A former standout Major League Baseball pitcher and colorful on-and-off-the-field personality took center stage for the Sonoma Stompers Saturday night at Arnold Field and delivered an impressive mound performance, especially for a guy who is 67 years old.
In the middle of Sonoma’s final month’s drive to reach the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball League second half first-place finish and postseason playoffs spot, Bill “Spaceman” Lee made his one-game appearance in the Valley a successful one by pitching the Stompers past the Pittsburg Mettle for a 6-3 win.
After Will Scott pitched a complete game in leading Sonoma to a 5-1 win over the Vallejo Admirals, which avoided being swept in the series, the Stompers committed five errors in an 11-7 loss to Pittsburg in Friday night’s three-game home series opener.
But the “Spaceman” came to the rescue Saturday evening.
Lee pitched 5-2/3 innings, while yielding six hits and three earned runs in posting Sonoma’s victory and breaking his own record as the oldest player to ever win a professional baseball game.