It was a rough go for the Sonoma Valley High School varsity baseball boys in the annual Adam Westcott Memorial Tournament at Casa Grande in Petaluma, which at least ended with a salvaged runaway win Saturday after a pair of tough losses last Thursday.
The Dragons not only won Saturday’s fifth-place game, they did it in a rout by registering six runs in the bottom of the first inning and then putting up crooked numbers again in the third, fourth and fifth innings for a 10-run rule 13-0 victory over longtime Sonoma County League foe Healdsburg.
With the offense clicking and providing big run support, winning senior pitcher Mitch Hood (four innings) and senior Ronnie Cotter (one inning) combined on a two-hit shutout for Sonoma.
Leading the Dragons at the plate were all-tourney sophomore MacLean Meyn’s three-for-three, all three hits were doubles, to go along with an RBI and four runs scored; senior Dan Deely’s three-for-four with three RBIs and two runs; senior Jimmy Flatt’s two-for four, including a double, two runs and an RBI; Hood’s one-for-three with an RBI and a run; senior Jack Murphy’s one-for-four with an RBI and a run; Cotter’s one-for-one with an RBI; and a run each by senior Andrew DeMartini and juniors Graham Herder and CJ Vitale.
In Thursday’s high-scoring opening-round battle with Maria Carrillo, the game ended seven innings of play in an 8-8 tie after the Dragons left the potential winning run, with only one out, stranded at third base and the knotted clash entered extra innings.
Actually, it turned out to be just one extra frame as the Pumas wasted no time in scoring five runs in the top of the eighth and slapped a 13-8 loss on Sonoma.
Then less than an hour later on Thursday, the Dragons faced Eureka in a second-round game and trailed 2-1 for four innings, and, after forging a tie, still took a 3-2 deficit into the bottom of the sixth frame, when they rallied for two runs to take a 4-3 lead.
But the Loggers answered back by taking advantage of Sonoma errors to put a crooked number on the score board in the top of the seventh and snare a 6-4 win.
Pacing the Dragons against eventual tourney champion Maria Carrillo were Mehn and junior Kyle Dunevent’s single and two RBIs each; junior Thomas Crumly’s single and two runs; a single and run each by Flatt, Vitale and junior Jake Little; Hood’s single; and Murphy’s two runs.
Sonoma was paced in their loss to Eureka by Mehn’s double, single and two runs; senior Vinny Albano’s double and two runs; Deely’s single and RBI; Little and Vitale’s single each; and Murphy’s RBI.
The Dragons open their SCL season against Elsie Allen today in Santa Rosa, before hosting defending champion Analy in a 7 p.m. showdown Friday, March 28, at Arnold Field.