The Napa Silverados were down to their last out when they made a run at the visiting Sonoma Stompers on Tuesday night and came up short, 7-5, in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs contest.
Trailing 7-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth at Napa Valley College, Napa’s first two batters were retired. But the next five Silverados reached base as they scored on an RBI single by Nicco Toni and on a wild pitch. After a pair of walks, Ryan Cooper stepped into the box with the winning run at first base. But Stompers closer Jacob Cox got the final out on a fielder’s choice.
Sonoma took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and controlled things for most of the evening, improving to 6-1 overall against Napa.
In a battle of Opening Day starters, Fresno native Dominic Topoozian outdueled Silverados hurler Scott Harkin with pinpoint control for most of his 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one walk. The Former Fresno State Bulldog struck out a season-high nine batters to earn his fifth win of the season.
While Sonoma scored in three of the first four innings to provide support for Topoozian, Harkin struggled for much of his five-inning stint. Allowing nine hits and six runs, he was tagged with his first loss of the season.
Daniel Baptista and Kenny Miemerstorf led the Stompers’ attack by driving in six runs. Baptista drove in a pair on a double during a three-run rally in the third and went 3 for 4. Meimerstorf hit a two-run blast in the fourth to make it 6-1, finishing 2 for 5.
Nicco Toni shined at the plate for the Silverados, going 3 for 5. The Elk Grove native is in the top five in the Pacific Association with a .345 batting average and 38 RBIs. Overall, however, Napa struggled in timely situations, leaving 11 runners on base. Over the last three games, the Silverados have stranded 32 runners.
Napa took a 14-21 record into Wednesday night’s game against the Stompers, sending Jackson Berumen (1-3 5.25 ERA) to the hill in an attempt to salvage a game in the two-game set against a 22-13 Stompers squad. Sonoma won its fifth straight, but still trailed the first-place San Rafael Pacifics (26-9) after Tuesday night’s Pacific Association action.