MORE RAIN COMING, MORE CHANGES TO SCHEDULE
WITH RAIN COMING WEDNESDAY, POKES WILL PLAY AMADOR ON TUESDAY
The forecast does not look promising for Wednesday afternoon, so Livermore and Amador are being proactive in their scheduling and have pushed up their game to Tuesday. The game is still at 4:00 at Amador. The JV and Freshman will keep their games on Wednesday because there are not enough umpires to cover all the games.
HUGE 2ND INNING PROPELS POKES TO 9-2 WIN OVER NORTHGATE
LIVERMORE SCORES SIX RUNS IN 2ND INNING AND NEVER LOOK BACK
Livermore had a bye in EBAL play and they traveled to Northgate for their first road game of the year. The offense came to play exploding for six runs in the top of the second inning and the Pokes never looked back. Livermore went somewhat quietly in the first inning but Brad Archer nearly missed a homerun by blasting one off the 385 sign for a double. He was left stranded at 2nd base but the Pokes made up for it in the 2nd inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs. The big blows in the inning were a two RBI single by Brett Oelrich and two RBI double to right center by Jimmy Thomas. Ryan Mitchell also had an RBI single in the inning. Cole Arnold walked twice and scored once in the inning.
The Pokes tacked one more run in the 4th, 6th and 7th innings. A few Northgate miscues and some more solid hitting led the way for the Pokes. Luke Foscalina continued his hot streak with two more hits in the game and eight of the nine batter recorded at least one hit in the game. It was a solid offensive effort for the Pokes while the defense played well too. They made some key plays to get out of a few jams for the pitching staff.
Nathan Findley started the game on the mound and he went 4 1/3 solid innings to pick up the win. Grant Ikeda came in the game in the 5th inning with bases loaded and only one out. He got a strike out and pop out to end the inning after only one run scoring. He then threw two more solid innings to close out the game.
CLASSIC EBAL GAME BETWEEN FOOTHILL AND LIVERMORE
FALCONS WIN 5-3 BUT POKES GAVE A SOLID EFFORT
Every EBAL game is usually a battle and the first game of the year was no exception for the Pokes. The league is known for quality baseball and these two teams did not disappoint! There was solid pitching, timely hitting and great defense on both sides of the field. Jack Wilson got his first start of the year and threw a gutty game even though he got the loss. Brett Oelrich turned an amazing double play and Luke Foscalina had three hits in the game.
Foothill got out to an early 1-0 lead in the first off an unearned run and added a second run in the 2nd inning. Livermore got both runs back in the bottom of the second when Jimmy Thomas and Cole Arnold both singled and Bobby Farner walked to load the bases. Luke Foscalina then scorched a double off the Monster to score two runs to tie the game. Foothill scrapped across another run to give them a 3-2 lead but Livermore once again responded in the bottom of the 4th inning. Cole Arnold led off with a triple down the right field line and scored on an error by the Foothill center fielder. The Pokes went on to load the bases that same inning with nobody out but they could not push across another run.
The Falcons took the lead 5-3 in the top of the 6th inning, but the Pokes fought until the end. They had runners on second and third in the bottom of the 7th inning and Bobby Farner lined a shot down the left field line that was foul by a couple inches. Foothill then managed to get out of the inning to preserve the win.
The Pokes now have a bye in EBAL and will play a familiar non league foe in Northgate. The Broncos and Pokes have a long history and met in the NCS Finals in 2016 when Livermore took home the D2 title. These two teams always play close and entertaining games. The game will be the Pokes first away game of the season. First pitch is set for Friday at 4:00.
ROUGH DAY AT THE YARD FOR THE POKES
NEWARK CRUISES TO A 12-2 WIN
There are some days that you want to forget in baseball. Today was one of those days for Livermore. Newark came to the yard and took it to the Pokes. The pitching staff struggled to throw strikes and the defense struggled to make plays resulting in a tough loss.
Newark went up 1-0 in the first inning but the Pokes came right back with a run of their own with a two out rally. Brad Archer reached on an error and then stole second base. Jimmy Thomas continued his hot streak to the season by singling home Archer. Thomas finished with two hits on the day and Archer had a long double later in the game. The Pokes continued their streak on the base paths by stealing four more bases.
