SONOMA, Calif- The Sonoma Stompers bats came alive in the bottom of the 5th inning to go out in front in big win to close out the weekend.
Joseph Broderick (2-0) pitched great in his 3rd start of the season but gave up a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning to Louis Martini (8) which gave Salina an early 1-0 lead.
Chris Kwitzer answered the call on a 2-run moonshot to right field in the bottom of the 1st inning, giving the Stompers a 2-1 lead after 1.
The offense continued in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a Rayson Romero RBI double to score Jacob Barfield to extend the lead 3-1, but that wasn’t it. Nick Gotta started his 3-hit day when he mashed a 2-run double to right-center field to drive in Bronson Butcher and Romero, extending the lead 5-1.
Salina answered back in the top of the 5thinning when a run came in to score on an error and Justin Byrd hit a 2-run bomb to narrow the score 5-4.
The Stompers had enough and went to work in the bottom of the 5th inning. 4 straight walks brought in a run to make it 6-4. Butcher contributed with an RBI groundout to extend the lead 7-4. With still 2 runners on, Gotta sliced his 2nd home run of the season inside the left field foul pole to out the Stompers up big, 10-4.
Broderick finished the game tossing 6 innings while allowing just 1 earned run out of 4 that came across, while striking out 4 on just 4 hits.
Salina got 2 more in the top of the 7th on a Nick Crouse RBI groundout and Byrd’s second homer of the game, both off of Willie Ehtington, but it wasn’t enough.
The Stompers are off on Monday but are back in action Tuesday night at 6:05 vs the Napa Silverados.