Potters take three from Gems; close in on playoffs
At 28-20, the Lincoln Potters remain in second place in the Great West League. Last week, the Potters lost two out of three games to the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox at Colusa Casino Stadium.
After losing a close 9-8 game July 16, Lincoln got on a roll in game two and won 20-2.
The Potters lost the final game of the series in a slug fest 16-13.
Lincoln had nine home runs in the series, three by Brian Morley, but struggled when it came to pitching. The Potters knew they would have to clean that up back home when they faced the Klamath Falls Gems last weekend in the final series before All-Star break.
Potters 9, Gems 0
The third and final game of the series came on a warm, breezy Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 801. Jakob Frederick took the mound for Lincoln, coming into the game as the fourth best pitcher in the GWL.
The Gems sent Brooks Juhasz out for his ninth start of the season.
Frederick showed why he is one of the best, pitching six scoreless innings before being replaced by Ewan Armstrong.
“I had a lot of control with the fastball. It was great to have the defense behind me as well,” said Frederick.
Lincoln also kept their bats warm, starting strong with five runs in the first inning.
The Potters never looked back. Closer Tyler Cochran shut Klamath Falls down in the ninth to complete the sweep.
Potters Manager Ryan Stevens stated, “Our pitching was outstanding; we had a couple newcomers in Armstrong and Cody Lindsey. It was exciting we got the shutout.
Stevens added, “I like where we are at heading into All-Star break, there’s a lot of fight in us.”
Potters 10, Gems 6
Game two featured more Potter’s batting action, as they scored seven runs in the first two innings. Even with some shaky pitching in the beginning, Lincoln bounced back.
Former Lincoln High hurlers Craig Schmich and Elijah Garcia combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, helping the Potters to emerge victorious.
Potters 10, Gems 6
Lincoln won the first game off some great pitching by Josh Savea. Savea only gave up two runs in six innings.
Charles Middleton and Will Law both homered to help the Potters win the opener.
The Potters finish up a three-game series against the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox Thursday and play the San Francisco Seals this weekend in their final regular season series at home.