June 8, 2019
NAPA, Calif- The Sonoma Stompers brought their bats to the yard on a Saturday 1:05 start in Napa to conclude their first full week of the season slaughtering the Silverados 10-3.
The Stompers offense woke up right away against Napa right-hander Edward Perez (1-1) in the top of the first inning. Nick Gotta and newcomer Pedro Barrios led off the game with back-to-back singles and slugger Dondrei Hubbard drove in his 10th RBI of the season on a single to give the Stompers the early advantage.
The offense replicated their production in the top of the second inning with a solo homer by Miles Williams, his first of the year, to straight away right field, doubling the lead to 2-0.
The offense continued to produce in the top of the third inning when Hubbard hit a fly ball to center field which should have been caught for the first out but outfielders Jordan Garr and Nick Ultch ran into each other, allowing the ball to drop and Barrios to score, making it 3-0. Chris Kwitzer then made Napa pay for their mistake as he unloaded on a 2-2 fastball to right field for his second home run in as many days, extending the lead to 5-0.
The Stompers failed to score for the first time in the game in the top of the fourth innings but picked back up in the fifth. A walk to Rob DeAngelis opened the inning and was followed by a Hubbard RBI double to right field. Then, with two out, Brock Hartley drove in his fourth RBI of the year as the Stompers poured it on and led 7-0 after five innings.
Henry Omana (1-0) dazzled once again in his second start of the year and his second against Napa. The right-hander tossed five shutout innings while allowing just two hits and struck out five. Well on his way to securing his first win of 2019.
In the top of the seventh inning the Stompers scored three more times. This time on RBI singles from Hartley and DeAngelis, and with some help by an error on the shortstop Malvin Nunez.
Cox allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but none were earned, solidifying the 10-3 victory.
The Stompers will have Sunday and Monday off before they return home for a four-game home stand next Tuesday through Friday at Arnold Field.