LIVERMORE LANDS FOUR EBAL ALL LEAGUE PLAYERSTWO SENIORS AND TWO SOPHOMORES TAKE HOME THE HONORSThe Pokes found success on the field, getting back to the NCS Playoffs for the first time since they won it back in 2016. (However, there were no playoffs in 2020 and 2021). Livermore also found success off the field as they had four players take home All League Honors for their efforts during league play this year.JACKSON NYSTROM- 2nd Team OutfieldMICHAL WEST- 2nd Team First BaseTANNER LEE- Honorable Mention InfieldMATEO BULLIS- Honorable Mention- UtilityPOKES BACK IN THE NCS PLAYOFFSLIVERMORE EARNS THE #13 SEED; WILL TRAVEL TO CASA GRANDEThe Pokes battled all year with some ups and downs, but they were rewarded with a chance to win another NCS title. Livermore won NCS in 2016 and were runners up in 2015. They are looking to regain that magic as they will travel to Petaluma on Wednesday 5/18 to play the Gauchos in the first round. Livermore has played Casa Grande many times before but never in the playoffs. Every time these two teams square off it is a close/well played game. The NCS Playoffs are a single game elimination tournament which runs for two weeks and the winner will advance to the NorCal Regionals (this is the first time there has been a regional).BOUNCE BACK WEEK FOR LIVERMOREPOKES BEAT MONTE VISTA 8-0 AND AMADOR 5-3 TO SWEEP THE WEEKLivermore is battling for a NCS berth and really helped their cause with two big wins this week. Monte Vista came to Livermore and Matt Thompson took care of any chances the Mustangs had of scoring by carrying a no hitter into the 5th inning and eventually going 6+ strong innings to get the win. Bobby Alvear came in with bases loaded in the 7th and nobody out and got two Ks and a ground out by a great play by Ray Castillo to preserve the shutout. The Pokes used timely hitting and great baserunning to capitalize on Monte Vista's mistakes to score eight runs in the win.The Pokes then traveled to Amador to play the Dons on Friday. They were looking to sweep the Dons for the first time since 2008. They were also looking to string together two wins for the first time since late March. Livermore was successful in both areas by winning 5-3. Amador struck first with a weird run on a thrown ball that ricocheted off their runner and allow a run to score. The Pokes answered back in the 5th with three runs. James Foley reached on a hard hit ball error and then advanced to 2B when Tanner Lee was hit by a pitch. Mateo Bullis then doubled to score Foley to tie the game. After a Michal West walk to load the bases, Bobby Alvear delivered a two out, two RBI single to give Livermore a 3-1 lead. The Pokes struck again in the 6th. After a single by Foley and some crazy things on the field, Tanner Lee singled to drive home Foley to add on to the lead. Jackson Nystrom added a sac fly driving home CJ Johnston to push the lead to 5-1.Riley Scott was outstanding on the hill going into the 6th inning holding the Dons to just six hits and struck out three. He gave way to Bobby Alvear who closed the 6th and 7th to get the save. Alvear was also 2-4 with 2 RBI at the plate to lead the Pokes.ROUGH WEEK FOR THE POKESLIVERMORE LOSES TO CAL AND FOOTHILLLivermore was coming off a great win against Dougherty Valley and ran into a two of the top teams in EBAL. Cal scored seven in the 5th inning to blow that game open while Foothill just chipped away every inning to win that game 10-3. The Pokes swung the bat very well in both games even though they only collected three runs in both games.POKES OFFENSE EXPLODES IN 16-5 WIN OVER DOUGHERTYLIVERMORE SCORED THREE IN 1ST AND NEVER LOOKED BACKLivermore opened up the bottom of the first with doubles by Mateo Bullis and Jackson Nystrom, a homerun by Michal West and another double by Bobby Alvear to give the Pokes a 3-0 lead. The offense would not stop there as Livermore racked up 18 hits, including five doubles. The Pokes scored in every inning except the 4th and 5th with the big blow coming in the 6th when they scored seven runs. Multiple Pokes had multiple hit days: Bobby Alvear was 4-5 with two runs and an RBI. Michal West was 3-4 with a HR, three runs and four RBI's; Mateo Bullis was 3-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Jackson Nystrom was 3-4 with three runs and two RBIs and Nick Mamaoag was 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Riley Scott was good on the mound again, going 6ip holding DV to three earned runs and Josh Rodriguez threw the 7th to finish it out.ALVEAR MAKES ALL TOURNEY FOR SERVICE CHAMPIONS CLASSICPOKES GO 1-2 IN SPRING BREAK TOURNEYBobby Alvear had four hits and pitched four innings, striking out 10 