Lady Dragons fade, fall to Moreau inNCS, season ends
Senior Mia Stornetta readies to makes the tag on a sliding Casa Grande runner at second-base as Sonoma teammate Riley Ellis-Reis backs up the play during recent game at the high school field.
It was a rollercoaster season for the young Sonoma Valley High School varsity softball girls, who had a touch more of high than low moments, and, while finishing the regular season with a 12-11 overall record and reaching the North Coast Section Division-3 playoffs, gained a lot of valuable experience along the way.
Unfortunately, the postseason ride was a short one for Sonoma.
The ninth-seeded Lady Dragons, who, after jumping out to a 1-0 first-inning lead, couldn’t maintain any offensive momentum, and had a few too many defensive breakdowns, which resulted in a 9-1 season-ending loss to eighth-seeded Moreau Catholic Wednesday afternoon in Hayward.
After sophomore Ashley Vail’s RBI triple in the top of the first inning, sophomore Riley Ellis-Reis, who walked and scored on Vail’s three-bagger, later had a single which turned out to be Sonoma’s only other hit in the game.
Rounding out the young Lady Dragons’ roster – directed by head coach Dean Merrill and assistant coaches Marc Ray and Wally Reis – were lone senior Mia Stornetta; juniors Megan McNeilly, Anna Stewart and Lindsay Stewart; sophomores Kendall Ashe, Zoe Gaarder, Juliana Gutierrez and Tali Soroker; and freshmen Samantha Richards, Lindsey Rocha and Amber Rose.