July 20, 2017 - Pacific Association (PA) - Sonoma Stompers
SONOMA, Calif.- The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, presented by Virginia Dare Winery, opened the Pacific Association second half with a 12-7 win over the San Rafael Pacifics and a loud offensive display Tuesday.
Scott David was the primary threat, driving in four of the Stompers' 12 runs.
"My team put me in good situations. I just got lucky that I had the opportunity to bring them in. Every day it's a new guy, I'm just happy for it to be my day," David said.
David's effort was his second four-RBI performance in his last four games. On Thursday, David drove in six runs against the Pittsburg Diamonds.
It was his teammate's ability to get on base that allowed him to do so, as Marcus Bradley went 3 for 4 on Tuesday while Matt Hibbert reached base every time he entered the batter's box.
"Our lineup is just so dangerous, one through nine. It doesn't matter where you're hitting," David said. "You've got so many guys that can do so much damage with the bat, it makes it easy. You can just go up there, simplify, just swing the bat and the next guy's going to do it behind you if you don't."
The Stompers hope the victory establishes momentum for the remainder of the half, as a second-half title would make Sonoma the outright Pacific Association champions. The Stompers won 28 games en route to a first-half title, setting both a league and franchise record.
Sonoma improves to 29-11 on the season and 1-0 in the second half while San Rafael drops to 17-23, 0-1 in the second half. With the win, The Stompers go up eight games in the overall standings.
'We definitely wanted to come out and state that we want to win the first and second half. It's always good to get the first win out of the way. It's another opening day almost," David said.
AYESHA CURRY NIGHT Ayesha Curry joined the Stompers and local brand Zî=9CPA NOMA for a night of baseball, organic vegetables and fresh "sippable" soup. Curry mingled with fans and signed autographs while Zî=9CPA NOMA sampled their superfood-packed soup for the over 800 Stompers fans in attendance.
"It was really nice having that many fans. It's great support, and it was fun to have her out here," David said. "Couldn't ask for anything better."
Curry tossed the first pitch, delivering a strike to reigning Pacific Association Most Valuable Player Joel Carranza.