Lady Dragons run-flurries seize SCL-opener at Healdsburg; Vitorelo medalist, but golf boys fall
Junior Anna Stewart makes a put-out at first-base during the Lady Dragons’ earlier nonleague win over San Rafael at the high school field.
They might be young, with only one senior on the squad, and lack varsity experience, but you would never know it by how Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity softball girls constantly compete with confidence and determination, and, of course, it doesn’t hurt that they have a lot of talent, as well as team depth.
Holding a 5-3 lead after five innings behind the junior pitching ace Megan McNeilly, the visiting Lady Dragons erupted for five runs in the top of the sixth, then didn’t stop scoring until they touched the plate seven more times in the seventh en route to routing Healdsburg 17-3 in yesterday’s Sonoma County League opener.
Sonoma rapped out 10 hits in the games, with sophomore third-baseman Ashley Vail’s two-RBI double in the top of the sixth being the key knock in the five-run inning.
Battling for their first SCL win of the still early season, Sonoma’s young golfing boys were unable take advantage of a medalist performance by senior standout A.J. Vitorelo and, again, fell short of breaking into the league victory column.
While Vitorelo fired a fine nine-hole, low-round-best 4-over-par 40 yesterday at the Sonoma Golf Club, the Dragons couldn’t upend visiting El Molino and were handed a 246-261 loss.