The Cougars took control from there and cruised to a 12-2 win. Livermore opens up EBAL play on Wednesday when they host Foothill. First pitch is set for 4:00.
SOLID WIN FOR LIVERMORE AGAINST MILLENNIUM
GOOD PITCHING, HITTING, DEFENSE AND BASERUNNING PACE THE WIN
The Pokes will need days like this when EBAL play starts next week because league is always tough. Livermore handled the Falcons from the beginning and never looked back in the 14-3 non league win at home. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning behind Kacen Shreffler's double and Jimmy Thomas' RBI ground out. They added to the lead in the 2nd inning behind two wild pitches scoring runs Luke Foscalina (who had singled) and Brett Oelrich (who had one of his five walks on the day).
The 3rd inning saw much of the same for the Pokes. They managed plenty of base runners and stole quite a few more bases and and two runs scored on wild pitches/passed balls. Nolan Smith and Bobby Farner were the heads up base runners this time. Brad Archer, Bobby Farner and Brett Oelrich each had RBIs in the 4th inning as the Pokes pushed the lead to 9-1 and made it 10-1 in the 5th inning on a home run by Archer.
The Pokes struck again in the 6th inning for four more runs to cap the scoring at 14-1. Kacen Shreffler tripled home a run, Luke Foscalina and Dylan Silva singled home a run and Jimmy Thomas drove home a run on a fielder's choice.
The Pokes ran wild on the bases stealing ten bases, the offense wasn't the only thing going well for the Pokes tonight as the defense played very well, only committing one error in the game. The pitching staff was led by Nathan Findley and they threw very well to shut down the Falcons. Nick Hermann threw a scoreless 5th inning and Scott Ragatz got his first Varsity inning throwing well in the 6th inning. Jack Wilson closed out the game with a tidy 7th inning of work.
The win pushes Livermore's record to 3-2 with another non-league game on Monday against Newark Memorial. This is a make-up of a make-up from this week. First pitch is 4:00 (time change this weekend allows for later start times.).
WILD DAY AT THE YARD FOR THE POKES
LIVERMORE LOSES 13-9 TO ARROYO IN CRAZY GAME
When Livermore plays Arroyo in their annual non league game there always seems to be some type of drama and/or craziness. Arroyo won on a walk off wild pitch in 2015 while Livermore won in 2014 when the Pokes threw a guy out at the plate on a passed ball that bounced off the bricks back to the pitcher. He fielded the passed ball and threw the ball back to the catcher for the final out of the game. It would have been the tying run! This non league rivalry has dated back to 2008 when the Pokes and Dons met in the semifinals of the NCS Playoffs. They play every year and it is always back and forth and this year was no different.
The game started out rough for the Pokes as the Dons scored three runs in the blink of an eye. However, Livermore jumped right back into the game in the bottom of the 1st inning when Jimmy Thomas tripled with the bases loaded to tie the game. Arroyo then scored four runs over the next two innings to make the score 7-3. Livermore jumped right back in the bottom of the 3rd inning when they scored two runs when the Pokes loaded the bases with three singles by Brad Archer, Ryan Mitchell and Ty Wetzel. Luke Foscalina then singled home Archer and Mitchell to cut the lead to 7-5.
Livermore then held Arroyo scoreless in the 4th to set the stage for Bobby Farner. After the Pokes loaded the bases again, Farner delivered a clutch two out single to clear the bases and give Livermore an 8-7 lead. Arroyo just refused to go away and scored six runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a 13-8 lead. It was getting dark so the Arroyo coach had their player get picked off intentionally so the Pokes could hit and the game would be over. Livermore scratched across a run with an RBI single by Cole Arnold, but that was the only run they would get. Both teams thought the game was over, but the ump said to keep playing. It was getting really dark and hard to see the ball, so Coach Perotti pulled his team off the field because of safety reasons. The ump seemed very confused by this as it seemed he was confused and overwhelmed most of the game. The game was slightly out of control due to the poor strike zone and lack of control by the umpire crew. The home plate ump even threw out Coach Perotti's 7-year old son for "liability" reasons! It was quite the circus of a game that ended with the score reverting to the 5th inning and a 13-9 Arroyo win.
