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The Potters Fall to the Dark Side to Close Out Series

Saturday night McBean Stadium had a sold-out crowd for Star Wars Night, during which the Potters fell to the Dark Side against the San Francisco Seals, 13-12 in the tenth inning Sunday afternoon. The game was suspend Saturday night due to time and an existing city noise ordinance until Sunday afternoon, when the Potters were given one last chance to fight back in the bottom of the tenth. Grant Woodside took the loss, giving up three runs in a 0.33 of an inning. Seals pitcher Alex Schmitz picked up the win, throwing 1.67 innings, giving up just one run and striking out four Potter batters. The save went Nick Scrubba, who threw 1.0 inning and gave up two runs. The game was not looking good early on, when the Potters faced a nine-run deficit after three innings. The Potters pitchers’ gave up 13 free passes, six of those walks were in the third inning. The Seals pitchers’ also had 17 free passes, allowing the Potters right back into the ball game. The Seals' pitchers could not find the strike zone in the bottom of the eighth inning, walking six Potter batters who would all all score, closing in on the Seals but still behind 10-9. In the ninth inning the Potters were making noise with two walks and a bunt single by Zach Arnold. Lorenzo Debrecht came to the plate, hoping to tie or potentially win the game, however a wild pitch hit the umpire bringing in Nolan Young to tie the game 10-10. Due to umpire injury, the game was delayed for 45 minutes, ultimately ending the Potters’ momentum. Grant Woodside came into pitch for the Potters in the tenth inning, hoping to keep the Seals at 10 runs. Woodside could not get out of the inning, only pitching 0.33 and giving up three runs. Tyler Mead finished the inning before the time and noise ordinance was called. On Sunday afternoon, the Potters were not going down without a fight. They scored two runs, ending the game with a runner at third base and the winning run still at first base. Thomas Greely reached first base with a walk while Jake Plecas reached first base with a hit by pitch. Matt Lopez continued to swing his hot bat (3-for-5, 3 1B, 2 RBI’s, and 2 BB), driving in Greely. Later in the inning Mattie Thomas drove in Zach Arnold, who reached base on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning. With this loss, the Potters fall to 9-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play. Sunday Evening Game: On a warm Fathers Day Sunday evening at McBean Stadium, the Potters lost a nail biter to the San Francisco Seals 6-5, losing the series 3-1. Sam Gomez picked up the win, throwing 3.33 innings and just allowing one Potters run. Nathan Lemos gets the loss after giving up three runs in 1.0 innings. The Potters were down three runs after three innings, two of which came in the first inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Zach Arnold hit a screaming line drive, down the right field line for a triple, to bring in speedsters Jake Plecas (1-for-3, 2B and a run) and Zach Bushling (1-for-3, 1B, BB, and two runs), cutting the Seals lead 3-2. The Potters were not done yet with the extra base hits. In the sixth inning Daniel Susac (1-for-4, 2B, an RBI, and a run) smashed a double in the left center game to drive in Zach Patterson. The next Potter batter Lorenzo Debrecht (2-for-3, 1B, 2B, an RBI, and a run), crushes an identical double to bring in Susac. In the seventh inning Nathan Lemos came into pitch for the Potters having a 4-3 lead. After one inning pitched Lemos gave up three Seals runs. The Potters lost momentum, only scoring one run by a Matt Lopez ground out (1-for-4, 1B, and an RBI), scoring Bushling in the bottom of the seventh. After losing the series to the San Francisco Seals, the Potters fall to 9-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play. The Potters look to rebound Wednesday night for Ladies Night at 6:35pm against Top Speed out of Sonoma County, the first game of a five game home stand.

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