Sonoma welcomed home its 2016 championship team, the Sonoma Stompers, on Tuesday night. The ballpark (save for the far bleachers) was sold out for the team’s first home game according to new team owner Jon Sebastiani.
The Stompers went 41-31 on their way to a Pacific Association championship in 2016, and returned to Sonoma after a nine-game road trip to start the 2017 season. The Stompers arrived for their first home games in first place.
Each Stompers homestand in 2017 will work to support a local Sonoma nonprofit or cause. The first home series honored longtime Sonoma Valley High baseball coach Don Lyons for his commitment to education and youth sports. A portion of the proceeds during the homestand will be donated El Verano Elementary School’s after school programs in Lyons’ name. The Stompers will also be taking donations on his behalf.
Some special events coming up at the ballpark include a Father’s Day party on June 24; Out at the Ballpark/LGBT night on June 25; Marty Lurie Night on June 29; Indepedence Day and Fireworks Night on July 4; Women in Sports Day on July 6; Napa Night to celebrate the additional of the Napa Silverados to the Pacific Association in 2018; Bocce Night on July 22; and Star Wars Night/Fan Appreciation Weekend on Aug. 19 and 20.