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 Capitalize on Opponent’s Mistakes, Win Fifth Straight
By Jordan Georgeson
The Lincoln Potters won their fifth game in a row tonight in a non-league contest against the Novato Knicks. The Knicks struck first in this one, scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning to get on the board early. That would be the only Knicks lead of the game however, as the Potters scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to pull ahead 3-1. The Potters added another run in the second on yet another wild pitch. The Knicks inched closer with a big solo shot in the fourth inning but once again the Potters answered quickly, putting up two more. Lincoln added another two in the sixth to finish up the scoring on the night in a game that they won 8-2. With this win the Potters have now won five games in a row.
Mason Holt was a key contributor to the Potter offense tonight, going 3-5 with a double, two singles, and an RBI in the contest. Trevor Haskins had a good night at the plate as well, with a big two-RBI single in the first inning to give the Potters the lead and swing the momentum in their direction. Jason Brandow added another RBI to his season total with a sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth inning that brought Jack Grant home. The Potters were aggressive on the basepaths tonight with nine stolen bases. Eddie Madrigal stole home in the fourth inning on a double steal that put the Potters up 5-2. The Potters took advantage of several mistakes by Novato, with three of their runs coming from passed balls or wild pitches.
Lincoln’s pitching was solid for the entire game, only giving up two hits in the contest. Jose Ledesma earned his first win of the season, going four innings and allowing just one hit and two runs. For the fourth straight night, the Potters bullpen shut down the opposing offense, and has allowed just two runs in their last twenty-five innings. Ryan Gallagher made his Potter debut on the mound tonight and retired the side in order in his only inning of work. Angel Cespedes had himself another solid outing, going two innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three. Ryan Bruno finished the game on the mound for the Potters and retired the side in order to shut the door on the Knicks.
The Potters go for the sweep in tomorrow’s Independence Day series finale with first pitch scheduled for 6:05pm. There will be a fireworks display immediately following the game. 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!
You can find tonight’s box score here.
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