SONOMA, Calif. – The Sonoma Stompers played extra innings for the 10th time in 2018 Wednesday night and for the eighth time this season, emerged victorious, walking off again to top the Napa Silverados 3-2.
The game began as a pitching duel between Napa’s Scott Harkin and Sonoma’s Kenny Mathews. Harkin threw six strong innings with just one earned run allowed, but Mathews was better, throwing seven shutout innings with just four hits, no walks and five strikeouts.
“We established the fastball command early and Mitch [Ho] has got a real good idea about these guys and what I like to throw as well,” Mathews said. “It’s a good recipe for success for us, wee had good command and we’ve got the guys on and off the field, so it’s good stuff, a good day.”
The run support he received was minimal, but enough to keep the Stompers ahead for much of the game.
After Daniel Baptista’s first of two hits in the game, Kevin Farley singled home Kenny Meimerstorf with two outs in the fourth and Meimerstorf blasted his 19th home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
While Napa tied the game at two in the ninth, the Stompers rebounded well in the 10th on both sides of the ball. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, Ryan Richardson faced two batters and recorded three outs, including a pickoff of a Silverado at second and an inning-ending strikeout for a scoreless frame.
Sonoma loaded the bases with two outs and Kam Stewart drew a walk to end the game, extending his streak of games reaching base to 27.
“I know it’s a big situation, I’m just trying to put something in play, something hard in play,” Stewart said. “But he was a little wild, he’s got some velocity too, so I was just trying to stay in there.”
With the Stompers riding a three-game win streak, they turn their attention to the second-place San Rafael Pacifics, who sit two games back of Sonoma in the Pacific Association standings. First pitch from Albert Park in San Rafael is set for 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday.