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 were able to even the series at 1 with an 8-2 win on Wednesday night. The pitching for the Potters was able to hold the Chico Heat scoreless for 6 innings in the game. Walker Dodero went 4 innings and allowed 3 hits, 3 walks, no runs, and struck out two. Manager Ryan Stevens said after the game, "He (Walker) is never fazed out there on the mound. Never let's his emotions get the best of him and tonight he showed why, getting some big double plays and outs to keep them scoreless which was big mentally for us"
The bullpen of the Potters went the next 5 innings starting with Tyler Cochran who got the win for the Potters. Cochran went an inning and didn't allow a run. Then Grant St. Martin came into the game and allowed a homerun to Cole Lemmel but struck out 2 Heat hitters in 2 innings of work. Josh Ludeman closed the game out and earned the save for the Potters as he went 2 innings allowing 2 hits, 1 run, and struck out 3 batters. Stevens said "We needed to keep them down as long as we could so I went to the best guys I had available and they delivered tonight." The Potters improve to 13-6 while the Heat fall to 14-4.
The Potters offense scored 5 runs in the first inning thanks to a grand slam by Zach Patterson. The Potters have had 5 different players hit grand slams this year. The Potters also got 3 runs in the 5th inning thanks to a Johnny Pacheco single and a Tyler Detloff two RBI single. When asked after the game about how the Potters have had new players make instant impact on the games when they arrive, Ryan Stevens said "It makes easy on us, they come in ready to go and have an impact right away. The guys who have been here make it easy for the guys who are just getting here because everyone supports one another in that clubhouse, everyone has each other's backs. Makes the transition smoother and the play a lot better. It's a great thing to be apart of"
Tyler Detloff continues to swing a hot bat as he has 2 hits in every game he's played in so far this season. He has also racked up an incredible 10 RBI already this season. Larry Fonseca also continues to produce going 2-4 with a run scored. Jon Mook went 2-2 and reached base in every plate appearance he had.
The Potters look to win the series tonight with first pitch being at 6:35 and gates opening at 5:30. You can buy tickets here: Tickets
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