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Piagno Makes History, Pacific Association Finishes First Half

Last year, Indy Ball Island reported on history being made in the Pacific Association.

The Sonoma Stompers signed two female players, Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno, last July.

The Stompers’ GM, Theo Fightmaster, assured everyone that it was not just a publicity stunt that would last a few days.

And he definitely proved that by having the women play again this year… giving them a chance to get professional experience playing against men.

That experience paid off as Stacy Piagno made history again on Saturday, July 15th, when she became only the third woman to earn a win in men’s professional baseball since the 1950’s.

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Stacy Piagno delivers a pitch at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field during her seven-inning, four-hit performance in the Sonoma Stompers 16-1 victory over the Pittsburg Diamonds on Saturday. (James W. Toy III / Sonoma Stompers)

In her third appearance and first start of the season, Piagno pitched seven strong innings allowing one earned run on four hits while recording four strikeouts. She retired her last 11 batters and 20 of 22 from the 2nd to the 7th inning.

“This was a great night for Stacy and a fantastic night for baseball,” said Stompers president and general manager Theo Fightmaster. “This was a start she’s been preparing for, and she validated the opportunity she was given. That was an incredible performance against a very tough lineup.”

The 7 IP and 4 K were both a career high for Piagno as well.

“It’s always a thought in your mind, especially in our situation coming in here as a female, can I really be successful? Can I go deep in the game? I’m not just out here for a hoax. It proves to myself that yes, all the hard work can pay off and yes, I can be successful out here,” Piagno said. 

Whitmore also started the game in left field and recorded her first hit of the 2017 season.

Their manager and teammates are proud of them as well.

“From last year, (Whitmore) was really working to get better and asking to pick everybody’s brain,” said manager Takashi Miyoshi. “She’s a great student of the game… The USA has an incredible baseball culture, but not to women in baseball yet. Like I said to the two girls, they’re going to be the icons of the game,” Miyoshi said. “Coming here, pitching against guys who were in affiliated ball, playing pro ball like three years ago, it’s not easy, trust me… I’m just really proud of her.”

The women certainly feel the love and respect as well.

“This team is my family, in and out. That’s something that I even thought of before the game. These guys are my family, they have my back,” Piagno said.

The Pacific Association wrapped up their first half of the season on Sunday.  Here are the final standings from the first half:

Sonoma Stompers 28-11
Pittsburg Diamonds 21-18
San Rafael Pacifics 17-22
Vallejo Admirals 12-27

The Stompers, who clinched last Wednesday, also set a franchise record for wins (28) in the first half.

The second half of the season begins tonight when the San Rafael Pacifics travel to take on the Sonoma Stompers and the Vallejo Admirals play host to the Pittsburg Diamonds.

 

Pacific Association Releases 2017 Tryout Information

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2017 PACIFIC ASSOCIATION TRYOUT DATES ANNOUNCED

League to host open tryouts April 8, 2017, at Pittsburg’s Winter Chevrolet Stadium

PITTSBURG, Calif. (February 14, 2017) – The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs will host its annual tryout camp for all baseball players interested in playing at the professional level April 8, at Winters Chevrolet Stadium (formerly City Park #1) in Pittsburg, Calif. The camp will feature a half-day skills assessment followed by a round-robin scrimmage.

Representatives from each of the Pacific Association teams will evaluate the players, then conduct a draft after the tryout camp.

This tryout is for professional-level college seniors or players with prior professional experience looking to play pro baseball in Northern California.

Since 2014, these tryouts have resulted directly in more than 50 players signing professional contracts and over 30 players have moved up from the Pacific Association to higher affiliated and independent leagues.

During the 2016 season three Pacific Association players were acquired by Major League Baseball organizations (Max Beatty, Chicago White Sox, Santos Saldivar, Milwaukee Brewers and Tim Holmes, New York Yankees). A fourth Pacific Association Alum (Dylan Stoops, 2015) was signed by the San Diego Padres after a promotion to the Frontier League.

Since 2015, the Pacific Association has promoted more than 30 players to higher independent and affiliated ball clubs. The league has also garnered national recognition for its progressive and inclusive initiatives. The league has been highlighted on HBO’s Real Sports, chronicled in the New York Times Best Selling Book, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, featured in the Wall Street Journal, received regular coverage from the MLB Network as well as many other national outlets.

Player registration fee is $125 in advance and $150 at the tryout. In the event of inclement weather the tryout will be continued Sunday April 9.

To register, or for more information go to diamondsproball.com or call 925-260-4764