Stacy Piagno becomes third woman since 1950 to earn a win in a men’s professional league

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On Saturday, Sonoma Stompers pitcher Stacy Piagno earned her first win against the Pittsburg Diamonds. In doing so, she became the third woman to earn a win in a men’s professional league since 1950.

Stompers president and GM Theo Fightmaster, via the Stompers’ website:

This was a great night for Stacy and a fantastic night for baseball. 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.

Piagno:

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.

This team is my family, in and out. That’s something that I even thought of before the game. These guys are my family, they have my back.

The Stompers made headlines last year when the club signed Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore, becoming the first team to have multiple women on its roster since the 1950’s.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.