Dragons level El Mo with Alton’s spot-on location, Daly’s 4 RBIs, alum game Saturday
Shortstop Christopher Swanson attempts to make a put-out at second-base during the Dragons’ nonleague victory over Eureka last Saturday at Arnold Field.
With their blend of the three main ingredients for winning baseball – pitching, hitting and defense – Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity boys took a successful Sonoma County League road trip to Forestville on Tuesday.
Senior ace Sam Alton provided near-perfect pitching, the offense unleashed a 13-hit attack – sparked by senior Sean Daly’s three-hit, four-RBI day – and, except for one hard-luck and harmless error, the defense was rock-solid, and the visiting Dragons were dominating in posting a 10-run-rule, six-inning 13-0 victory over El Molino.
While Alton was spot-on with his pitches in weaving his second straight, complete-game gem – he was superb in defeating Windsor in the SCL opener on the road – a two-hit shutout, with five strikeouts and no walks, an array of Sonoma batters built up a 6-0 lead heading into the sixth inning.
The Dragons then kept on hitting and scoring, which resulted in a seven-run top of the sixth and the runaway win.
With everybody on the roster contributing, Sonoma was led by Daly’s three-for-four, including a double and four RBIs; junior Chandler Kelley’s two-for-three with an RBI and run scored; junior Will Rose’s two-for-three and a run; sophomore Brennan Cole’s single, two RBIs and two runs; sophomore Jonah Son’s single with two runs; a single, RBI and run each by senior Steven McGunagle, junior Ryan Matteo and junior Michael Hernandez; junior Colin Clyde’s single and a run; juniors Chris Swanson’s and Sam Keechler’s RBI apiece; senior Alec Berthoud’s and junior Will Murphy’s single apiece; and senior Dylan Thomas-Briggs’ sacrifice.
It was the third-straight SCL win without a loss for Sonoma (7-4), which, after holding its inaugural alumni game at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 9, will be back at Arnold Field to host longtime league rival Casa Grande at 4 p.m. this Tuesday, April 12.