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 Pitching Dominant is Series Finale vs Gold Sox
By Jordan Georgeson
The Potters shut the Gold Sox bats down all afternoon to win the weekend finale 10-3 and sweep the opening series. The Potters got ahead early, scoring 2 runs in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd to jump out to a 5-0 lead. They added more insurance in the 5th to stretch the lead to 6-0. The Gold Sox were able to manage a small rally of 3 runs in the 6th but the Potters answered back with a 4 run 8th inning to win the game 10-3.
Trace Willhoite, Mike Shoenberger, and Quinton Hall made up a majority of the Potters’ offense for the day, with each player bringing in 2 RBI. Hall continues to impress at the plate as he is still batting above .500 to start out the season. His 2 RBI today brings his season total up to 13. WIllhoite is not far behind as he brought his 11th run of the season home.
The story of the day was by far the pitching by the Potters. Starter Easton Turnage became an instant fan favorite in his Potter debut with 5 innings pitched, no runs allowed, and 11 strikeouts on the day. Turnage earned the win as well. Jose Ledesma entered the game in relief and pitched 3 innings, striking out 4. Ledesma was thrown into the lineup quickly as he reported to the Potters last night and has already become a critical piece to the Lincoln bullpen.
The Potters have Memorial Day off tomorrow but will welcome the Sacramento Yankees to town on Tuesday for the first of a brief two game series. First pitch for both games will be at 6:05pm. 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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