SONOMA, Calif- The Sonoma Stompers looked to get back on track after an off day and the offense did not disappoint, scoring 2 touchdowns on the Salina pitching staff.
Konner Arnold (5-3) cruised through 7 innings with plenty of offensive fire-power behind him, pitching with cushion all night.
The Stompers jumped on Salina right-hander Phil Rowland (0-2) early in the bottom of the 1st inning. Nick Gotta led off the inning with a single and came around to score on Brent Gillespie’s 2-out double. Rob DeAngelis doubled the lead 2-0 with an RBI hit to put the Stompers out to an early lead.
Salina jumped on Arnold in the top of the 3rd inning. An error and a double put 2 men in scoring position for Justin Byrd who singled them both home to tighten the score 3-2.
The Stompers broke it open in the bottom of the 3rd inning scoring 10 times! The most runs they’ve scored in an inning this year. The first 9 men of the inning reached 8 of them scored before the first out was recorded. The Stompers had the bases jammed all inning and got an RBI single from DeAngelis, RBI walks from Molinari, Rayson Romero, Gotta, an 2-run double from Hubbard, a 2-run single by Chris Kwitzer, and DeAngelis capped off the inning with a 2-run blast as the Stompers went ahead 13-2.
Molinari tacked on his 3rd walk of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning and later scored when Kwitzer reached on a fielder’s choice to bring the score to 14-2.
Jacob Woehler led off the top of the 7th inning with a walk and Cosimo Cannella launched his 5th home run, bringing the Stockade within 10, 14-4.
Arnold finished 7 innings allowing 7 hits and striking out 7, earning his 1stwin of the month of July.
Willie Ethington (3-0) and new reliever Austin Orvis tossed scoreless 8th and 9th innings to solidify the win and improve the Stompers record to 28-11 and give them a 4-game lead in the Pacific Association.