Hayley M. Slye / Media Relations
SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, begins its 2016 Pacific Association Championship defense with the 2017 season opener on the road Friday against the Pittsburg Diamonds at Winter Chevrolet Stadium.
The Stompers will feature 14 returning players from 2016 on their Opening Day roster, including the league’s 2016 Most Valuable Player Joel Carranza and 2015 Defensive Player of the Year Yuki Yasuda.
Mike Jackson Jr., who received the second-most votes for 2016 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year, will also be returning to the mound for the Stompers, and is scheduled to get the start on Friday.
The 2017 roster also features Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno, who became the first women to play co-ed professional baseball since the 1950’s as Stompers last season.
The 2017 Stompers will be led by 2016 Manager of the Year Takashi Miyoshi, who’s been at the helm in Sonoma since 2015. Miyoshi has designated Carranza to serve as the team’s hitting instructor and Jackson Jr. to be the team’s pitching coach. Even Neiser, who pitched for the Stompers in 2016 will serve as the club’s bench coach.
2017 OPENING DAY ROSTER
Mike Jackson, Jr., RHP*
Juan Espinosa, RHP*
Tyler Garkow, RHP
Scott Plaza, RHP
Pat Lemmo, RHP*
Adam Ogburn, RHP*
Ryan Richardson, RHP*
Jacob Cox, RHP*
Andy De La Cruz, LHP
John Kovalik, RHP
DJ Sharabi, RHP
Stacy Piagno, RHP*
*Denotes returning from 2016 team
**Denotes returning from 2015 team
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For more information, contact the front office at 707-938-7277.