to help him earn All Tourney over Spring Break. The Pokes lost a tough one to Santa Rosa in games one 5-4 but bounced back and shut out James Logan 3-0. Riley Scott was impressive on the hill, going 6ip and holding Logan scoreless. Braeden McRae picked up the save in the bottom of the 7th. Colin Deal had the play of the game by leaping for a line drive, catching it and tagging 3B to get the Pokes out of a jam. The final game saw the Pokes struggle in all facets of the game and lose 16-6 to San Marin. Livermore did battle back to score six runs after being down 13-0 after three innings.MATCHETT WALKS OFF AMADOR 8-7COLIN DEAL'S BIG HIT IN 7TH TIED THE GAMELivermore came alive late in the game to rally past the Dons of Amador Valley. The Pokes took an early 1-0 lead when Tanner Lee singled and advanced to 2nd on an errant pick-off attempt. After Nick Mamaoag hit a long sac fly to center field to advance Lee to 3B, Jackson Nystrom drove a ball up the middle to plate Lee. This was the last offense the Pokes would get until the bottom of the 5th inning. Amador had taken a 6-1 lead and it was looking bleak for Livermore. Tanner Lee got the ball rolling again with a single to CF and advanced to 3B on Nick Mamaoag's laser double to left center. Jackson Nystrom hit a sac fly to score Lee. Bobby Alvear then got into the act and singled home Mamaoag. This brought Michal West to the plate and West delivered an oppo bomb to left center to cut Amador's lead to 6-5.Amador answered right back with a homerun of their own to push the lead to 7-5 heading into the bottom of the 6th inning. The Pokes responded in the 6th by loading the bases behind singles from Justin Matchett and Colin Deal. Livermore could not push across any runs and headed into the 7th still down 7-5.The Pokes still had some fight left in them as they loaded the bases on three walks by Bobby Alvear, AJ Arante and James Foley. Mateo Bullis then pinch ran for Foley to set the stage for the comeback. Colin Deal then singled to left field to score Alvear and Arante to tie the game. Bullis advanced to 3B on the play. Justin Matchett then hit a long sac fly to deep right field to walk it off for the Pokes.Livermore looks to get back to .500 on Friday at home against the Dublin Gaels.POKES BATTLE DE LA SALLE, COME UP SHORT 4-1LIVERMORE'S PITCHING STAFF HOLDS SPARTANS AT BAYThe Pokes traveled up to Concord to face the De La Salle Spartans in a rare Monday league game. This game was originally scheduled for late April but had to be moved because of scheduling issues with Spring Break Tournaments. Livermore always seems to play De La Salle tough on the Spartans home field and today was no different. The Pokes went with the Johnny Wholestaff approach on the mound as they had six different pitchers each throw an inning to try and keep the Spartan hitters off balance. The plan worked as De La Salle only managed seven hits (four by one guy) and no extra base hits. The Spartans had to safety squeeze two of their runs home to help secure the win. Livermore got their run in the 5th on back to back two-out doubles by Tanner Lee (who had two hits) and AJ Arante.OFFENSE IS STILL MIA IN LOSS TO NORTHGATEPOKES ONLY MANAGED 5 HITS IN 10-2 LOSSLivermore jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Tanner Lee led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by AJ Arante. Jackson Nystrom (who had two hits on the day) then singled home Lee for the early 1-0 lead. The Pokes scored again in the bottom of the 2nd when Justin Matchett led off with a HBP, Michal West singled and CJ Johnston was hit by a pitch. Nick Mamaoag drew the bases loaded walk to drive in Matchett. Bobby Alvear came in and threw two scoreless innings, striking out four, to close the game down.BATS GO SILENT IN LOSS TO GRANADATANNER LEE STAYED HOT GOING 2-3 WITH A 2B AND RBI IN 7-1 LOSSLivermore ran into a buzz saw of a pitcher for the Matadors and the Pokes could only manage five hits and one run. Tanner Lee drove in the only run for the Pokes with a double to right center to drive in Nick Mamaoag who had singled the at bat before. Tanner also lined a shot off the pitcher's glove for his other hit. AJ Arante and James Foley had the other hits for the Pokes.Livermore now has a very important non-league Division 2 game on Friday against Northgate at home. First pitch is 4:00POKES BATTLE SAN RAMON BUT COME UP SHORTLIVERMORE BELTS OUT FOUR DOUBLES IN 6-3 LOSSSan Ramon is one of the favorites to win the EBAL-Mountain Division and the Pokes gave them all they could handle at home. San Ramon took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning but the Pokes bounced right