Dragons top Vintage, fall to Carrillo
Sonoma baseball boys face East Bay foe Alhambra Saturday in Martinez
Sonoma’s Dan Deely (left) moved in from shortstop to make this second-inning tag-out at second base on a throw from first-baseman Jonah Son after pitcher Brennan Cole picked off the runner during the Dragons’ nonleague victory over Vintage Tuesday afternoon at Arnold Field.
After the Sonoma Valley High School varsity baseball boys posted their sixth victory in seven games to start the nonleague preseason with a victory over Vintage on Tuesday, they got dinged with only their second loss by Maria Carrillo in Rincon Valley on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0, the Dragons tied Maria Carrillo in the top of the fourth inning when senior Brennan Cole singled home senior Jaxson Strong.
But in the bottom of the fourth the Pumas managed to score twice and held on to edge Sonoma 3-1, with junior Devon Graff being tagged with the loss.
Offensively, the Dragons could muster only four hits, two by junior James Hess and one each by Strong and Cole, who added a run scored and an RBI, respectively.
On a sunny and warm late-winter Tuesday afternoon at Arnold field, Sonoma’s varsity baseball boys were one easy toss to first-base away from beating Vintage for their sixth victory in seven nonleague games to start the preseason.
The Dragons had gotten a solid six-and-a-third innings from left-handed ace Cole, when he was replaced by senior southpaw Robert Woodworth, who pitched out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a comeback grounder, which he turned into a 1-2-3 double play and preserve a 3-2 lead.
Sonoma then tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth frame for a 4-2 advantage heading into the top of the seventh, when, with two on and two out, the visiting Crushers were handed the tying runs when Woodworth fielded another comebacker with plenty of time, but threw this one over senior first-baseman Jonah Son’s head.
But, with a 4-4 game heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Dragons banded together under head coach Don Lyons and his coaching staff and eked out a victory over Vintage.
After junior Vinnie Albano and Strong walked and singled, respectively, in the last of the seventh, the standout hitting Son, who had earlier doubled to right-field, laced an RBI single to the same field to plate Albano with the 5-4 game-winner.
Leading Sonoma were Son’s double, single, RBI and two runs scored; junior Dan Deely’s two singles, RBI and run; Strong’s two singles and run; Albano’s double and run; Hess’ single; junior Miles Hagin’s RBI; Cole’s six-and-a-third innings pitched, yielding just three hits, striking out seven, walking three, hitting one batter and giving up a run on a balk; and winning pitcher Woodworth’s one-and-two-thirds inning one-hitter, with two strikeouts, two walks and one error.
The Dragons are back on the road tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, when they battle Alhambra in a nonleague tilt at 1 p.m.in Martinez.