mirande to give the Sharks the three run advantage.
The Cougars kept pace with the Sharks as Billy Mullins hit a home run of his own in the first inning. The two-run shot brought the Cougars within one run.
Carmona, however, was not shaken and he went back to work. The junior got the next two outs to stop the bleeding.
Unlike the Cougars, the Sharks were just getting started offensively. In the next inning they scored three more runs.
The first came off of a Valenzuela single, his second of the day. Then Anderson-Nakagawa brought in another runner with an RBI single off his own. Finally David “Digger” Gugale hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Valenzuela and push the Shark lead to four runs.
The Cougars did score a run in the following at-bat off an error from Gugale, but with the bases loaded Carmona was able to make Mullins ground out to end the inning and keep a three run cushion.
Jacob Cardona added two more runs for insurance in the fifth inning. His single Brought in Houser and Nick Ciandro to stretch the Shark lead to five runs.
Carmona pitched a complete game and despite the early struggle he was solid. He allowed only three hits, two earned runs and five walks on 85 pitches.
Cardona finished the day a perfect 3-3 with two RBIs and a run. He also had an impressive double play from right field.
The win gave the Sharks a one and a half game lead over the Soquel Knights in SCCAL play.
The two teams are set to battle on Tuesday at St. Francis.
The Sharks have an exhibition game against Galena of Reno, Nevada today at St. Francis.
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