Stompers to Host Ila Borders Biographer Jean Ardell for "Making My Pitch" Book Signing Aug. 10

SONOMA, Calif.– The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, are pleased to welcome Ila Borders biographer Jean Ardell on Aug. 10.

Ardell will be signing copies of the book they wrote together, “Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey,” a biography of Borders. Borders became the first woman to play in a men’s professional baseball league since the 1950’s when the St. Paul Saints signed her in 1998.

The Stompers, in partnership with Virginia Dare Winery, have been advocates for the advancement of women in baseball. When the team signed Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore in 2016, the two joined Borders in the history books.

More recently, Piagno solidified her place in women’s baseball history by pitching seven strong innings to earn the win against the Pittsburg Diamonds on July 15. In doing so, Piagno became one of just three women to earn a win in a men’s professional baseball league since the 1950’s. One of those three women was Borders.

Ardell will be selling and signing books on the concourse and mingling with fans during the game.

The “Making My Pitch” book signing comes during a homestand that features several special events, including Vida Blue Night on Aug. 9, Japanese Heritage Night on Aug. 10 and First Responders Night on Aug. 11.

Tickets still available:


Tickets and merchandise are available now either online or at the fan shop at 234 W Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. Tickets will also be available at the box office on game days, beginning 30 minutes prior to the game.

For more information, please contact the front office at 707-938-7277, or email