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.
Another beautiful night for baseball at McBean Stadium. Los Pavorreales took on the Menlo Park Legends for the second game of a three game series. Yes you read that correctly, it was Hispanic Heritage Night at the yard, and as a result the Potters turned into Los Pavorreales for the evening.
Tyler Stewart (Sac State) toed the slab as the starting pitcher. Stewart had a phenomenal outing and was able to set the tone for the entire night. Similar to Anthony Perez (Cal State East Bay) from last night, Stewart found himself in an early jam, but was able to rebound and settle in quickly.
Stewart racked up the punchouts in tonight's ball game, totaling eight. He finished his outing going four innings, only allowing one run. Stewart continued what hopes to be a trend of longer outings for Los Pavorreales as they approach CCL league play.
A first inning offensive explosion helped Los Pavorreales put the game out of reach early. A leadoff single from Aiden Isola (Sac City) and a HBP of Zach Chamizo (UC Riverside), set up the team leader in RBI, Cade Sanchez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Sanchez did what he always does, and delivered a two run single which gave Los Pavorreales a 2-1 lead.
The runs did not stop there for Los Pavorreales. An RBI hit by pitch of JT Maloney (Sac City) and an RBI walk from Landon Weiss (William Jessup) extended Los Pavorreales' lead to four. A throwing error from Anthony Nunez allowed two more runs to cross in the first inning, making it a 6-1 game.
The game looked to be smooth sailing for Los Pavorreales. Gabe Maya (LMU) followed Tyler Stewart on the mound. Maya worked three innings, allowing two runs. Los Pavorreales quickly made those runs up, thanks to an RBI fielder's choice from Brandon Springer (William Jessup) and a two run single from JT Maloney (Sac City).
Los Pavorreales continued to be patient at the plate, racking up thirteen walks on the night, bringing the total to twenty nine in the first two games of the series. An RBI walk from Zack Malone (Sac State) extended Los Pavorreales lead to twelve.
The Legends attempted to make a late game comeback in the eighth inning. Kai Burdick (University of San Francisco) will look to turn the page after his outing tonight. Burdick walked the first two batters he faced, then hit the next two he faced. An RBI single from Jacob Froess and another free pass issued from Burdick, forced Jon Peters to make a call to the bullpen.
Grant Kelly (College of Southern Nevada) took over for the final two innings of the game. He shut the door and helped extend Los Pavorreales win streak to three games.
Los Pavorreales take the field again on Sunday, to close out the three game series with Menlo Park. As always, it is Military Appreciation Day. Veterans and family get in for free at McBean Stadium. First pitch is at 1:05PM, gates open at 12:05PM.
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