back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally. Ray Castillo walked and scored on a long double to left center off the bat of Justin Matchett. Both teams traded scoreless innings until the top of the 4th when SRV struck for three runs to give them a 4-1 lead. The Pokes got one back in the 5th inning when Nick Mamaoag and Tanner Lee (who finished with two hits) got back-to-back doubles. The Wolves tacked on one more run to make it 5-2 but the Pokes weren't done doubling home runners. Michal West led off the 6th with a walk and James Foley was hit by a pitch. Ray Castillo then doubled to right center to drive in West. The Pokes were in business with 2nd and 3rd and nobody out but they could not push across another run and the score remained 5-3.Ethan Kwan started the game for Livermore and went deep into the game and threw very well. He gave way to Tyler Trudeau who threw a scoreless 6th inning and then Josh Rodriguez threw the 7th inning to finish it out.No rest for the Pokes as they travel across town to play rival Granada tomorrow at 4:00.ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER POKES GRAND SLAM AND WINJACKSON NYSTROM HITS GRAND SLAM, GOES 3-4 AND HAS 5 RBI IN WIN OVER WASHINGTONThe Pokes offense is in high gear right now as they scored double digits for the third straight game en route to a 13-2 win over the Huskies in Fremont. Tanner Lee led off the first and reached on an error. After AJ Arante moved Lee over to 3B, Nystrom got his first RBI with a single to drive in Lee. The Huskies fought right back in the bottom of the 1st inning by plating two runs before Matt Thompson battled out of the inning to limit the damage to just two runs. Thompson would go five strong innings striking out seven and only walking one.Livermore's offense was just getting started and it unloaded in the 2nd inning. Colin Deal reached on an error and Justin Matchett and Nick Mamaoag both walked before Tanner Lee lined a single to score Deal. After AJ Arante was hit by a pitch, Nytsrom took a 3-1 fastball and crushed it over the left field fence for the Pokes second grand slam in as many games! This pushed the lead to 7-2 heading into the 3rd. Colin Deal got the rally started again by being hit by a pitch and advanced to 3B on a long double to left center by Justin Matchett. Tanner Lee came through again with a line drive single to plate Deal. AJ Arante then singled to drive in Matchett. After a couple of walks, James Foley got into the act with a line shot for a single that scored all three runners when the right fielder misplayed the ball. That pushed the lead to 12-2 and the Pokes would tack on another run when Mateo Bullis singled and eventually scored on a CJ Johnston sacrifice fly in the top of the 6th.Tyler Trudeau came into the game to pitch in the bottom of the 6th and faced six batters in two innings, striking out all six to close the game down.Livermore now starts league on Tuesday when the San Ramon Valley Wolves come to town. First pitch is set for 4:00.POKES POWER PAST KIMBALLTANNER LEE WENT 3-4 WITH A HR AND 2 SB AND RAY CASTILLO HIT A GRAND SLAMLivermore jumped out to an early lead when Tanner Lee led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a huge bomb to left field to give the Pokes a 1-0 lead. The pokes jumped right back on the Jaguars pitcher with two walks by AJ Arante and Jackson Nystrom. Colin Deal then singled to load the bases for Ray Castillo. Castillo got hit by yet another pitch to drive in a run. Justin Matchett then hit a line drive for a sacrifice fly to give the Pokes a 3-0 lead after one. Livermore was right back at it in the bottom of the 2nd when Nick Mamaoag doubled to right and then advanced to third on a Tanner Lee single. Lee advanced on the throw and then they were both driven home by a Jackson Nystrom single.Riley Scott kept the Jaguars at bay with another great performance on the mound. He held Kimball to just one run before coming out after the 4th inning. Scott struck out five and did not give up an earned run to get the victory.Kimball battled back to make the score 6-4 until the sixth when Ray Castillo delivered the big blow with a two-out towering grand slam over the Monster in left. The inning started with a beautiful bunt single by Tanner Lee and a single to left by Jackson Nystrom. Colin Deal was then hit by a pitch before Castillo's grand salami!The Pokes have another big Division 2 game on Friday when they travel down to Fremont to play a very familiar foe in the Washington Huskies. First pitch is 3:30.ALUMNI DOWN THE POKES 3-235 ALUMNI SHOWED UP TO BATTLE THE CURRENT VARSITY POKESLivermore High Alumni showed their pride on Saturday as