By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma defeated visiting Sonoma Valley, 7-2, Tuesday to take over first place in the Sonoma County League.
Both schools have one loss, but the Trojans have played one more game.
Petaluma finishes up against Elsie Allen and El Molino. Meanwhile, Sonoma has games with Piner, Healdsburg and El Molino.
So, if the Trojans and Dragons both win out, they will share the regular season title.
On Tuesday, Petaluma took control with a five-run second inning. First baseman Tyler Williams had the big hit, a two-run double to right center field. Two errors by Sonoma kept the inning alive.
Staked to the lead, Hunter Williams hurled five shutout innings before the Dragons scored two in the sixth. Luke Wheless came on in the seventh and preserved the victory.
Each team had seven hits, but Sonoma made three miscues while Petaluma played error-free.
“We played great defense,” Trojans coach Paul Cochrun said. “We turned two double plays and the outfielders were solid tracking fly balls.
“The guys played with a lot of confidence.”
It was the Trojans’ eighth straight victory and they’re 15-7 overall.
Wheless and Austin Gabbert led the offense with two hits apiece.
The loss snapped the Dragons’ eight-game winning streak and they are 11-9 overall. MacLean Meyn was their only multi-hit player. He was 2-for-3 with a double.
PINER 2, EL MOLINO 0
At Forestville, the Prospectors broke open a 0-0 game by scoring twice in the seventh.
The first run came across on an infield error and the second scored on Ricky Christensen’s ground-ball out. Piner had only one hit in the inning.
The Prospectors had plenty of chances to score but left 10 runners on base.
Both starting pitchers went the distance. Piner’s Tony Martignoli struck out six while Jeremy Pearson had seven Ks for the Lions.
SONOMA ACADEMY 3, ST. VINCENT 2
At Petaluma, the Coyotes beat the Mustangs for the first time in school history.
In six previous meetings between the schools, Sonoma Academy had been outscored, 59-8.
The victory leaves the Santa Rosa school alone atop NCL II with a 7-0 record. St. Vincent is 7-1.
Winning pitcher Ethan Jones also had what turned out to be the game’s key hit. That double over the left fielder’s head in the eighth inning scored Daniel Brown. A fielding error allowed Brown to reach base.
Jones and Brown accounted for the Coyotes’ four hits.
St. Vincent also had four with Liam Galten picking up two of those.
Sonoma Academy is 15-2 overall while the Mustangs drop to 15-4.
CLOVERDALE 8, FORT BRAGG 4
At Cloverdale, the Eagles came-from-behind to get the victory.
The home team scored five in the sixth to overcome a 4-3 deficit.
The key hit in the rally was a two-run single by Pat Ojeda.
Ojeda and Greg Scaramella had two-hit games for Cloverdale.
Fort Bragg was led by Steve Duran and Kaylor Sullivan with two hits each.