Stompers, PAPB teams find, sign

For the first time in more than a half a century, the “boys of summer” will bring the grand old game of baseball played at the professional level to the Valley, where the sport has a rich history.

Sonoma’s team is currently rounding out its roster for the 2014 June-to-August season.

The Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club, with Arnold Field planned as its home field, is a member of the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League along with the 2012 Pacific Association champion San Rafael Pacifics, the Vallejo Admirals, and the soon-to-be-named Pittsburg franchise.

Last weekend, the Sonoma Stompers and San Rafael Pacifics hosted a highly attended league-wide open tryout session at Sonoma’s Peterson Field, which, according to event officials, had a Pacific Association record 85 players register for the tryout that brought a bevy of talented young players into the PAPB.

With an enthusiastic crowd of Valley community members and baseball fans on hand to watch and enjoy the open tryout, the four PAPB teams combined to sign 19 players to professional contracts.

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