Sonoma boys split close tennis matches, but are sunk in golf, softball Lady Dragons fall
During a busy early part of the week, the Sonoma Valley High School tennis boys played back-to-back nail-biting matches and managed to split with their Sonoma County League opponents, while the Dragons’ golfing boys and softball girls came up on the losing ends of their SCL battles.
On Monday at the high school courts, Sonoma’s tennis boys were nipped 4-3 by Analy, but they bounced back on Tuesday to clip El Molino by the same 4-3 score in a match played in Sebastopol.
Leading the Dragons past El Molino were sophomore Sean Hall’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over Gregonis at No. 1 singles; senior David Cole’s 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Lindquist at No. 4 singles; senior Johnny Medina’s and sophomore Liam Casey’s 7-6, 6-2 win over Flood and Hough at No. 2 doubles; and junior Ron Kohut’s and freshman Sachin Naidoo’s 7-6, 6-1 topping of Toruno and Saulsbury at No. 3 doubles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were sophomore Stephen Montano’s 5-7, 6-1, 6-7 to Green at No. 2 singles; sophomore Griffin Hill’s 2-6, 1-6 to Bauer at No. 3 singles; and junior Travis McRice’s and sophomore Aidan Lacy’s 1-6, 4-6 to Kemiji and Bauer at No. 1 doubles.
In their close loss to Analy, the Dragons were paced by Hall’s 6-0, 6-3 win over Lancaster at No. 1 singles; Montano’s 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Rinaldini at No. 2 singles; and Cole’s 6-2, 6-1 victory over Rosa at No. 4 singles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were Hill’s 5-7, 2-6 to Birthelmer at No. 3 singles; McRice’s and Lacy’s 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Rose and Rahimi at No. 1 doubles; Medina’s and Casey’s 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 to Lucic and O'Donnell at No. 2 doubles; and Naidoo’s and frosh Gabe Rapoza’s 2-6, 6-7 to Moeller and Lancaster at No. 3 doubles.
Before competing in the SCL Singles and Doubles Tournaments at Santa Rosa Junior College on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, the Dragon netters wil play their rescheduled final regular-season match at Petaluma this Tuesday, April 26.
The rollercoaster SCL season continued for Sonoma’s varsity softball girls, who have both won and lost by lopsided scores.
Unfortunately, the Lady Dragons’ league ride took one of its big dips on Tuesday in Petaluma when they were defeated 9-1 by longtime foe Casa Grande, with Sonoma’s shortstop and lone senior, Mia Stornetta, belting out an RBI single.
The Lady Dragons, who played visiting league foe Windsor yesterday – results not available at presstime – will host SCL rivals Healdsburg and Petaluma at 4 p.m. this Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 28, respectively, at the high school field.
Sonoma’s boy golfers hosted longtime SCL rival Petaluma on Tuesday at the Sonoma Golf Club and dropped a 217-240 decision.
Pacing the Dragons were senior A.J. Vitorelo’s nine-hole round of 42, junior RAB Byrd’s 46, freshman Dario Minatta’s 49, sophomore Brian Hurley’s 51, and junior Tyler Johnson’s 52.
The Dragons travel to Forestville to face El Molino in their final road match this Tuesday, April 26, before hosting Analy in both their home and regular-season finale on Thursday, April 28, at SGC, with the SCL championship finals taking place on Monday, May 2.