Tim Livingston / Media & Baseball Operations
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, fought long and hard with their rivals in San Rafael and used a five-run ninth inning to pull away and take game one of their weekend series with the Pacifics, 11-6.
After falling on Thursday night to Vallejo and suffering their first loss of 2017, the Stompers offense continued to find ways to assert itself in key situations. Down 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Matt Hibbert came through with an RBI double to plate Kevin Farley and tie up the ballgame.
San Rafael wouldn't waver, getting three runs back on a home run by Michael Rizzatero, but Sonoma's ninth inning rally proved to be too much. They sent 10 hitters to the plate in all, as Rizzatero made a crucial error to allow Hibbert and Yuki Yasuda to come home and give Sonoma the lead for good.
Joel Carranza added an RBI single, his third hit of the night, and Farley drew a bases-loaded walk. Once Miyadera hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Carranza, the game was all but over.
Four Stompers hitters drew multiple walks, with Yasuda, Matt LoCoco, Dan Comstock, and Marcus Bradley all showing good patience at the plate. Carranza, LoCoco and Hibbert each scored two runs, as well.
Sonoma improves to 6-1 on the young season while San Rafael falls to 1-5.
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