Eight-Run Eighth Inning Lights Up Sonoma Stompers in 11-7 Comeback Victory Over Pittsburg Diamonds

 Scott David gave the Sonoma Stompers the lead with a three-run triple in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburg Diamonds. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Scott David gave the Sonoma Stompers the lead with a three-run triple in the eighth inning of Saturday’s 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburg Diamonds. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

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SONOMA, Calif.– The lights at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field flickered and went out in the seventh inning of the Sonoma Stompers’ Saturday contest against the Pittsburg Diamonds. The game was delayed as the lights reset, but when they came back on, so did the Sonoma offense. 

The Stompers, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, strung together an eight-run rally in the next inning. After Sonoma capitalized on a handful of errors and walks to tie the game at seven, Scott David hit a towering three-run triple into the gap to give the Stompers a three-run lead.

David was also the one at the plate when the lights went off the inning before. Closer Jacob Cox pitched a quick ninth inning to secure the Stompers’ 11-7 victory.

“That was a great comeback. The whole light situation really worked out in our favor. We came back with new energy after that,” said left fielder Brennan Metzger. “That was wild.”

Prior to the eighth, the Stompers offense flickered, recording just five hits compared to the Diamonds’ 12. Three of those hits came off the bat of Metzger, who extended a hitting streak to 14 games. Metzger also collected four base hits in Friday night’s game.

“It’s just kind of clicking right now. I feel good at the plate, I’m seeing the ball well. Sometimes, you get lucky too,” Metzger said.

Catcher Isaac Wenrich also lit up the Stompers at the plate, driving in four runs on Saturday.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit, and (my teammates) just constantly put that confidence back in me to know that I can still do this,” Wenrich said. “Just having them by my side has made me grow every day. I can’t thank them enough for that.”

On the mound, starter Taylor Thurber allowed three earned runs through four and one thirds innings, striking out four and walking just one. In relief, Zach Wendorf recorded another scoreless outing and continued a run of solid appearances.

The Stompers will look for the sweep Sunday at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

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