Dragons score diamond wins
Sonoma baseball boys beat Alhambra on road, softball girls soar past American Canyon
Sonoma senior catcher Garrett Walker readies his throw to first base to complete a rare 1-2-3 double-play during the Dragons’ nonleague victory over Vintage last week at Arnold Field.
Bouncing back from what was only their second loss of the season, though a poor offensive showing on the road put a little more sting into it, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity baseball boys traveled to Martinez on Saturday and brought their productive bats with them and, without their top hitter, turned in an 11-hit effort.
Despite missing senior hitting standout Jonah Son (sprained ankle), the Dragons wasted no time unleashing the offense, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, adding another three-spot in the top of the fifth, and, behind junior right-handed mound ace Jimmy Flatt’s complete-game three-hitter, registered a 6-2 victory over Alhambra.
The Dragons, who improved their nonleague preseason record to 6-2, were led by senior Jaxson Strong’s two-for-four, including a double and run scored; senior Brennan Cole’s two-for-four, with an RBI and run; senior Richie Nunez’s and junior Dan Deely’s double, two RBIs and a run each; senior Garrett Walker’s double, RBI and run; Flatt’s and junior Vinnie Albano’s double and run apiece; junior Miles Hagin’s single and run; and sophomore CJ Vitale’s single.
The Dragon boys will again compete in Casa Grande’s annual spring break Adam Wescott Memorial Tournament in Petaluma and will play Healdsburg at 1 p.m. and Eureka at 4 p.m. this Thursday, March 21, with the tourney running through Saturday, March 23.
Sonoma’s varsity softball girls posted their second straight preseason nonleague rout, this one on the road last Thursday, when they took a short ride east and turned it into a long day for American Canyon.
The Lady Dragons, powered by senior Ashley Vail, crossed the plate in merry-go-round fashion en route to a runaway 16-3 five-inning, 10-run rule victory.
Vail belted a two-run homer, while going three-for-four with three RBIs for the visiting Sonoma girls, who were also led by senior Riley Ellis-Reis’ four-for-four with an RBI; junior Amber Rose’s three-for-three; winning pitcher senior Jordan Samson’s three-for-four; junior Samantha Richards’ two-for-four, including a double and two RBIs; and senior Juliana Gutierrez’s two-RBI double off the left-field fence.
Currently on spring break, the Lady Dragons play at nonleague Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa today, then return to action by hitting the road to open their Sonoma County League season facing new SCL school Elsie Allen on Thursday, March 28, in Santa Rosa.