SONOMA, Calif- The Sonoma Stompers took the field on Saturday Night celebrating Pride Night in front of another huge crowd at Palooza Park at Arnold Field.
Jacob Cox (1-0) took the mound for only the second start of his career. This time, against Napa, he struggled finding the strike zone early on.
Three walks and an error in the top of the 1st inning led to three Napa runs, giving them an early lead against a Stompers team that has been struggling over the first week of July.
Napa got 3 more runs in the top of the 2nd inning on a Josh Montelongo 3-run home run to double the lead, 6-0.
Cox was taken out of the game in the top of the 2nd inning, allowing all 6 runs, just 2 earned, while walking 5 and striking out just 1. Ethan Gibbons (1-2) came on and needed just 3 pitches to end the 2nd inning mercifully.
The Silverados got their first run off of Gibbons in the top of the third on an RBI double from Johnny Knight to give Napa a 7-0 lead.
The Stompers offense came alive in the bottom of the third inning against Napa right-hander Edward Perez (1-2). Rayson Romero and Nick Gotta opened the inning with back-to-back walks and Miles Williams was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rob DeAngelis then hit a 2-run double to put the Stompers on the board 7-2. Dondrei Hubbard followed with a 2-run single into centerfield to inch the Stompers closer 7-4. Brent Gillespie singled to put runners at the corners and Pedro Barrios bounced into a fielder’s choice to force Gillespie out at second but it scored Hubbard making it 7-5.
With still nobody out, Jacob Barfield doubled down the left field line to put 2 men in scoring position for Daniel Molinari who singled through the right side, scoring Barrios and Barfield, tying the game 7-7. Perez exited the game for Andrew Fernandez who stopped the bleeding but not soon enough as the Stompers had tied it up.
The offense picked up where it left off in the bottom of the 4th inning. with one out, Hubbard and Gillespie drew back-to-back walks to put 2 men on. Barrios then grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing Gillespie out at second, putting runners at the corners. Barfield then delivered his second double of the night, this one a 2-run double, giving the Stompers their first lead of the game, 9-7. Molinari then drove in his 3rd run of the night with a base hit to score Barfield to make it 10-7 Stompers.
With 2 outs, Gotta hit a bouncer between first and second base which Malvin Nunez, the second baseman, fielded but his throw to first was wild, allowing Molinari to score and the Stompers to add on 11-7.
Napa scored twice more in the top of the 6th inning off Gibbons on a 2-run single by Nick Ultch, narrowing the Stompers lead 11-9 at which it would stay.
Richardson hit the first man he faced to bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th. In a 1-1 count, Nico Toni grounded into a 5-4-3 double play for the first two outs. Richardson then walked Bethancourt but got Knight to flyout to Williams to right to end the game.
The Stompers end their 2-game skid with an 11-9 win over Napa in convincing fashion, after coming back from down 7 runs.
The Stompers are back home at Palooza Park at Arnold Field on Tuesday night, 6:05 first pitch. Tickets can be purchased at stompersbaseball.com.