SCL baseball: Sonoma Valley makes short work of Piner, 11-0

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Jimmy Flatt pitched a shutout and struck out five as Sonoma Valley pieced together an 11-0 baseball win over host Piner on Tuesday afternoon.

“I was confident today,” said Flatt, who allowed three hits and one walk in his five innings of work.

“This year I have been spotty,” Flatt said. “I was pitching from the other side of the mound and it was flowing.”

He also helped on offense as his line drive to left field in the second inning scored MacLean Meyn.

“He has struggled with his location but he has a good background and we were pleased that he was hitting it today,” coach Don Lyons said.

Sonoma Valley scored five runs in the fourth inning.

Flatt was 1 for 3 with one run scored and two RBIs.

“He has a different demeanor as a pitcher than as a hitter,” Lyons said. “He knows it’s a grind for seven innings and hitting for him is like he’s going into a fire. It was good to see him maintain that confidence.”

Vinny Albano had a hit and two RBIs, and Mitch Hood, Spencer McNairy and Meyn each recorded a hit and an RBI. The Dragons combined for 10 hits.

“We were putting the ball into play,” Lyons said. “A lot of times in high school, you can’t be patient like the higher levels. We have to be aggressive to be successful.”

The Prospectors’ Ben Stolte notched two of Piner’s three hits in what coach Nick Green said was the only highlight of Tuesday’s matchup.

“Stolte swung the bat and that was about it,” he said. “He had a good day, but we didn’t do much right.”

The Prospectors struggled defensively and couldn’t overcome Flatt’s performance on the mound, Green said.

Both teams look to improve as Lyons said it will be a push to find an error-free game.

“We haven’t played a perfect game yet,” he said, “but it’s still out there.”

 

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