Sonoma Stompers right-handed pitcher Stacy Piagno made some history over the weekend en route to leading the club to a 16-1 victory over the Pittsburg Diamonds. As a result of the Saturday outing, Piagno became one of only three women since the 1950s to earn a win in an American men’s professional baseball league.
“It’s always a thought in your mind, especially in our situation coming in here as a female, can I really be successful? Can I go deep in the game? I’m not just out here for a hoax. It proves to myself that yes, all the hard work can pay off and yes, I can be successful out here,” Piagno said, via the team’s official website.
.@StacyPiagno becomes one of just three women to earn a win in an American men's professional league since the 1950's.
— Sonoma Stompers (@SonomaStompers) July 16, 2017
Piagno, who was making her first start of the season on Saturday, tossed seven innings of work while allowing one earned run on four hits. She set a new career-high in innings pitched in a single game, which marked her third appearance of 2017.
“This was a great night for Stacy and a fantastic night for baseball,” added Stompers president and general manager Theo Fightmaster. “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.”
The Stompers, an independent professional baseball team, are a franchise based out of California and currently play as part of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. Sonoma originated as an independent professional baseball team back in 2014.
“Being a role model for younger girls, that was something that I never had growing up,” Piagno said.