Stacy Piagno earns first win with Sonoma Stompers
Stacy Piagno earned a win for all women last year when she and Kelsie Whitmore, two players on the U.S. women's national baseball team, debuted for the Sonoma Stompers, an Independent League team.
Now she has a win of her own.
Piagno made more history Saturday with her strongest outing of her Stompers career, throwing seven strong innings in Sonoma's 16-1 win over the Pittsburg Diamonds at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field.
"This was a great night for Stacy and a fantastic night for baseball," Stompers president and general manager Theo Fightmaster said in a news release. "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."
While she went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in eight games (three starts) last season, Piagno, 26, struck out four batters and allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings in her first start (third appearance) of the 2017 season. Piagno (1-0) allowed only one hit after the second inning, retiring the final 11 batters and 16 of the final 17 she faced.
How historic was Piagno's victory? She became the third woman since the 1950s to win an American men's professional league game.
"I'm not just out here for a hoax," Piagno said in a news release. "It proves to myself that yes, all the hard work can pay off and yes, I can be successful out here."
Her team certainly supported her. The Stompers scored four runs in the first inning, led 7-1 after three and scored four more in the sixth in the blowout to improve to 27-11. Whitmore also chipped in by going 1-for-5 with a walk and a run scored.
"This team is my family, in and out," Piagno said in the release. "That's something that I even thought of before the game. These guys are my family, they have my back."