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 lost on Wednesday night 9-4. The Rogues scored in 3 consecutive innings with 2 in the 2nd, 1 in the third, and 2 in the fourth which would end up being enough for the Rogues thanks to Chase Spinning out of the Rogues bullpen who came on in the 4th inning with nobody out and the bases loaded. Spinning then got a pop out, a strikeout, and a weak ground ball back to him to end the rally and limit the damage to just one run in that inning. Spinning worked 4 innings out of the bullpen, allowed 3 hits, 1 run, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. He ended up getting the win in the game. The Potters fall out of 2nd place and are now 15-11 while the Rogues improve to 16-11 and are now in 2nd place.
Nathan Gilman took the loss in the game as he worked 3 and a third innings allowing 10 hits 5 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. James Hayden Nabers made his season debut and was great out of the bullpen working 2 and two thirds innings allowing 2 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and struck out 2 hitters.
Charles Middleton, Austen Swift, and Jack Rotteveel all picked up 2 hits and RBI in the game. Jack Rotteveel had 2 RBI while both Middleton and Swift only had 1.
The Potters will be in Marysville for a 3 game weekend series this weekend before returning home for a 4th of July showdown with the first place Chico Heat.
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