By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma High, the most successful softball program in the Redwood Empire over the past five years, on Thursday added the 2015 Sonoma County League Tournament to its list of accomplishments.
The Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat visiting Analy, 8-7.
It was Petaluma’s 46th consecutive victory over an SCL opponent. The Trojans have won the league tournament all three years they’ve been held and have won the regular season competition the past four years.
Since the 2011 season, the Trojans have won 115 games and lost 20.
For the past four years, these five players have formed the nucleus of the team: Cassie Baddeley, Meghan DeCoite, Brie Gerhardt, Joelle Krist and Miranda Swanson.
In Thursday’s championship game, Gerhardt and Baddeley had two hits apiece.
Petaluma didn’t play one of its better games, but found a way to win in its final at-bat.
Trailing 7-5, the Trojans took advantage of two Analy errors and a passed ball to get the victory.
Kailee Silacci slid across the plate with the winning run when the catcher was unable to stop the pitch by Saja Weaver.
The only hit in the inning was a double by Emily Corda.
Analy took a 7-5 lead in the fifth on a a three-run homer by Jayde Hill. The junior was perfect in three trips to the plate and also had another RBI.
Emily O’Keefe was the winning pitcher.
SONOMA VALLEY 8, PETALUMA 7
In the championship game of the SCL baseball tournament, Shane O’Malley’s single in the ninth inning scored the winning run.
The bases were loaded and there were no outs when O’Malley’s hit fell in center field. The sophomore also turned out to be the winning pitcher.
Petaluma led 6-1 going to the bottom of the sixth.
Ethan Vitale had four hits for the Dragons; his brother, CJ, had three.
For Petaluma, Ty O’Donnell led the offense with three hits.