Dragon boys blanked by Casa in baseball, girls rout El Mo in softball, boy golfers fall at Windsor
Sonoma’s Sam Keechler makes a sliding catch in left field during the Dragons’ shutout SCL loss to Casa Grande Tuesday afternoon at Arnold Field.
While Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity baseball boys struggled to get hits at home, the varsity softball girls unleashed a hit-a-thon on the road and the two teams finished with split results in their Tuesday afternoon Sonoma County League games.
Playing their longtime league rival at their Arnold Field home, with their ace on the mound and riding a three-game win streak to open the SCL season, seemed to distinctly favor Sonoma’s baseball boys.
But what is seemed, and what is realized, don’t always coincide, which is what happened to the Dragons and their top pitcher, senior Sam Alton, who were out-dueled by Casa Grande and its strong southpaw Alex Perez to the tune of 2-0 loss.
While Alton scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked just one, the visiting Gauchos manufactured their two earned runs by twice executing perfectly placed sacrifice bunts in between base-hits.
As for Alton getting offensive support, he didn’t get any, with Sonoma mustering only two hits, both by sophomore Brennan Cole, and suffering its first SCL loss.
The Dragons, who played nonleague Northgate yesterday – results not available at presstime – travel to Sebastopol today to face league foe Analy, before returning to host defending SCL champion Petaluma at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, April 19, at Arnold Field.
With only a 2-1 lead after a slow start in Forestville, Sonoma’s softball girls supported junior Megan McNeilly’s winning pitching effort by putting on a hit parade that led to five runs in the top of the fifth inning and four more runs in the top of the seventh en route to an 11-1 SCL rout of El Molino.
Leading Sonoma were McNeilly’s complete-game six-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks to go with her two singles; sophomore Riley Ellis-Reis’ two doubles and four RBIs; sophomore Ashley Vail’s two doubles and three RBIs; junior Anna Stewart’s two singles and two RBIs; senior Mia Stornetta’s double, single and RBI; sophomore Tali Soroker’s two singles and an RBI; and junior Lindsay Stewart’s and freshman Lindsey Rocha’s single each.
The Lady Dragons, who hosted defending champion Analy yesterday – results not available at presstime – will play at longtime league rival Casa Grande this Tuesday, April 19, before returning home to host SCL foe Windsor at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the high school field.
At the Windsor Golf Club on Tuesday, Sonoma’s boy golfers dropped a 233-259 SCL decision to Windsor.
Pacing the Dragons were senior A.J. Vitorelo’s nine-hole round of 42, sophomore Justin Crockett’s 50, frosh Dario Minatta’s 51, junior RAB Byrd’s 52, and sophomore Craig Gusse’s 64.
The Sonoma golfing boys, who played Casa Grande on the road yesterday – results not available at presstime – will host Petaluma at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, April 19, at the Sonoma Golf Club.