The loss drops the Pokes to 2-2 and they will now face Mt. Eden on Monday in a second attempt to make up their non league game. First pitch is 3:30 at Mt. Eden.
POKES WASTE FINDLEY'S EFFORT
WASHINGTON BEATS POKES 3-1 DESPITE GREAT OUTING BY THE SENIOR RIGHTY
Livermore came into this non league game with their offense in high gear but it stalled out against the Huskies. The Pokes only managed three hits (two by Jimmy Thomas) in the loss. Washington went up 1-0 early in the game, but the Pokes struck right back when Thomas doubled home Brad Archer to tie the game. That run, however, would be the only run the Pokes would get as Nathan Findley held Washington to three earned runs, struck out five and walked none. Once again the Pokes staff was efficient and did not walk anyone in the game as Jack Wilson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings without a walk.
The Pokes had their chances but ran themselves out of a few opportunities on the base paths. Livermore did rally in the bottom of the 7th to give the Huskies a scare when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Washington was able to shut the door and not allow any runs to nail down the victory.
Livermore is right back at it tomorrow with another D2 non league game with their first road game of the year at Mt. Eden. The Monarchs always play the Pokes tough and tomorrow should be no exception.
LIVERMORE CRUISES PAST MOUNTAIN HOUSE
COLE ARNOLD PACES FIVE INNING VICTORY WITH FOUR HITS
The Pokes wasted little time in their victory over the Mustangs. Livermore jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brett Oelrich walked to lead off the game, followed by a double by Kacen Shreffler. Cole Arnold then singled home Oelrich and the Pokes had a 1-0 lead with no outs recorded. Stanford bound tight end Brad Archer then lined a single to center to drive home Shreffler and Arnold. Livermore then loaded the bases later in the inning but could not get another run.
Mountain House went quietly in the second as did the Pokes except for a triple down the right field line by Cole Arnold. Livermore then exploded for five runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings to push the lead to 13-0. The 3rd inning saw the Pokes score two runs on wild pitches followed by a two run single by Kacen Shreffler and an RBI single by Cole Arnold. The big blow in the 4th inning was a bases loaded double by Mason Paulo scoring Jimmy Thomas and Ryan Mitchell. Luke Foscalina then scorched a single to left to drive home Ty Wetzel to push the lead to 11-0. After Paulo scored on a wild pitch, Cole Arnold capped off his four hit day with a double to drive home Luke Foscalina.
The Pokes surrendered two runs in the top of the 5th inning, but they still held an 11 run lead. Mountain House plays in the San Joaquin Section and they have a 10 run rule after five innings, so the game was called. Nick Hermann pitched four solid innings to pick up his first win of the season. Nick struck out two and only surrendered three hits. Nathan Findley finished off the game in the 5th by striking out two.
Livermore has a big week next week with three Division 2 games: Washington on Wednesday, Mt. Eden on Thursday and Arroyo on Friday. All three have playoff implications even though it is still early in the season.
POKES RALLY LATE FOR OPENING DAY VICTORY OVER DEER VALLEY
RYAN MITCHELL HOMERS TO LEAD THE ATTACK AGAINST THE WOLVERINES
Livermore started the game hot and finished the game hot en route to the non league victory at home. The Pokes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jimmy Thomas doubled to lead off the inning and stole third. After an unsuccessful 1st and 3rd attempt, Ryan Mitchell doubled to deep left center to score Bobby Farner who had walked and stole second. A couple batters later after Mason Paulo walked, Brett Oelrich doubled home Paulo to give the Pokes the lead. The wheels shot off a little bit in the top of the 4th inning when Deer Valley scratched out four runs to take a 4-2 lead.
The Pokes went quietly in the 3rd and 4th innings, but Mitchell had the big blow in the bottom of the 5th. Bobby Farner walked again and Luke Foscalina pinch ran for him, but the speed of Foscalina was not needed as Mitchell launhed a long homerun to left center field to tie the game. The Wolverines refused to go away and scored two more runs in the 6th to take another lead.
