The Vallejo Admirals tried to bounce back with a home win over the Sonoma Stompers on Saturday, but in the end their comeback bid fell a little short as they lost 9-8.

The Stompers seemed like they were going to run away with the game early as they scored in the top of the first inning when Joel Carranza drove home Matt Hibbert with a single to make it 1-0.

Hibbert came through in the top of the second with a two-run double to make the score 3-0.

The Admirals added a run in the bottom of the third when Raul Navarro scored on a bunt single by Tim Williams to make it 3-1.

Admirals starter Kida De La Cruz went just three innings and gave up three runs on five hits.

Yuki Yasuda pushed the lead to 4-1 in favor of Sonoma with an RBI groundout.

The Stompers made it 8-1 when they added four more runs in the top of the seventh, two of them coming when Mark Hurley and Yasuda both had bases-loaded walks.

The Admirals were down but not out as they came back with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh. Raul Navarro singled home Wilfredo Petit to make it 8-2 and Tim Williams had a two-run single to make it 8-4. P.J. Phillips had a sacrifice fly to right to drive home Navarro and make the score 8-5. Williams would score moments later to make it 8-6 when Jackson Valera had an RBI fielders choice groundout. Gerald Bautista then drove home two more runs to make it a tie game at 8-8.

Just when the Admirals had all the momentum the Stompers got it back when Mason Morioka singled home Carranza to make it 9-8 in favor of Sonoma.

The Admirals had one last comeback attempt in them in the ninth inning when Bautista singled and then Baez walked to put the tying run in scoring position. Unfortunately for Vallejo, Navarro flied out to right field to end the game.

The two teams meet up for a 1 p.m. game at Wilson Park on Sunday. According to Vallejo manager Mike Samuels, Josh Evans will get the start on the mound for the Admirals.

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