Dragon pitching goes the distance in 3-0 week

Senior leadoff hitter Kevin Deely and his fellow Dragons hope to leave their SCL opponents in their rear view as league play heats up. The Dragons will take part in the 1st annual Alumni game Saturday night at Arnold Field at 5:00 pm. Photo courtesy of Greg Ludlow Photography.

The Sonoma Dragons got three complete game pitching efforts, capped by junior Michael Hernandez’ six-hitter against Eureka on Saturday, to win a trio of games last week, improving to 6-4 on the season. The Dragons also share a piece of the lead in the early SCL standings with a 2-0 mark.

Included in the three wins was a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Healdsburg Friday night at Arnold Field in the SCL home opener.

Sophomore Jonah Son’s based loaded single in the bottom of the seventh plated the winning run against the visiting Greyhounds. Fellow sophomore Brennan Cole went the distance and limited Healdsburg to just two hits and did not allow a run after surrendering a pair on a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.
Less than 24 hours later the Dragons put another win in their wallets, again by the same 3-2 score, downing a weary Eureka team. The Loggers were in town as part of a junket that saw them play three games in less than a day.

Junior Sam Morgan had a pair of hits in the win over Eureka, including a double, and also drove in a run. The Dragons also got individual hits from Sean Daly, Will Rose, Son, and Kevin Deely (who also walked twice).

Hernandez, mixing speeds on the mound, yielded only a lone earned run and did not walk a batter on the day.

The Dragons got their 2011 league schedule started with a dominating 9-2 win over Windsor last Wednesday by pounding out nine hits, including four doubles. While the Dragon bats were hot to open the SCL, senior pitcher Sam Alton silenced the Jaguar hitters, striking out 10 batters on the way to the comfortable win.

Against Windsor the Dragons put three runs on the board in both the first and second innings and played flawless defense as Alton faced just five over the minimum in his seven innings. Cole led the hit parade with three hits, including a pair of doubles and junior Chris Swanson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
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