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.
Walker Dodero's pinch hit walk off single lead the Potters to a 7-6 victory over the San Francisco Seals.
The Potters entered the 9th inninng down 6-4. Logan Wurm lead off the inning by reaching first base after being hit by a pitch. Max Modeste then came into pinch run for Wurm and advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Charles Middleton the resulted in both runners being safe. Grant St. Martin walked up the plate and on a 1-1 pitch drove a ball to the wall to tie the game with a double. St. Martin went 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks. Dylan Smethurst followed with sac bunt to get St. Martin over to third base. Walker Dodero entered the game to pinch hit for Zach Patterson and wasted no time in ending the game. Dodero swung at a first pitch fastball and drove over the center fielder's head to drive in St. Martin and win the game. Dodero said afterwards "After facing him yesterday, I knew how to handle his fastball and that's what I was looking for".
Jacob Frederick, the starting pitcher for the Potters, worked into the 8th inning. Frederick's final line was 7 1/3 inninngs, 7 hits, 6 runs only 3 of them earned runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Frederick was able to give the bullpen some needed rest by working into the 8th inninng. Micah Gunter finished the inninng in relief. Brock Ragatz pitched the 9th inning allowing a hit and recording a strike out. Ragatz would get the win for the Potters.
Dylan Smethurst went 2-4 with an RBI. Logan Wurm went 2-4 with a run scored. The Potters improve to 3-3 and the Seals fall to 1-4.
The Potters are back at it tonight for the series opener against the Klamath Falls: Gems. Game time is 6:35 and gates open 5:30. You can buy tickets here: Tickets
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