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Potters dominate Mudcats

The Lincoln Potters picked up a big league win Saturday night against the Mudcats Credit: Sara Nevis

It was a night to remember for the Lincoln Potters, as they made a statement Saturday with a 19-1 win over the Solano Mudcats. 

The Potter offense came to life in the bottom of the first with four runs but cooled down until the middle innings before finding new life. The Potters put up a combined 15 runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on the road to victory.

Lincoln ace Anthony Perez (CSU East Bay) was the starter, tossing five and two-thirds innings and surrendering just one run on seven hits while striking out seven.

“Anthony's pitching with an abundance of confidence right now and you can see it and it also feeds to the dugout,” said manager Rya Stevens. “I think that's huge for a pitcher when you're on the mound and you're pitching with confidence like that. It feeds to the whole team and I think Anthony's been doing that ever since he got here.”

Bryan Green (UC Davis) and Treven Crowley (CSU Bakersfield) split the final three and one-third inning, allowing a total of just two hits for the remainder of the ballgame. 

The story of the night however was the offense. Garen Caulfield (Arizona) led the way for Lincoln with an abnormal statline. The second baseman had four RBI on a two-for-four night that included two ground rule doubles. Nine different batters drove at least one run home in the game, including multiple from Caulfield, Nolan Clifford, Nolan McCarthy, and Trevor Tishenkel.

“They feel pretty good about themselves when Anthony's (Perez) out there but you know the thing we have to emphasize is that when we score early, we gotta keep going. We can't sit on it,” said Stevens. “And we kept preaching that in the dugout and I think we kind of broke out in the fifth and just kept going.”

For the Potters, they began the week in the cellar of the California Collegiate League North Division but have clawed back into a tie for third a little past the halfway mark of the season. Lincoln has an opportunity to make up ground in the coming days with two of its next three coming against the second place Walnut Creek Crawdads.

“We've been emphasizing it to the guys that you know from here on all the way to August. These are the biggest games we're gonna play and we got to find a way to keep fighting and keep climbing up the standings to get into second place,” said Stevens.

The Potters hit the road tomorrow against the Sonoma Stompers before returning home to take on the Crawdads Monday for Fourth of July.

You can find tonight’s box score here.


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