Potters battle to stay No. 2 in league standings
The Lincoln Potters played host to the Medford Rogues over the weekend, with the Rogues hot on the local nine’s heels in the Great West League Standings.
On a warm Sunday evening in front of 614 fans, Hector Sepulveda (1-1) took the mound for the Potters. Medford pitcher Bailey Daguio made his first start of the season for the Rogues.
Medford scored seven runs in the first two innings to put Lincoln down early. Rogues’ catcher James Bell ripped a three-run double to help his team’s cause.
But the Potters responded with four runs in the bottom of the second, two off an RBI double by third baseman and former Fighting Zebra Brennan Rozell. Lincoln had a chance for more, but left the bases loaded.
In the third frame, the Rogues scored once and the Potters three times, making it an 8-7 slugfest. The game continued in Medford’s favor, scoring four in the fifth. Lincoln came back with one, but again left the bases loaded.
The final score was 15-11 Rogues and put Medford a half game back of Lincoln for second place.
“Tonight, we once again battled as a team and, since we continue to do that, we’re a scary team to face, said Potters’ manager Ryan Stevens. “That speaks volumes about the guys we have since they never give up.”
Stevens said his club needs to make simple plays (3 errors) and limit bases on balls (8), and gave up seven doubles and a triple.
“If we limit this going forward we’ll be OK,” Stevens added.
Saturday featured a packed house and a nail-biter. The game remained neck and neck until the eighth inning, when the Potters scored two runs to go up 7-5.
Closer Tyler Cochran picked up the win, shutting down Medford in the ninth.
Friday, Lincoln trailed 7-4 heading into the eighth inning; however, the Rogues scored nine runs over the final two innings for a 16-5 victory.
KLAMATH FALLS GEMS
Prior to the Medford series, the Potters swept the Gems, collecting six home runs in the series. Will Law and Joe Starick had two each.