By Vallejo Times Herald Staff
The Vallejo Admirals were eliminated from first-half playoff contention after dropping a 9-1 game to the first-place Sonoma Stompers on Friday evening.
The visiting Admirals (14-20) dropped 5 1/2 games back with five games to play in the first half.
Vallejo was three-hit by Sonoma pitchers Oliver Garcia, Jacob Cox and ex-Admiral Erik Gonsalves. Cox got the win and Gonsalves earned the three-inning save.
The Admirals made it a 2-1 game in the top of the fifth when Gerald Bautista knocked in Alian Silva with a ground ball.
However, the Stompers (19-14) made it 4-1 with two in the fifth and then 7-1 with a three-run sixth to break the game open.
Sonoma catcher Mason Morioka was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and designated hitter Joel Carranza was 2-for-5.
Vallejo starting pitcher Josh Evans had to leave the game early after experiencing tightness in his throwing arm after allowing allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six. Evans is not expected to miss a start. The Stompers scored the remaining seven runs against Vallejo’s bullpen.
The Admirals brought in position player Pedro Perez to pitch the eighth. Perez did not allow a run and struck out two.
The two teams will continue their series on Saturday. The Stompers are expected to start Stacy Piagno, one of their two female players, on the mound.