Potters battle for second after Heat series

Playoffs begin in August
By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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The Lincoln Potters were 20-16 on the season and are in a tie for second place with the Medford Rogues in the Great West League.

Last week, Lincoln took on the Heat in a three game series, with one game being played in Chico while the other two were home at McBean Stadium. After losing the first game away at Nettleton Stadium 3-1, the Potters came back home for the 4th of July and played in front of a sold-out crowd.

After going down early 5-0, Lincoln stormed back with seven runs in the third inning. Four runs came off a grand slam by Larry Fonseca. The Potters scored four more in the sixth and then fended off a late push by the Heat to emerge victorious 12-11 to even the series at one apiece.

The third and final game of the series came on a warm Thursday evening in front of a crowd of 853. Walker Dodero took the mound for the Potters, coming in at 0-2 on the season and looking to get his first win. For Chico, former Rocklin High pitcher Shane Gustafsen took the mound, coming in at 3-0 on the season with a 2.48 ERA.

The first two innings looked like the game was going to be a pitcher’s duel. That changed when the Heat scored seven runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings. Lincoln tried to fight back with a pair of runs in the seventh and ninth innings, but Chico’s early offense proved too much, as the Potters fell 7-4 losing two of the series three games.

“We ran into a great starting pitcher tonight, but we did battle,” said Potters manager Ryan Stevens. “We didn’t play well in the infield, but we have guys who are veterans on our team and they will bounce back.”

Lincoln had 12 errors in the three-game series.


Lincoln followed the Chico series playing at the San Francisco Seals. The Potters lost three of four games by one run each.

Lincoln travels to Klamath Falls to play the Gems and will be home this weekend to play the Medford Rogues – Potter Up!