Stacy Piagno becomes third woman to earn US men’s professional league win

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 03: Houston Astros practice baseballs before an MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners on April 3, 2017, at Minute Made Park in Houston, TX. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)
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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.

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.

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