SONOMA, Calif. – While they were 4-1 in extra inning games in 2018 entering Thursday, the Sonoma Stompers were unable to walk off Thursday, falling to the San Rafael Pacifics 7-5 in 10 innings.
Once again, Sonoma began the scoring and just like Wednesday, jumped out to a 3-1 lead after five. Kenny Meimerstorf’s sacrifice fly in the first brought in Rob DeAngelis, Kevin Farley connected for a solo home run in the second and DeAngelis singled in Farley in the fourth, but the offense went dormant for the next several innings.
Also in similar fashion to the night before, starter Juan Espinosa cruised through the first five innings before San Rafael’s potent offense took control in the sixth, scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead.
2.1 innings of scoreless relief from Kenny Mathews bridged the gap to the ninth inning, when after a Ryan Richardson shutdown frame, Kam Stewart’s two-out single scored Daniel Comstock to tie the game at four and force extra innings.
After being quieted by Mathews and Richardson, the Pacifics offense came to life in the 10th, as a bases-loaded double plated three and put the game out of reach for Sonoma.
The Stompers scored one but couldn’t add more to the plate as the fell for the second night in a row.
Sonoma looks to bounce back Friday against the Pacifics as they host their rivals once more, a 6:05 p.m. first pitch scheduled for Women in Sports Night. Female athletes who come in their uniforms/gear from their youth, travel or school team get a free general admission ticket or $10 off another section.