they showed up in full force to re-live the glory days from years past! Many different classes were represented, ranging from 1980 to 2020. The Class of 2005 had the biggest representation with eight players The alumni were talking from the beginning that they did not want to lose but they had to fight two opponents: the current varsity team and Father Time! Many former Pokes had not played a baseball game in many years so there was definitely an adjustment, but they had a literal "ace in the hole" with current MLB pitcher Bryan Shaw starting on the mound for the alumni!! Shaw went three scoreless innings to give the Alumni a strong chance to win the game. Class of 2008 ace Dave Singleton and Class of 2016 ace Brian Martinez both threw two scoreless innings each to keep the shutout alive into the 8th inning (it was a 9 inning game).The Pokes managed to score their first run on a scorching single by Jake Forrette (Class of 2005) who was then pinch ran for by Anthony Barblinardo (Class of 2018) who then stole second base and later scored. The Alumni pushed across two more runs to increase the lead to 3-0. Shaw helped keep the shutout alive by gunning a would-be runner from left field trying to score. He threw a rocket one hop strike to the catcher Tylor Silva (Class of 2015). Silva was a champ and caught eight innings!!The game got dicey in the top of the ninth when the Varsity Pokes mounted a rally. The Alumni were determined to not lose so they sent 33 fielders onto the field to insure no runs would be scored. They were wrong. They should not have let the soccer player alumni guy on the field (Scott Busky Class of 2015) because the ball found him twice to allow two base runners to reach and eventually score. One of the runs came on a very controversial play at 3B in which Jackson Nystrom was both called out at 3B and yet three seconds later called safe at home to cut the lead to 3-2. The Alumni were definitely playing the matchup game in the 9th because they were bringing in a different pitcher for every batter! However, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs, the Alumni went to the pen one more time. This time calling on Bryan Shaw again. He came in and nailed down the game with the final out. Shaw got the rare double feat as a pitcher: he got the win and the save!The game was a blast and there was so much Poke Pride out on the field it was a joy to watch. Surprisingly, there was only one injury: Ryan Ruley pulled a hammy on a rope double that he hitBATS COME ALIVE IN 12-2 WIN OVER ARROYOWEST AND NYSTROM EACH HIT LONG HR'S AS SCOTT DOMINATES AGAINThe Pokes struck early and often as the offense came alive in the home win against the Dons. Michal West got the party started in the bottom of the first inning with a long 3-run home run to dead center. That wasn't the only home run Livermore would get as Jackson Nystrom hit a no doubter to left over the Monster to increase the lead for the Pokes.Livermore pushed the lead to 7-2 in the 5th inning when Tanner Lee walked and advanced on a single by AJ Arante. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly later plated Lee and then Arante scored on a James Foley single. Foley then stole second and Nystrom stole home on the double steal. Livermore added four more in the 6th inning when Ray Castillo led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning Michal West singled to right with the bases loaded and all three runners scored when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Nick Mamaoag was one of the runners who scored on West's single and he had doubled off the fence.Riley Scott was in control on the mound again as he cruised to the 11-2 win. He walked two and struck out five. Ethan Kwan came in the 7th and threw a clean inning to end the game.The Pokes face the Alumni tomorrow at 11:00. Come out and see the old guys play the current team.POKES WASTE THOMPSON'S PITCHING GEMTHOMPSON THROWS A 3 HITTER BUT LOSES 1-0There is an old saying baseball that says you have to score to win. The Pokes could not do that today and wasted a great pitching outing by Matt Thompson. Thompson threw six solid innings giving up three hits while striking out eight and walking none. He was in command from the beginning and looked sharp hitting his spots and getting ahead of hitters. The Pokes played great defense behind him and did not commit an error in the game.The offense just could not string anything together to mount any sort of rally. Three different Pokes had two hits apiece but Livermore only managed one base runner to 3B. Michal West continued to swing a red-hot bat by going 2-3 with a double. Jackson Nystrom and AJ Arante