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SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers are excited to announce that right-handed pitcher Dominic Topoozian has been promoted to the American Association’s Sioux City Explorers and will join his new team immediately.

Topoozian advances to a higher level of independent baseball after making his ninth start of the season Sunday and earning his sixth win in 2018.

“We're extremely proud of Dominic, and we can't wait to see him in action for the Explorers in the American Association,” general manager Brett Creamer said. “His development and  progression since last season has been phenomenal. Sioux City is not only getting a robust pitcher, but they are getting quality person as well.”

Topoozian pitched 56 innings for the Stompers in 2018 with a perfect 6-0 record and league-leading 2.89 ERA.

“I’m going to miss my time here,” Topoozian said. “Our team, they fight every single day. We’ve got some great players on this squad and I’m excited to see what they accomplish.”

The Fresno native walked just 10 batters this season, compared to the 54 he struck out, the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the Pacific Association through the league’s first 43 games.