SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, relinquished their lone spot at the top of the Pacific Association standings with a 12-3 loss to the Vallejo Admirals on Tuesday.
The loss makes it just the second day in the 2017 season in which Sonoma does not have sole possession of first place.
The Stompers struck first in the contest as Daniel Baptista drove in one run before starter Dominic Topoozian even reached the mound. In the first professional start of his career, Topoozian allowed five runs and struck out four in four innings of work.
The Stompers didn’t score again until the sixth. Isaac Wenrich gave the Stompers some hope in the frame, sending a two-run blast over the fence in right to cut the Admirals’ lead to seven. Wenrich and third baseman Scott David both ended the night 2 for 4.
By the sixth, the Admirals had already amassed ten runs. On the mound, the Admirals’ Brent Adheen pitched three scoreless innings and allowed just one Sonoma hit.
Despite the wave of runs, there were a few bright spots out of the Sonoma bullpen. Right-hander and newly minted Stomper Logan Gillaspie struck out the middle of the Admirals’ order in the seventh. Picked up from the Monterey Amberjacks of the Pecos League, it was Gillaspie’s first start in a Sonoma uniform.
Following Gillaspie’s strong debut, right-hander Stacy Piagno pitched a scoreless eighth. In her last three outings, Piagno has struck out five and allowed just four hits in nine innings of work.
The Stompers will look to leave the series with a two-game lead in the Pacific Association Wednesday and Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
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