Geoff Safford / Director of Broadcasting & Operations Assistant
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.- The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club presented by Virginia Dare Winery found themselves in a low-scoring affair in the series finale Sunday against the San Rafael Pacifics at Albert Park. With the series hanging in the balance, the game was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. The Pacifics were able to get a clutch hit in the inning that eluded the Stompers and they fell by a final score of 2-1.
The rally in the eighth started when both Jake Taylor and Mike Rizzitello reached base with one out. Right fielder Miles Williams then singled up the middle off of Jacob Cox to bring Taylor home to give the Pacifics their first lead of the game. San Rafael’s first run of the game came on an RBI single by catcher Mark Lindsay in the second inning.
Stompers starter Scott Plaza kept the Stompers in the game with a fabulous outing . The Illinois native pitched seven strong innings allowing one run on only three hits. In one stretch from the third inning to the fifth Plaza retired nine of the ten batters that he faced. However, the Stompers offense was unable to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them and Plaza’s effort would not be enough.
Sonoma only mustered three hits and did not score a run past the first inning. Third baseman Scott David drove in the only run of the game for Sonoma on an RBI double into right centerfield off starter Michael Holback.
After Holback departed in the third inning, the San Rafael bullpen did not allow another hit in the final six innings. The Stompers were given opportunities thanks to errors, and walks but they were unable to capitalize. They stranded a total of 13 runners on base in the game. Sonoma left the bases loaded in both the first, and sixth innings.
Despite the loss, the Stompers finished the long nine-game road trip with a record of 6-3. Sonoma returns home Tuesday for their first game at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field to face the Vallejo Admirals (4-5). Sonoma took two out of three in the first series these two teams played at Wilson Park.
First year Stomper Ty’Rell Harris is scheduled to get the nod on Opening Night for the Stompers. The nine-year professional was dominant in his first outing against the Admirals on June 7. Harris struck out nine batters and allowed only one run and on his way to a win.
Opening Day at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field is Tuesday, June 13. Tickets and merchandise are available now either online or at the fan shop at 234 W. Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. Tickets are also available at the box office on game day.
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For more information, contact the front office at 707-938-7277.