Dragons baseball split, softball romp
Samson, Ellis-Reis combine for softball no-hitter; Sonoma baseball boys host Vintage today
Senior Selena Gutierrez (right) beats the tag sliding safely into third-base during the Lady Dragons’ nonleague rout of Drake Friday afternoon at the high school field.
Instead of completing their four-game Marin County sweep, as well as their fifth straight nonleague win, to start the season, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity baseball boys committed a rash of errors, couldn’t find home plate and were dealt their first loss, a 2-0 shutout, by Drake in San Anselmo on Friday.
Playing back-to-back days, the Dragons got a chance to amend for their poor road showing on Saturday at home and they responded with solid defense, steady, complete-game pitching by junior Devon Graff and some well-executed offense, which combined to produce a 7-3 nonconference victory over Eureka at Arnold Field.
With Graff picking up the win – scattering seven hits, while striking out three, hitting three batters and yielding two earned runs in seven innings – Sonoma was led past the visiting Loggers by junior Dan Deely’s three-for-four, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI; senior Jonah Son’s two-for-two with two runs and two intentional walks; senior Brennan Cole’s two-for-four with an RBI; senior Richie Nunez’s single, RBI and run; junior Miles Hagin’s single and RBI; junior Jack Murphy’s single; and junior Vinnie Albano’s RBI and run.
In their loss to Drake, the Dragons got another strong pitching effort with right-handed junior ace Jimmy Flatt’s three-hitter, but their offense didn’t give him any run support, while the defense lapsed in the field with four errors that led to two unearned runs.
The Dragons start a three nonleague-game week at 4 p.m. today when they host Vintage at Arnold Field, then hit the road to battle both Maria Carrillo at 4 p.m. in Rincon Valley tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13; and Alhambra at 1 p.m. in Martinez this Saturday, March 16.
Sonoma’s varsity softball girls unleashed a 17-hit attack that produced a 16-0 nonleague home shellacking of Drake Friday afternoon the high school field behind winning pitcher senior Jordan Samson, who combined with senior Riley Ellis-Reis’ for a no-hitter.
Leading the Lady Dragons were junior Amber Rose’s four-for-four, including two doubles and three runs scored; junior Michelle Stovall’s three-for-four with two runs; junior Samantha Richards’ two-for-three with three runs; Ellis-Reis’ two-for-four with two runs; senior Tali Soroker’s two-for-four with a run; senior Ashley Vail’s single and two runs; Samson’s and sophomore Hannah Herrick’s single and a run each; senior Juliana Gutierrez’s single; and sophomore Shauny McVeigh’s run.
The Sonoma girls play at nonleague American Canyon tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13.