So far, it’s been a rough preseason for the Sonoma Valley High School varsity baseball boys, who have been able to post only one win in five games playing teams from three different Bay Area counties.
After going 1-2 against Marin, and 0-1 versus the East Bay, the Dragons faced a perennially strong Maria Carrillo team Tuesday evening at Arnold Field and quickly found themselves trailing by two runs in the second inning, by three in the third frame and were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
But then Sonoma mounted a one-out rally built around two hit-batters, three singles and one walk, which produced four runs and finally caught the Pumas, with the 4-4 tie sending the nonleague game into what turned out to be just one extra inning, when senior ace Jimmy Flatt had a costly one-batter breakdown.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Flatt hit a batter, enabled him to reach third base on a pick-off attempt error and end up scoring, all happening within a five-pitch sequence, on a wild pitch and, after the Dragons went down in order, Maria Carrillo escaped the Valley with a 5-4 win.
Pacing the Sonoma boys were, in his first start after a long injury recovery, senior all-league standout Dan Deely’s two singles and one run scored; senior Mitch Hood’s single and two RBIs; senior Jack Murphy’s single and RBI; junior CJ Vitale’s single and run; senior Vinny Albano’s single; sophomore MacLean Meyn’s RBI and run; and junior Graham Herder’s run.
The Dragons head to Napa County today to take on Vintage.
In a seesaw nonleague battle in Rincon Valley on Wednesday, Sonoma’s softball girls turned in strong offensive and defensive efforts in accumulating 10 hits and committing no errors, while Maria Carrillo had eight hits and made four errors.
Unfortunately, the visiting Lady Dragons came up a run short on the scoreboard.
Trailing 1-0 after two innings, the Sonoma girls took a one-run lead in the top of the third, fell behind in the bottom of the same frame, then tied it in the top of the fourth, only to see the Pumas answer with a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth inning to open up a three-run lead.
Not deterred by the deficit, the Lady Dragons responded with a rally in the top of the sixth that plated two runners, but couldn’t get that third run to catch Maria Carrillo and they ended up dropping a 6-5 decision.
Pacing Sonoma was senior Michelle Stovall’s three-for-four with two RBIs; senior Lindsey Rocha’s two-for-four, including a double, an RBI and two runs scored; senior Samantha Richards’ single, two runs and one RBI; junior Hannah Herrick’s single and run; and a single each by junior Autumn McElroy and freshmen Bella Fanucchi and Lena Mallet.
In today’s home opener at 4 p.m. on the high school field, the Lady Dragons host another good East Bay team in Encinal.