Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
The Sonoma Stompers’ (8-7) offense bounced back in a big way on Friday night and scored more than enough to back up a fabulous pitching performance from Sean Conroy in an 11-1 victory over the Admirals (7-9). Sonoma’s offense had struggled in the past two games scoring only two runs combined, but it was a different story Friday.
After Sonoma went down quietly in the first, and had two outs in the second, the offense still seemed to be sputtering at the plate. But a walk to Ethan Szabo with two outs, and a single by Mason Morioka set Sonoma up for a little two out magic. Eddie Mora-Loera stepped up to the plate next and launched a line drive shot into the left field bleachers for a three run home run and Sonoma never looked back. It must have felt good for Mora-Loera as he hit into two double plays in Sonoma’s last game on Thursday but bounced back tonight to get Sonoma rolling.
Mora-Loera’s homer was only the beginning for the offense as they put runs on the board in four straight innings from the second through the fifth. The power surge for the offense continued as their first eight runs came via the home run. Mason Morioka, Joel Carranza, and Caleb Bryson hit home runs in those frames. Bryson’s homer in the fourth was the highlight as he hit a moon shot to left that I think might still be going.
For the second straight season Sean Conroy got the start on Pride Night, and like last year delivered with a gem to remember. Conroy made history last season becoming the first active professional baseball player to come out as being gay. He did not disappoint Friday and was dominant in his eight innings of work. Conroy allowed only one run on three hits with five strikeouts. Conroy’s slider was exceptional with its late movement and precise command.
Conroy’s ability to pitch so well on Pride Night was something that goes far outside the lines of sport. He put an entire community on his shoulders tonight, and showed great character by pitching at his best in the situation. Conroy was humbled by the reception he received from the fans. “For our fans to come out and show their support for me tonight like they did last year was so rewarding and I felt blessed. They gave me the motivation I needed to perform well,” said Conroy.
Sonoma will look to keep the momentum as they continue the series against the Admirals Saturday night at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tickets for the game are still available at stompersbaseball.com. Tickets, and fan merchandise are also available at The Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.