Livermore rallied in the 6th inning (which would turn out to be the last because of darkness) for six runs and ran away with a 10-6 win. Thomas doubled again to drive home Brad Archer who had walked to lead off the inning. After a Ryan Mitchell walk, Nolan Smith pinch ran for Thomas who was at third base. Smith used his quickness to score on a passed ball to tie the game. After yet another walk, this time to Mason Paulo, the Pokes had runners on 1st and 3rd. Paulo then stole 2nd base to give the Pokes 2nd and 3rd with one out. Dylan Silva lined out for the second out of the inning to set the stage for Brett Oelrich. Oelrich had an infield single to drive home Mitchell for what would be the winning run, but it was only the 6th inning (and we did not know if the game would be called for drakness). Kacen Shreffler then doubled off the top of the scoreboard to drive in Paulo and Mitchell to extend the lead to 9-6. After Cole Arnold was hit by a pitch, Archer singled home Shreffler for the final run.
Grant Ikeda, Erik Griffin and Aaron Aguilar did a fine job on the mound only giving up 3 earned runs, striking out eight and walking none.
Livermore now faces Mountain House on Friday at home. First pitch is slated for 3:30.
MASSIVE RESCHEDULES DUE TO RAIN
VARSITY, JV AND FROSH ALL AFFECTED
The Varsity Pokes were supposed to open the season on Friday (2/15) against Mt. Eden, but it was rained/monsooned out. The JV were suppsoed to open their season on Wednesday (2/13) against Mission San Jose but that got washed. The JVers also had a game rained out on Friday (2/15) against Heritage. The Frosh also had three games rained out this week: Castro Valley (2/13) and DH on Saturday (2/16) against Berkeley.
All the games have been rescheduled for random dates. The schedules are all updated on line.
POKES SCRIMMAGED FREEDOM LAST WEEK AND SET FOR COLLEGE PARK ON MONDAY (2/11)
Livermore scrimmaged Freedom on Thursday in cold and somewhat miserable conditions. The Pokes struggled at the plate, but the pitching was pretty good for this early in the season. They only gave up four runs on four hits. Freedom is a pretty solid Division One program and the Pokes held their own against them.
Livermore now scrimmages College Park today (2/11) in place of James Logan which got rained out on Friday. The Pokes open up the real season on Friday when they travel to Mt. Eden for their annual game with the Monarchs. Livermore has been playing Mt. Eden every year since 2001.
BRIAN MARTINEZ ('16) GETS THE START ON THE HILL IN CSUEB HOME OPENER
Menlo College is Cal State East Bay's Opponent
Brian Martinez has been a winner every where he goes. As a junior at Livermore, he led them to thei first ever NCS Champioship appearance and then as a senior he threw a complete game in the NCS Finals to give the Pokes their first ever NCS title. Martinez then pitched for two years at Ohlone College and amassed a 24-1 record with over 100Ks in two years. Both years the Renegades advanced deep into the playoffs behind the crafty lefty. Martinez contiues to thrive and do well as he begins his final two years of college baseball at Cal State East Bay. He will be the starting pitcher for the Pioneers as they take on Menlo College in their home opener this Friday (February 1). Congrats to Brian on his continued success!
OTHER ALUMNI UPDATES:
Daniel Slominski ('14) USF: Slominski will be seeing plenty of innings on the hill for the Dons.
DB Vidal ('14) York: DB will enter his third year as a starter for the Panthers.
Adam Hollar ('14) CSUEB: Hollar is Martinez's teammate and is looking to improve upon his impressive junior season last year for the Pioneers.
Ryan Ruley ('15) LMU: Ruley will be seeing plenty of time in the OF for the Lions in his senior season.
Thomas Triantos ('15) Cal Poly: Triantos looks to be the closer or main reliever for the Mustangs in his red shirt junior season.
Jake Foscalina ('15) Northwestern Iowa: Jake is playing soccer for the Red Raiders.
Dominic Foscalina ('16) Utah: Domo looks to start and play everyday in the outfield for the Utes in his junior season.
Russell Stevenson ('17) Chabot: Russell is battling for starting catcher spot for the Gladiators
Logan Cole ('17) Ohlone: Logan is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery for this season.
Ryan Robinson ('18) Ohlone: Ryan is primed to get a lot of innings for the Renegades in his Freshman season
Mason Arnold ('18) George Fox: Mason is a true Freshman fighting for a roster spot on the Bruins.
Austin Shadbolt ('18) George Fox: Austin is a true Freshman fighting for a roster spot on the Bruins.