Dragon loss to Casa creates logjam atop SCL standings

Junior shortstop Chris Swanson gathers in a ground ball before throwing to first for the out in earlier SCL action against El Molino. The Dragons play Petaluma Saturday in the final game of the regular season. Photo courtesy of Greg Ludlow Photography.

The Sonoma Dragons dropped an extra-inning affair in Petaluma against Casa Grande Friday, and as a result, fell into a three-way tie atop the SCL standings with only two games to play.

Nursing a one-game lead in the SCL with a chance to control their own destiny, the Dragons jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after one inning. Casa Grande cut the lead to 3-1, but Sonoma added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to increase the lead.

Casa rallied, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth and added two more in the sixth to tie the game at five and both teams failed to plate a run in the seventh forcing extra innings. After the Dragons were unable to scratch across a run in the top of the frame, Gaucho sophomore Francis Chrsitie came to the plate with two runners on and launched a three-run walk-off home run to win the game for Casa Grande.

Junior Michael Hernandez (2-3) took the loss for the Dragons.

Sonoma pounded out 11 hits, but none for extra bases. Jonah Son was the lone Dragon to pick up a pair of hits while Sean Daly, Chris Swanson, Sam Morgan, Ryan Matteo, Will Rose, Hernandez, Kevin Deely, Chandler Kelley and Brennan Cole all collected a single.

The loss sets up a showdown for first place Saturday on the road against Petaluma, with the first pitch scheduled for noon. The Dragons entertained visiting Analy Tuesday with results unavailable at press time, but Casa Grande, who is also tied with Sonoma and Petaluma for first place in the SCL, may have the inside track to the title with games scheduled this week against SCL cellar-dwellers Windsor and Healdsburg.

Regardless, the top four teams, which will include the trio tied atop the standings, will qualify for the SCL Tournament which will again be played at Arnold Field starting Tuesday night May 17.

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