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Potters Sweep Solano, Clinch Playoff Spot

Recap 7/14
GAME 1: After Saturday night’s game was suspended due to curfew with the game tied 8-8 heading into extra innings, the Potters came out Sunday afternoon and took care of business as they won in the eleventh inning by way of a Jordyn Berry (1-1, 1 1B, 1 RBI) walk-off RBI single to defeat the Solano Mudcats 9-8 Tyler Gums came on in relief to start the tenth inning and never gave the Mudcats a chance. He received his first win of the season after only needing to throw 16 total pitches to get through 2.0 innings, striking out one. Zach Bushling (2 1B, 1 R) roped a line drive single into right field to lead off the bottom of the eleventh inning and was later advanced to second thanks to a Thomas Greely (1 1B) sacrifice bunt. Berry then came to the plate and with two strikes smoked a ball into left field that brought home Bushling to clinch a series win for the Potters and start the afternoon off right. Isaiah Garcia (1 2B, 2 RBI) was a key factor in the Potters win as he delivered the two-RBI double that tied the game at eight in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lorenzo Debrecht (1 2B, 2 1B, 2 RBI) stayed hot at the plate as well, adding three hits to his season total and increasing his batting average on the season to .415. GAME 2: In the final game of the series Sunday night, the Lincoln Potters completed their four-game sweep of the Solano Mudcats, coming back from a four-run deficit to win by a final score of 11-8. With the win, the Potters clinch their spot in the CCL North playoffs against the Healdsburg Prune Packers. Travis Parker gets the win after shutting down the Mudcats in the seventh and tossing a scoreless eighth inning. While Blake Hearns receives the save after throwing a scoreless ninth inning and striking out every batter he faced. Caleb Hill received the loss for Solano. The Potter bats remained hot as they connected for 12 hits on the night and blasted three more home runs. After giving up two runs in the first, Matt Lopez (1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI) connected for his third home run of the season to bring the Potters back to within one. After giving up three more runs to the Mudcats, Zach Arnold (1 HR, 2 RBI) stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the fifth inning and smashed the ball off the net behind the right field fence for a two-run home run, his third of the season, that trimmed the Mudcats lead down to two. With the Potters getting another back in the sixth, the Mudcats extend their lead to 8-4 in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half of the inning Arnold got on base with a single, followed up by Lorenzo Debrecht (1 2B) and Tanner O’Tremba (1 HR, 1 RBI) reaching as well to load the bases. Lopez then came to the plate and drove a double down the left field line to bring in two runs. After Solano intentionally walked Parker Kelly (2 1B, 1 BB) to load the bases again, Grant Burton (1 2B, 1 1B, 2 RBI) made them pay as he drove a line drive single into left field to bring in two more runs and tying the game. The Potters then took the lead after an error by the Mudcats shortstop brought Kelly across, with Isaiah Garcia (1 1B) singling later in the inning to bring in Burton to give Lincoln a two-run lead. O’Tremba wanted more insurance runs though, as he blasted his third home-run of the season over the right field fence to give the Potters a three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth. Blake Hearns came in to close out the game and blew it by the Mudcats, clinching the sweep and the playoff spot. The Potters now sit at a 20-12-1 record overall, with a 12-8 record in the CCL North. Lincoln will now travel to San Francisco for a two-game series with the Seals before returning to face the CCL North leading Healdsburg Prune Packers on Thursday, July 18. Come out to the ballpark as it will be another Feather Falls Thirsty Thursday with $2 Feather Fall beers. Gates will open at 5:35 p.m., with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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