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 Potters drop the third game of the series to the Chico Heat 8-5. The Potters were down 5-0 after 6 innings. Heat starter Shane Gustafsen went 6 innings allowed only 3 hits and struck out 10. Sam Abernathy came on to relieve him in the 7th inning and Brian Morley tripled to lead off the inning. Morley also doubled earlier in the game and went 2-3 on the night. Smethurst and Patterson were both hit by pitches to load the bases for Charles Middleton. Middleton singled home 2 to get the Potters on the board. After Fonseca reached on an error to make the score 5-3, the Heat got 2 outs. Walker Dodero pinch hit for Joe Starick and drove in the other 2 runs to get the Potters to even at 5 after 7.
In the top of the 8th, Justin Smith allowed the first two men to reach which brought in Travis Parker. Parker gave up a soft hit to load the bases. After turning a double play it looked like the Potters may get out of the inning but after another walk Jordan Parker doubled to clear the bases to give the Heat an 8-5 lead. Blake Bonner would make the lead hold up as the Potters fall to 7-5 while the Heat improve to 8-3.
The winning pitcher was Blake Bonner who went 2 and 2/3 innings allowing only 2 hits and one walk while striking out 5. Travis Parker takes the loss for the Potters.
The Potters play 2 against the Seals in Alameda before returning home for 3 against the Gold Sox starting on Friday night. You can buy tickets here: Tickets
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