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.
The Lincoln Potters showed their offensive potency, racking up 12 hits in a 10-8 win over the Arroyo Seco Saints.
Coming into the night having lost eight of their last nine games, the Potters battled to win a game which included three lead changes.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said Manager Ryan Stevens. “It’s something we’ve been emphasizing to them. It’s only a matter of time to keep fighting back. When we get guys in scoring position, we have to find a way to get them across the plate. That’s been our biggest downfall as of late. I hope this is the flip of the page for us to start playing better baseball.”
Arroyo Seco scored first in the second inning. After Peyton Holt drew a two-out walk and stole second base, Jordan Rogers hit a groundball single up the middle giving the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Potters showcased fantastic fielding and hitting in the third inning. First baseman JT Waldon (Folsom Lake College) caught a bouncing throw to retire one Saint batter, and Trey Furrey (Oklahoma Baptist University) snagged a hard-hit grounder at third base before slinging to first to retire another Saint. Craig Schmich recorded his second strikeout to end the half inning.
The Potters scored four runs on four hits in their half of the third inning. After Jeffrey David (University of New Mexico) was hit by a pitch, Chase Stanke (University of Minnesota) slammed a home run over the left field wall. Waldon placed a broken-bat single into left field, followed by RBI singles by Furrey and Brandon Motheral (University of Pacific) which gave the Potters a 4-1 lead.
Furrey batted 4-for-5 with three RBI.
Arroyo Seco scored five runs in the fourth inning, including an RBI single by Rogers, a two-RBI single by Jacob Sanchez, a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Bauser, and a sacrifice bunt by Dylan Johnson.
The Potters reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning. Chase Weissenborn (University of New Mexico) reached base on a walk. And when David sped to first base after hitting a ground ball, the throw sailed over first base, allowing Weissenborn to race around the bases and score. Stanke and Waldon walked to load the bases, and Furrey ripped a groundball single into right field to tie the game. Stanke ran home after a wild pitch, giving the Potters a 7-6 lead.
Lincoln manufactured its eighth run in the fifth inning. Cort MacDonald got his second hit before advancing on a bunt by Weissenborn, later scoring on a flyball by David.
Both halves of the eighth inning proved key for the Potters. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Sturgeon (Louisiana State University-Shreveport) retired the Saint side, protecting Lincoln’s one-run lead. After Stanke walked in the bottom half, Waldon cracked a double down the third base line. Furrey followed with an RBI single, giving the Potters their tenth run.
Waldon batted 2-for-4 including a walk.
Kyson Donahue homered in the ninth inning for the Saints, cutting the Potter lead to two runs. But Sturgeon tallied his sixth and seventh strikeouts to seal the win, 10-8.
You can find tonight's box score here.
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