SONOMA, Calif- The Sonoma Stompers concluded their full weeks’ worth of games with their first day-game at Palooza Park at Arnold Field on Sunday afternoon.
Joseph Broderick (1-0) made his second start of the week on Sunday. He struggled with his command early on as he walked 2 in the first but also struck out a pair and walked away without giving up a run.
The Stompers put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead. Nick Gotta led off the game with a walk and scored on a wild pitch to open the scoring. Dondrei Hubbard then singled home Rob De Angelis to put the Stompers up by a pair.
In the top of the 3rd inning Vlad Gomez launched a no-doubt 3-run home run to left off of Broderick to give Vallejo a 3-2 lead.
Vallejo went ahead once more in the top of the 5th inning on a Matt Eureste RBI double, putting Vallejo ahead 4-3.
Jacob Barfield came off the bench for Gotta halfway through the game and his bat made a tremendous impact when he gave the Stompers a 5-4 lead on a 2-run home run which hooked around the left field foul pole. Pedro Barrios walked later in the inning to drive in De Angelis, giving the Stompers a 6-4 cushion.
Barfield Launched his 2nd home run on the game with one out in the 7th to bring the score to 7-4, which it would stay.
Ethan Gibbons was the 3rd Stompers pitcher out of 6 in the ballgame since Broderick only lasted 2.2 innings, and Gibbons earned the win.
The Stompers end the first half of the season with the league’s best record of 24-8 and possess a 5 game lead over San Rafael for 1st place.