McBean Stadium was rocking on Friday for Opening Night, with an attendance of 1,454. Anthony Perez (Cal State East Bay) set the tone early, with four scoreless innings, zero walks and five strikeouts, which put him in line for the win.
Perez was able to escape a jam in the 1st inning, thanks in part to a beautifully turned double play by SS JT Maloney (Sac City) and 2B Cade Sanchez (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).
The Potters bats came to life quickly in the second inning, starting with a double down the line from Brandon Springer (William Jessup). Landon Weiss (William Jessup), who got the call from first year manager Jon Peters to join the Potters three days prior to Opening Night, got the scoring started with an RBI single to center field, knocking in his William Jessup teammate. Cade Sanchez followed with a two-run single to extend the Potters lead to 4-0 after two innings.
The bullpen picked up right where Perez left off. Logan Bell (Bowling Green State) went two innings, notching three strikeouts, and allowing one unearned run, on an error by LF Zack Malone (Sacramento State), which plated the Knicks second run of the game.
Following the error, Bell found himself in a tight situation. With the help of 1,454 energetic Potter fans, he was able to record a crucial strikeout of Joey Taddie to end the inning.
Peyton Stumbo (UNR) closed it out for the Potters with two scoreless innings, striking out four. Stumbo earned the save as well, resulting in a final score of 5-2.
The Potters take game one of the three-game series with the Novato Knicks, and will take the field again tomorrow at 6:05 PM @ McBean Stadium for Strikeout Cancer Night with fireworks after the game.
Potters Fall to Stompers
The Lincoln Potters lost 8-4 to the Sonoma Stompers on Wednesday, falling to 10-4 on the season.
The Potters scored first. After Nolan Clifford (Creighton University) drew a walk to start the bottom of the third inning, Jeffrey David (University of New Mexico) slammed an RBI double off the left field wall scoring the game’s first run.
An RBI single by Davis Cop and a sacrifice fly by Jack Gallagher helped Sonoma claim a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning.
Despite allowing eight runs, the Potters showed promise defensively. In the second inning, Potter second baseman Chase Weissenborn (University of New Mexico) threw out a baserunner after diving to stop a ground ball. Short stop Nolan Clifford’s sound fielding of a hard-hit grounder and sharp throw to first base helped keep the Stompers scoreless in the fifth inning.
With the bases loaded for Sonoma and no outs in the eighth inning, David fielded a ground ball at third base and threw to catcher Troy Shields (Oklahoma Baptist University) at home for the force out. Shields then quickly threw to first base to complete the team's second double play of the night.
But a line drive single by Alexander Gouveia scored two runs, and a base hit by Max Handron scored another, extending the Stomper lead to 8-1.
Lincoln gained some momentum in their half of the eighth inning. Trevor Tishenkel (University of California, Berkeley) outran a Stomper throw to earn an infield single, and after Dan Pruitt (Oklahoma Baptist University) reached on a throwing error, Brandon Motheral (University of Pacific) brought both home by knocking a double off the wall in right field.
The Potters will face the Healdsburg Prune Packers on the road tomorrow.
You can find tonight's box score here.
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