By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma Valley overcame four errors Tuesday night to defeat visiting Piner, 3-2, and move on to the final of the Sonoma County League baseball tournament.
The Dragons will play the winner of tonight’s game between Analy and Petaluma for the title on Thursday.
Max Yankovich was the winning pitcher as he struck out 11 and walked two.
Sonoma trailed 2-1 in the fifth before scoring two runs. What turned out to be the game-winner scored on a Maclean Meyn single. Carson Snyder came across the plate, but CJ Vitale also tried to come home and was thrown out.
“We played a sloppy game but found a way to win,” coach Don Lyons. “We made four errors but instead of giving up, the kids came back.”
Piner had five hits while the Dragons managed four. The Prospectors made three errors.
Piner’s Grant Wingett was the only player with more that one hit. He went 2-for-3.
After a 3-8 start, Sonoma’s record is 15-9. The Dragons tied with Petaluma for the league’s regular season title.
The Prospectors are 13-12.
ST. VINCENT 5, RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 1
At Petaluma, the Mustangs won their 10th NCL II game.
The victory means Friday’s contest with Sonoma Academy will be for the league title.
The Coyotes kept pace by defeating Upper Lake, 6-0.
In the win over RVC, Dominic Pedersen struck out 10 and improved his record to 6-1. Sky Doble pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.
George Sammon scored three runs and had a triple for St. Vincent.
TOMALES 6, TECHNOLOGY 0
At Tomales, Billy Wright gave up only three hits and struck out 11.
He got all the support he needed as his teammates scored two in the first inning and added three more in the third.