Geoff Safford, Media Relations Assistant
For the second time in the series the Stompers trailed the Pacifics by two headed into the bottom of the first inning. In the game on Friday, the Stompers quckly erased that deficit and rolled to a victory. Sonoma once again had a rebuttle Sunday in the series finale at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field. The first eight hitters in the first inning reached base, and they all scored in an incredible eight run rally. The Stompers would score fifteen runs in the first three innings and finished off a three a game sweep of San Rafael by a score of 17-10.
Pacifics starter Nick DeBarr never recorded an out in the first inning before he was pulled from the game. The big blow in the inning was a grand slam by Chaz Meadows down the left field line to give the Stompers an eight run advantage. Both Derrick Fox, and Daniel Baptista also had two run doubles in the inning. The homerun for Meadows was not only the first grand slam he had hit, but was also the first home run he had hit in his professional career.
“I kind of knew off the bat that it was going out but there was a lot going through my mind when I hit it,” Said Meadows. “It was such a great feeling seeing the ball go over the fence. I could not have asked for a better moment for my first professional home run.”
Oddly enough, the Pacifics hit total was higher than the Stompers at 15 but the Pacifics pitching staff also walked nine batters in total in the game. Both offenses combined for 27 runs, and 26 hits. Daniel Baptista had another productive night finishing 2 for 6 with a home run and four driven in. Sunday’s performance wrapped up an unbelievable week at the plate for the first baseman. Baptista was 14 for 31 with three home runs and fifteen driven in during this week alone.
The Stompers (43-29, 20-13 second half) sweep of the Pacifics (39-33, 18-15 second half) puts them two games clear of San Rafael with only six games remaining in the season. Sonoma will take on the Vallejo Admirals (30-42, 15-18 second half) in a three game series starting Tuesday in the final home series of the season at People’s Home Equity Ballpark. The Stompers and Pacifics will meet again during the final weekend of the regular season at Albert Park. At one point during the season the Stompers were 3-9 against the Pacifics, but have completely turned the tables by winning six straight against them. The Stompers have outscored the Pacifics 70-23 in their last six games.
Tickets for the last three home games of the season are available on StompersBaseball.com. Tickets and fan merchandise are also available inside The Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. For more information about the team, contact the Stomper front office at firstname.lastname@example.org.