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Despite 15 Hits, Potters fall on Strikeout Cancer Night

The Potters took the field again on Saturday night at McBean Stadium. It was yet another beautiful night for baseball with the best fans in the CCL. 

Grant Kelly (College of Southern Nevada) got the start on the bump and made his Potters debut. Kelly was immediately met with action, as the second batter of the game, Ansel Carson lined a comebacker at Kelly, which tipped off his glove and squeaked into center field, to get the rally started for the Knicks. 

Lucas Schaefer plated the first run for the Knicks, on a deep sacrifice fly to left field. Kelly looked to settle in, but a costly error by the Potters SS JT Maloney (Sac City) allowed another Knicks run to come across the plate, which resulted in a 2-0 Knicks advantage after the top half of inning number one. 

The Potters were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning, with a rally of their own. Aiden Isola (Sac City) led things off with a single up the middle into center field. Levi Sotomayor (Sacramento State) followed with a single of his own to set up first and second for the Potters. You guessed it, JT Maloney (Sac City) followed with another single to load the bases. 

Cade Sanchez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) remained red hot, as he followed with an RBI single to put the Potters on the board. The hit parade did not stop there, Trey Furrey (Oklahoma Baptist) roped a single to right field, which set up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Brandon Springer (William Jessup)to tie the game at two after the first inning. 

Grant Kelly’s night ended after just two innings, but that paved the way for another new Potter to take the mound, Tyler Stewart (Sacramento State). Stewart was dominant from the moment he toed the slab.

Stewart allowed his only base runner in the fourth inning, via a walk. That was quickly erased by a tailor made 6-4-3 double play, turned by Maloney, Sanchez, and Sotomayor

The only blemish on Stewart’s line was a solo homerun from the Knick’s RF Braden Holliday. He finished the night going four strong innings in relief, only allowing one hit, which was the homer, as well as striking out six. 

Cade Sanchez delivered yet again with another RBI, this time to tie the game in the sixth inning. 

Another pitcher made their Potter debut tonight, this time it was the 6 '9 right hander Kai Burdick (University of San Francisco). Burdick got himself into a jam, walking the first two batters in the seventh inning. 

He was able to overcome his command issues, as he struck out the side and shut down any potential rally for the Knicks. The Potters bats went quiet in the eighth inning, as they were retired in order. 

A ninth inning double from Braden Holliday, gave the Knicks a one run lead in the final stages of the game. 

Potters did not go away without a fight in the ninth inning. JT Maloney picked up his third hit of the game to get the ninth for the Potters. 

With two outs in the inning, David Andrews stepped up to the plate for his first Potters at bat. It resulted in a check swing ground ball to the pitcher, which ended the game on a final score of 5-4. 

There was a lot to like for first year manager Jon Peters. The Potters outhit the Knicks fifteen to five. Tyler Stewart came out of the bullpen and provided a spark for the Potters, going 4 innings only allowing 1 hit and 1 run. 

The Potters take the field again on Sunday at 1:05PM @ McBean Stadium for the rubber match. Gates open at 12:00, come join us to celebrate Military Sunday, all veterans receive 50% off on tickets. 

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