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 Win in Wild Military Appreciation Night
By Jordan Georgeson
The Lincoln Potters defeated the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox 13-9 in a wild Military Appreciation Night game to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Gold Sox once again jumped out to an early lead scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning after capitalizing on a few Potter errors. The Potters would answer back with 2 in the bottom of the 1st after taking advantage of the Gold Sox errors in return. The Gold Sox jumped out to a 6-2 lead but the Potters once again proved to be a team that refused to quit. After several lead changes the Potters would finally come out on top 13-9. Both teams combined for 11 errors in total.
Catcher Cameron Carr had a big night at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two singles and a double. Carr would also add 2 runs to his total including what would be the eventual winning run. Kade Turnage impressed again at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 2 walks on the night as well. Turnage also added 2 RBI in the contest.
One of the bright spots on the mound was pitcher and seasoned Potter veteran Eli Garcia pitching in relief. Garcia pitched 3 innings and only allowed 1 hit and 1 earned run while striking out 3 batters and earning the win. Josh Cohen once again entered in the 9th to close the game out and did just that with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning.
The Potters are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they welcome back the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox to McBeanto wrap up the opening series.. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm for the Potters first Sunday Funday of the season. Watch the Potters live on Facebook and listen on Potters Radio via the mixlr app. Also follow along on twitter @LincolnPotters to get live updates!
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