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 Fend Off Mudcats For Sixth Straight Win
By Jordan Georgeson
The Lincoln Potters won their sixth straight game tonight with their victory over the Solano Mudcats. The Mudcats struck early, stringing several hits together in the first inning to get on the board. Lincoln answered back quickly once again, putting up three runs in the first inning to take a 3-1 lead. The score stayed the same until the fifth inning, where the Potters put up four to bust the game wide open. The Potters added a run in the sixth and the two teams traded runs in the eighth. Solano fought back in the ninth, scoring two on a big homer but were unable to bring anyone else across the plate and the Potters held on for a 9-4 victory. The Potters remain in second place in the CCL North and now have a five game lead over the Mudcats in third.
Trey Furrey had yet another impressive night at the plate, with a two-run homer, double, and three runs batted in. Furrey now has three extra base hits in the last two games. Garret Forrester brought one run home with a fielder’s choice in the first. Jeffrey David added a run with an RBI triple in the fifth while Drew Stahl and Chase Stanke each added one with RBI singles. Matt Voelker had a big RBI double in the sixth inning that put the Potters up 8-1. The Potters scored their final run of the game in the eighth inning off of a wild pitch. The Potters totaled nine runs on ten hits and left nine runners on base.
Starter Owen Cuffe earned his first win of the season in the contest, going five innings and allowing just three hits and one run. Cuffe retired eight batters on strikes as well. Logan Bell entered the game in relief in the sixth inning and pitched three innings for the Potters. Bell allowed one run on two hits and struck out four in the contest. Skylar Wells closed things out for the Potters on the mound and was able to fend off a late inning rally by the Mudcats to allow the Potters to hold on for the win.
The Potters are back in action tomorrow night against the Mudcats to wrap up their brief two-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 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!
You can find tonight’s box score here.
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