STOMPERS COME CLOSE IN NAIL-BITING JULY 4TH GAME

  Fans enjoy the world-famous Sonoma fireworks from the field at Palooza Park at Arnold Field on July 4th, 2018.  (Nicholas Badders / Sonoma Stompers)

Fans enjoy the world-famous Sonoma fireworks from the field at Palooza Park at Arnold Field on July 4th, 2018.  (Nicholas Badders / Sonoma Stompers)

SONOMA, Calif. – After a closes loss Tuesday against the San Rafael Pacifics, the Sonoma Stompers looked to rebound against the Vallejo Admirals, but for the second consecutive night, the nail-biting contest concluded in favor of the visitors, with the Admirals pulling out on top 5-4 in front of a season-high crowd of 875 fans.

Dominic Topoozian turned in yet another stellar performance, pitching eight innings for the first time in his career, striking out eight along the way, also a single-game career high.

The Stompers matched Vallejo’s four runs over eight innings, getting the scoring started in the third with Rob DeAngelis’ RBI double, scoring Kevin Farley.

The Admirals countered with three runs in the fifth on a home run and added an insurance run in the eighth but the Stompers, like they have all season long, refused to give in, putting up five hits of their own in the bottom half, giving everyone in the lineup one hit on the day.

Marcus Bradley and Daniel Baptista contributed doubles, while Kenny Meimerstorf and Miles Williams added RBI singles to the cause, sending the game to the ninth tied 4-4.

Vallejo took the lead in the top of the ninth and despite Daniel Comstock’s second hit of the day, the Stompers 10th, Sonoma could not complete the comeback, falling for the second straight night.

Nearly the entire crowd stayed after the game to enjoy Sonoma’s Independence Day fireworks display from the field. Tomorrow, the Stompers welcome the Napa Silverados to town for a two-game series with both Thursday and Friday’s games beginning at 6:05 p.m.