Sonoma Offense Erupts in Early Innings as Stompers Win 13-4 Over Vallejo Admirals

 Stacy Piagno recorded the last out of the Sonoma Stompers 13-4 victory over the Vallejo Admirals Friday at Wilson Park. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Stacy Piagno recorded the last out of the Sonoma Stompers 13-4 victory over the Vallejo Admirals Friday at Wilson Park. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

SONOMA, Calif.– Stacy Piagno struck out Chevy Clark for the final out of a 13-4 victory by the Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, over the Vallejo Admirals on Friday at Wilson Park.  

Piagno struck out two Admirals in one inning of work, securing the victory for Sonoma in a game where four different Stompers recorded multiple hits. Admirals starter Roberto Santana lasted less than an inning and did not record an out, allowing five earned runs–all on walks and wild pitches.

“We knew coming into the game that (Santana) had high walk numbers,” said outfielder Matt LoCoco. “Our approach going into that first inning was just to be patient and it worked out to where he walked five of us in a row.”

Grayson Weber was responsible for the other eight runs, allowing ten hits before being replaced by Demetrius Banks in the third.  

“It’s always good to score a bunch of runs in the first few innings, it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the game. It makes it easier for pitching, defense, guys relax a little more, have a little more fun,” LoCoco said.

Scott David, Brennan Metzger and Masa Miyadera all drove in two runs while LoCoco went 3 for 5. Isaac Wenrich drove in three runs on the night and has driven in nine in his last six games.

“We’re fortunate to have a really good offense here, top to bottom, even guys that aren’t always in the lineup produce well. I think the lineup we have really eases the pitchers when they’re on the mound,” LoCoco said. 

Pat Lemmo replaced starter Ty’Relle Harris in the third and cruised for five more innings, striking out six. At one point, Lemmo retired 11 Admirals in a row. His only blemish was a seventh-inning single and homer that cost him two earned runs. 

“(Lemmo’s performance) was a really good sign that we have another reliever out of the pen who’s strong and confident,” said outfielder Matt LoCoco. “He had really good rhythm, he was commanding every pitch, keeping Vallejo off balance.”  

The Stompers will take on the Admirals again Saturday, having outscored the Admirals 99-49 on the season. With the victory, the Stompers improve to 20-5 at first place in the Pacific Association

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