Tim Livingston, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
For the fourth time in 2015, the Sonoma Stompers had a double-digit run output and took advantage of seven Vallejo Admirals errors en route to a 10-3 victory at Arnold Field on Tuesday night.
Sonoma (14-3) had 13 hits on the evening and were led by great nights from both Danny Baptista and TJ Gavlik. The 7- and 8-hitters for Sonoma did a ton of damage in their first trips to the plate, with the duo going back-to-back with solo homers to lead off the second inning and give Sonoma a lead they would not relinquish.
Baptista went 3-for-4 on the evening to up his batting average to .391. He's now the leading hitter in the Pacific Association. Gavlik went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in while filling in for the injured Kristian Gayday at third base. Also adding two hits were Fehlandt Lentini, which included his team-leading sixth double of the season, and Joel Carranza.
On the hill, starter Eric Schwieger (3-0) was very good, allowing only five baserunners (three hits, two walks) and two earned runs while striking out seven in his six innings of work. Jerome Godsey came in to replace Schwieger in the seventh, and the former SRJC star got out of a big jam in the seventh when Vallejo (8-11) was threatening after a double by Brad Young.
Young's double plated Jordan Hinshaw to make it 6-3, but Kale Sumner got waved home as Matt Hurley got to the ball in the left field corner. A perfect relay throw got to catcher Isaac Wenrich with Sumner some 30 feet in front of home plate, making it an easy first out for the Stompers in the inning.
Next up was Joshua Wong and he hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop, but Young started running to third on contact, making him an easy target for Gered Mochizuki to throw in front of at third base for the second out of the inning. Vallejo made three outs at either third base or home plate on the evening, making it a difficult night both on the basepaths and in the field for the Admirals.
Godsey would complete the final two innings without much issue and notch his first save and the fourth three-inning save of the season for the Stompers. Sonoma has allowed only eight runs in 52 innings of relief work this season and have now taken three out of the last four against Vallejo.
The two teams will return to Arnold Field on Wednesday evening for game two of their three game series. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at StompersBaseball.com or by visiting the Fan Shop at 234 West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. They can also be purchased at the gates of Arnold Field beginning one hour before first pitch. For more information, call (707) 938-7277 or email the Stompers at info@StompersBaseball.com.