Valley's Lyons, Ray 1st players signed by pro Sonoma Stompers

One of the pro-playing hopefuls who recently participated in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball’s highly attended league-wide open tryout session at Sonoma’s Peterson Field was the Valley’s Tommy Lyons, who said after the tryouts, “This is an opportunity that really allows dreams to come true for local guys.”

Well, earlier in the week, the dream did come true for not only Lyons, but another local, Jayce Ray, with both former Sonoma Valley High School graduates and teammates becoming the first players signed by the independent minor league Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club in its inaugural season.

Lyons was an all-league-All-Empire player for the Dragons under his father, SVHS head varsity baseball coach and English teacher Don Lyons, as well as a college diamond standout.

“Tommy (Lyons) represents baseball and Sonoma in everything he does,” said Sonoma Stompers General Manager Theo Fightmaster, who made the signing announcement. “His father Don has dedicated his career to working with young, aspiring ballplayers, and has taught many about the game of baseball, as well as far more important things in life.”

Lyons, who spent 2013 in the Pacific Association with the then-named East Bay Lumberjacks, said he heard talks of the league adding a new expansion team, and kept his fingers crossed that the team would land in Sonoma.

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