Nick Akins Sr. hit his league-leading 29th home run of the season on Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Vallejo Admirals as they fell to Sonoma 13-5 at Arnold Field.
Vallejo (33-40) fell behind 5-0 in the first inning and although the Admirals fought back with four runs in the top of the third, they could never tie the game or take the lead.
In order for Vallejo to finish with a .500 record the Admirals will have to win all of its remaining games. Vallejo has two games remaining at Wilson Park, on Saturday and Sunday against Napa and Martinez, respectively. Those are “Fan Appreciation Days.”
The Admirals are four games up on Napa for the fourth and final playoff spot. The No. 4 seed will play the Pacific Association’s No. 1 seed, currently Sonoma, in the first round of the playoffs in an elimination game.
The Admirals made three errors on the night, two of them coming in the first inning as Sonoma jumped out to the early lead.
Vallejo came back with four in the third, two of them coming on a home run by Akins. The Admirals outfielder is two homers away from tying the league’s single season record for home runs in a season, currently held by Matt Chavez, who hit 31 for the Stompers in 2015.
After the Admirals cut the lead to 5-4, Sonoma scored two runs of its own in the bottom of the third on a Niko Pacheco two-run homer.
The Admirals cut the lead to 7-5 in the fifth, but the Stompers added six runs in the sixth to run away with the game.
Amilcar Cruz took the loss for Vallejo, as he went five innings and gave up two earned runs but walked five while also allowing four hits.
Akins and Graylin Derke each had two hits for Vallejo, while Akins collected four RBIs.