Potters take three from visiting Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox
The Lincoln Potters were on a five-game winning streak after a three-game sweep over the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox last weekend. But after opening against the red-hot Heat Tuesday at McBean Stadium, the streak was broken.
The Chico club outslugged the local nine for an 8-6 win to remain on the top of the Great West League Standings and dropped the Potters two and a half games back.
Against the Gold Sox, the Potters won the first game of the series 14-6 Friday night. Lincoln had three innings with four runs scored along with a home run each from Joe Starick and Chase Matheny.
Elijah Garcia got the win after pitching four innings and giving up three runs.
The second game of the series came on a cool Saturday night in front of a packed house for Star Wars night that included fireworks. On the mound for the Potters was Hector Sepulveda, who was ready for his third start of the season.
The evening didn’t start out well for the locals, as the Gold Sox came out swinging for two runs in the first off two hits. After adding another run in the third the score was 3-0 Yuba-Sutter heading into the fourth, when Lincoln began to heat up.
In the fourth, the Potters scored seven runs off six hits, one being a three-run home run by Will Law who came into the game batting .255.
“The home run felt great. I’ve been working really hard in the cages and it was great to finally see it pay off. Our team did a great job battling back tonight,” said Law.
Even after the huge inning by Lincoln, the Gold Sox did not go down without a fight.
Yuba-Sutter scored three runs in the sixth to make it a 7-6 ballgame and put the pressure on the Potters. However, with great relief pitching, Lincoln held the Gold Sox scoreless heading into the ninth.
Lincoln closer, Travis Parker, struck out the side to give the Potters the victory 7-6.
After the game, Potter Coach Jon Peters said “Our guys are really seeing the ball well. We got shut down in the beginning, but we are always a big hit away. It’s also nice not having to put up 10 runs, knowing that their bullpen has their back.” Peters added “To win tomorrow our bats have to stay hot and expecting Jakob Frederick to give us all he has on the mound.”
The final game of the series featured another offensive display from both teams. Lincoln had a five-run eighth inning that featured home runs from Charles Middleton and Alonzo Rubalcaba. The final score was 14-7 Potters.
Lincoln now stands at 13-5 and alone in second place. The Potters close out their series with the league leaders Wednesday and Thursday, both games start at 6:35 p.m.
This weekend, Lincoln heads north to Klamath Falls to take on the Gems. Klamath Falls fell into fifth place after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Medford Rogues Tuesday.