Potters back into second after Sox sweep
The Lincoln Potters baseball team played one game against the Heat in Chico and the 4th of July game at McBean Stadium. The teams split, each taking a game at home.
The series concludes Thursday in Lincoln at 6:35 p.m.
Leading up to spectacular 4th of July fireworks, the Potters put on a fireworks display at the plate Wednesday in the third inning, scoring seven runs. The defense held up and the local club came away with a holiday win 12-11.
In the bottom of the third trailing 5-0, Chico’s pitching broke down. The Heat followed Zach Patterson’s double with four walks and a hit batter. After Patterson, Austen Swift and Charles Middleton scored; Larry Fonseca came to the plate and delivered a grand slam home run.
Dylan Smethurst, Joe Starick and Alonzo Rubalcaba all crossed the dish courtesy of Fonseca.
A 7-5 lead on Chico is seldom enough, so the Potters put five more runs across in the sixth and seventh innings and then hung on for the win.
In the sixth, Starick lit things up with the home club’s second grand slam of the evening to clear the bases of Brian Morley, Middleton and Will Law.
Morley put the cap on the evening’s baseball fireworks with a solo shot, which proved to be the winning run.
Pitcher Nolan Murphy got the win and Tyler Cochran the save. The Potters are the only team to have beaten Chico three times this season.
Heat 3, Potters 1
Swift drove home Starick in the first inning, but Chico came back with runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to claim game one of the series.
GOLD SOX SERIES
The Lincoln Potters paid an inhospitable visit to Colusa Casino Stadium last weekend and took out the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox in three straight games.
Trailing 5-4 in Sunday’s ninth inning, Morley hit a solo home run and Law hit a two-run double to beat the Sox 8-5. Fonseca scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice
Tyler Gums relieved Travis Parker and retired the side to secure the victory.
In Saturday’s slugfest, Lincoln had six homers, two each by Middleton and Swift, to win 18-11. Skipper Ryan Stevens was able to send 16 players to the plate, where nine got hits.
Micah Gunter got the win, sharing the mound with Jakob Frederick and Ian Manzo.
The Potters used a three-run eighth inning to subdue the Gold Sox 11-8 Friday.
Swift and Morely took two out of the park, with both collecting three RBIs apiece.
Brock Ragatz picked up the win and Cochran the save.