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Lady Dragons overcome heartbreaking 9-inning loss to Petaluma by ripping Piner

In Tuesday’s key Sonoma County League home showdown with the defending champions, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity softball girls turned in a spirited overall effort and delivered a message to perennial SCL power Petaluma that they’re not intimated and are definitely in the thick of the title race.

Battling the reigning SCL and North Coast Section champion Trojan girls to a seven-inning tie that held up until the ninth frame, Sonoma was dealt a heartbreaking 6-5 loss at the high school field.

But the young Lady Dragons, with six freshmen on the roster, bounced back in a big way on Wednesday in Santa Rosa by posting a five-inning, 10-run-rule 13-3 SCL rout of Piner.

After taking an early 2-1 lead against Petaluma, the Sonoma girls fell behind and were down by one run going into their last at-bats, when senior Lindsey Rocha’s RBI capped a bottom of the seventh rally that forged a 5-5 tie and sent the clash of longtime SCL rivals into extra innings.

With both teams unable to score in the eighth inning, the international tie-breaker – placing a runner at second base to start the inning – went into effect and the Trojan girls broke the deadlock with a quick run. But Petaluma was denied another by Sonoma’s solid defense and the pitching of junior Hannah Herrick.

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