Marty James

Marty James

The Vallejo Admirals won the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs title, beating the host Sonoma Stompers 11-8 on Friday in the league championship game at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field.

Tillman Pugh was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Mike Blanke hit a two-run home run, and Chris Fornaci homered to lead Vallejo.

“Sonoma is a great team and we knew they were going to battle back,” Fornaci told the Vallejo Times-Herald. “At the end of the day, whatever team stayed in it and fought the hardest was going to win.”

Derrick Fox went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs for Sonoma.

“We never gave up. It shows me what type of team we are. I’m just so proud of my team and my players,” Sonoma manager Takashi Miyoshi said in a press release.

“This season, we have done a great job. It comes down to a one-game playoff and it can go either way.”

Centerfielder Matt Hibbert said, “Anything goes in a one-game playoff. It doesn’t take anything away from the season we had or the guys in the clubhouse.”

New to the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in 2018 will be the Napa Silverados.

The independent league, based in Northern California, was founded in 2013 and also includes the San Rafael Pacifics and Pittsburg Diamonds.

Each team plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from June through August. Forty of those games are home games.

Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is not affiliated with Major League teams.

For more information about the Napa Silverados, go to


Torrey Van Winden, who had a combined 50 kills in three matches, was selected to the All-Tournament team for the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo volleyball team at the Washington/Seattle Tournament over the weekend.

Van Winden is a Vintage High School graduate and a transfer from UCLA.

Cal Poly had wins over Seattle (3-0) and Santa Clara (3-0). Cal Poly lost to Washington (3-0).

Van Winden, a sophomore outside hitter, had 19 kills on a .351 attack percentage, nine digs, two service aces and 20.5 points in the match against Washington.

“Torrey Van Winden had an overall very good match for us,” Cal Poly coach Sam Crosson said on the Mustangs’ website. “Her serving, her attacking. She really stepped up to the occasion.”

Van Winden is joined on the Cal Poly team by her sister, Adlee Van Winden.

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the