SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers welcomed the Vallejo Admirals to Arnold Field for the first time since the 2017 Pacific Association Championship game and left the weekend with a series split, winning on Sunday in exciting walk-off fashion.
Saturday night’s game started out strong for Sonoma, as the Stompers maintained a 3-1 lead after four inning. However, the Vallejo offense turned on the jets and didn’t look back and the Admirals scored 18 unanswered runs before each team scored one in the ninth for a 20-4 final.
The team rebounded well on Sunday, playing the first regular season day game at home since 2015 and coming out on top, 11-9.
“Yesterday wasn’t a good day, we played sloppy yesterday,” manager Zack Pace said after Sunday’s win. “I’m really proud of our guys that they did that today and fought back and stayed in the game the whole time. These guys grinded out their at-bats and found a way to win the ball game.”
The Stompers once again started out ahead as a two-RBI single from Daniel Comstock broke a 1-1 tie in the second and they maintained a 3-2 advantage heading into the fifth.
Vallejo scored five runs in the fifth to take a lead, but Sonoma did not give up. They chipped back, scoring a run in the sixth on an Eddie Mora-Loera single, but the Admirals countered with a run of their own in the 8th.
A triple from Mora-Loera and single from Comstock added two runs in the bottom of the eighth, then Marcus Bradley doubled with two on and two outs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
International tiebreaker rule in effect, neither team could score in the 10th, but the Admirals scored in the 11th to lead 9-8.
With one out and two runners on in the bottom of the 11th, Kam Stewart played hero and crushed a three-run home run to the opposite field in right to win the game, 11-9.
“That’s a dream come true right there, hitting those,” Stewart said. “I knew I hit it well, I didn’t know if I had enough to get it out over in right. I just got a fastball middle-out, put a good swing on it and she left the yard for me.”
Picking up his first win of the season, Jacob Cox pitched the final three innings, giving up only one hit and an unearned run, while striking out four Vallejo hitters.
“Guy is a stud, he shut the door, gave us a chance to win,” Pace said. “He did an outstanding job, there’s no way we win that ball game without him.”
After an off day Monday, the Stompers welcome the Napa Silverados to Palooza Park at Arnold Field for two games, including Napa Night on Wednesday.