First-place Sonoma nips the ’Hounds on a plunk, hosts El Mo tonight
Senior Sam Alton, seen firing a strike during the Dragons’ recent SCL showdown win over defending champion Petaluma last week at Arnold Field, backed-up his three-hit shutout performance by throwing a two-hitter in first-place Sonoma’s Tuesday night win at league foe Healdsburg.
Having recently taking sole possession of first-place in the Sonoma County League, Sonoma Valley High School’s young varsity baseball boys will face a barrage of challenges down the final stretch of the season, which was the case Tuesday night on the SCL road.
The Dragons, with their senior mound ace Sam Alton pitching another gem, were just tied at 2-2 by Healdsburg in the bottom of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and broke the deadlock as junior Will Rose touched home plate after junior Sam Morgan was hit by a pitch.
Morgan’s RBI “plunk” proved to be the game winner for Sonoma, which edged the Greyhounds 3-2 behind Alton’s two-hitter, which was needed to offset a stingy pitching effort by Healdsburg’s ace Geno Dericco, who was handed his first loss of the season after six wins.
Alton finished yielding no earned runs – his throwing error led to the ’Hounds two runs – with eight strikeouts and four walks, while Sonoma was led offensively by senior Kevin Deely’s two-for-three; Rose’s double and two runs scored; senior Stephen McGunagle’s and sophomore Jonah Son’s single and RBI each; sophomore Brennan Cole’s single and run; senior Sean Daly’s single; and junior Sam Morgan’s RBI.
The Dragons host SCL foe El Molino at 7 p.m. today under the Arnold Field lights.