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.
The Potters Swept the Klamath Falls Gems after Saturday Night's 9-0 shutout victory. The Potters got an All-Star Level performance from starter Jakob Frederick. Frederick went 6 innings allowing only 4 hits, 1 walk and striking out 7 over the 6 innings. "That was probably the best I've seen him pitch all summer. He located his fastball, had a good changeup and good curveball. When he locates the fastball, the guy is tough to hit and he proved that tonight." said Manager Ryan Stevens after the game when asked about his starter. Jakob Frederick was named the Great West League pitcher of the week after the performance, Frederick said "I went out there and tried to attack. Wurm was good behind the plate, called a good game and helped me out back out there."
The bullpen combination of Ewan Armstrong, Cody Lindsey, and Tyler Cochran fired 3 scoreless lnnings allowing 3 walks, 2 hits and struck out 2. "We ask our reliever to come out and attack the zone and tonight we got exactly that. They attacked and got out defense involved which is what they are trying to do." The defense for the Potters only committed 1 error in the game on foul ball that dropped. When asked about the recent surge of good play from the defense Ryan Stevens said "When the pitchers throw strikes the defense is always on their toes and ready for the ball and that's what we've gotten here recently. It's good for our defense to get going now as we get close to playoffs, going to keep us in a lot of games."
The Potters offense scored 5 runs in the first inning for the 2nd night in a row as they got 2 run singles from Kyle Johnson and Kenny LeBeau. The Potters would get one more in the third inning on a Brennan Rozell sac fly. Austen Swift would hit a solo home run in the 4th inning, his 6th of the seaon. Charles Middleton would single home 2 more runs in the 7th inning to make it a 9-0 game. Middleton went 2-5 with 2 RBI and Austen Swift went 3-5 with 2 runs scored in the game. The Potters improve to 28-20 and the Gems fall to 18-31 heading into the All-Star Break.
The Potters will be back in town on Tuesday to start a series against the Yuba Sutter Gold Sox to begin the 6 games in 6 day stretch to end the final homestand of the season. You can buy tickets here: Tickets
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