Following successive league victories against Piner, Healdsburg and a come-from-behind win at Analy, the Sonoma Valley Lady Dragons now stand in second place in the SCL, behind Petaluma – which handed Sonoma Valley their last loss on April 24.
Sonoma Valley has won or tied for first in the Sonoma Coast League each of the last three years, and is poised to make another run for it in 2018.
In Tuesday’s game at home, the Lady Dragons made quick work of the Elsie Allen Lobos with a 19-0 win, called after 4-1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule. But two Sonoma pitchers combined to hold the Lobos hitless over five innings pitched.
Though starting pitcher Ally Alcayaga allowed no hits, she sometimes had trouble finding the plate and ended up with five walks over her two innings pitched.
But in a rare relief appearance, Kaliya Hensick was almost flawless in her three innings pitched, facing only nine batters, allowing no runners and striking out 6. Though she usually plays the left side of the infield, the sophomore showed she’s a definite multi-position threat headed into her senior year.
Meanwhile all the action was on the Sonoma side as the Lady Dragons erupted for 13 hits in four innings, scoring in every inning capped by a 10-run second. Both Raquel Hernandez and Abby Alcayaga got three hits each, and Alcayaga made them count with a total of eight RBIs on a triple and a home run.
Sonoma Valley, with its 9-2 league record, ended their regular season against El Molino (4-7 SCL record) in Santa Rosa last night, Thursday, with results too late for press time.
The SCL playoffs begin next Tuesday, May 15. And naturally, there will be dragons – Lady Dragons.