STOMPERS EDGE OUT CLIPPERS IN CLOSE CONTEST

  Kenny Meimerstorf rounds third base to score in the second inning of the Sonoma Stompers game against the Martinez Clippers, August 18, 2018 in Sonoma, Calif.(James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

Kenny Meimerstorf rounds third base to score in the second inning of the Sonoma Stompers game against the Martinez Clippers, August 18, 2018 in Sonoma, Calif.(James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

SONOMA, Calif. – While the score was closer than games past, the Sonoma Stompers did not stop their roll, scoring early and holding off the Martinez Clippers all game long in a 5-4 win Saturday night.

Kevin Farley kicked off the scoring in the second with an RBI single that brought home Kenny Meimerstorf. Farley wasn’t left out on the bases long though, ass Brock Hartley brought him home minutes late with a two-run homer that put Sonoma up 3-0.

“I was battling 2-2 and thankfully he threw me a nice little looping curveball on the outside corner where I could poke it over,” Hartley said.

Meimerstorf singled in Marcus Bradley in the third and Rob DeAngelis drove home Rayson Romero in the fifth, punctuating the Stomper offense for the evening.

Tyler Sharp was once again excellent for Sonoma, pitching 5.2 innings with just two runs and two hits allowed, while striking out five Clipper batters.

Jason Seever followed Sharp with 1.1 scoreless innings, then Ryan Richardson continued his trend of success, pitching a perfect eighth inning to bridge the gap to Jacob Cox.

“I’m just getting ahead in the count and letting my defense do the work and trying to get out of there as quick as possible,” Richardson said.

Martinez brought the score within one, but Cox closed the door for his league-leading 21st save of the season, helping the Stompers improve to 48-21.

These two teams see each other for the last time in 2018 Sunday afternoon, with a 1:05 p.m. start as Sonoma ends its four-game homestand.