Sonoma throws away sure win before beating Crushers behind Son
Sonoma’s Vinnie Albano attempts to avoid the tag at home plate and, though he was out, later scored the game-winning run as the Dragons nipped nonleague Vintage yesterday afternoon at Arnold Field.
On a sunny and warm late-winter Tuesday afternoon at Arnold field, the Sonoma Valley High School 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 senior left-handed mound ace Brennan 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 one-to-two-to-three 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 finally had a victory over Vintage.
After junior Vinnie Albano and senior Jaxson 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.