both added two singles each.Livermore comes back home on Friday to face the Arroyo Dons. The Pokes have had great battles against Arroyo dating back to the 2008 NCS Playoffs. First pitch is set for 3:30WEST AND SCOTT PACE THE WAY TO POKES' VICTORYLIVERMORE DOWNS MOUNTAIN HOUSE 6-3 AT HOMERiley Scott threw 5 1/3 stellar innings after coming into the game in the first inning with nobody out. Scott shut down what could have been a giant inning for the Mustangs and then proceeded to go 5 1/3 giving up no runs, striking out six and walking none. He kept the Mountain House batters off balance all day and gave the Pokes a chance to win after being down 3-0 after the first inning.Michal West led the offense for Livermore by going 2-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run. Colin Deal also added two hits for the Pokes. Tanner Lee drove in a key run in the 6th to cushion the lead. Lee, with any luck, could have been 3-4 today but Mountain House made some great plays on balls he hit. The Pokes had some great defense of their own too. Justin Matchett made a tremendous catch high up the left field fence, taking a double and an RBI away from the Mustangs.So far in the young season, the Pokes have showed great resolve and compete. They bounce back and battle when things do not look great. This is a sign of a great team!Livermore now plays on the road at Newark on Wednesday March 2. First pitch will be 3:30POKES COME UP SHORT AT DEER VALLEYLIVERMORE WAS SHORTHANDED BUT BATTLED, LOSING 7-4AJ Arante led the offense for the Pokes with two hits, two RBIs and a run. Michal West also had an RBI single to round out the offense. Livermore was down six players but still managed to compete and battle back twice to tie the game. Deer Valley scored one in the bottom of the 3rd to take the lead, but the Pokes answered in the top of the 4th on an RBI single by West. The Wolverines answered back with two in the bottom of the 4th only to see the Pokes score another run in the top of the 5th and 6th to tie the game again. Deer Valley opened it up in the bottom of the 6th with four runs, but the Pokes did not go quietly in the top of the 7th battling for another run before dropping the game 7-4.
Livermore plays their first D2 game tomorrow against Mountain House at home. First pitch is set for 3:30JOSH RODRIGUEZ THROWS OPENING DAY NO-HITTEROFFENSE EXPLODES FOR 14 RUNS IN 5 INNINGSJosh Rodriguez made the most of his first Varsity start by throwing a 5 inning no-hitter against Ygnacio Valley. He struck out 12 batters and only walked two. He pounded the zone and was in control from the beginning. The Warriors/Wolves only run came on a throwing error in the rain. The game was played in miserable conditions but the Pokes battled through the elements for the win. The offense erupted for 14 runs despite the wind, hail and 43 degree temperatures. It was not a great day for baseball! Tanner Lee had three hits to lead the way for the Pokes while Michal West, Ray Castillo and Justin Matchett each had two hits. West had an inside the park homerun on a ball he hit to the 396 sign in left center.Livermore now travels to Deer Valley to play the Wolvernies on Thursday. First pitch is set for 3:30.OPENING DAY IS AROUND THE CORNERPOKES JUST FINISHED TWO SCRIMMAGES IN PREPARATION FOR SEASON
The Varsity Pokes scrimmaged James Logan and Liberty to tune up for the season. Both teams are large Division 1 teams and were a good test for the youthful Pokes. Livermore has a very evenly spread out team when it comes to grade level. There are five sophomores, six juniors and six seniors. There were some bright spots for the Pokes in the two scrimmages. As a whole, the team had quality at bats and did not strike out very often. Sophomore CJ Johnston had quite a few good hits while Michal West collected three hits. The pitching staff did pretty well considering it is early, but the defense let them down a few times. All in all, the Pokes got in some good work against much larger schools and now are ready to "gear it up" for real next week. They will open up against Ygnacio Valley on Tuesday February 22 at 3:30 at home. The Pokes used to play the Warriors all the time back in the early 2000s and will renew the series in 2022!
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A FEW DIFFERENT TEAMS ON THE SLATE
The Pokes open up their season on February 7th when practice officially begins with three days of tryouts. Baseball is "back to normal" this year with a regular schedule of non-league, league games, spring break tournament and NCS playoffs. In fact, playoffs do not end with NCS this year as this will be the inaugural season of NorCal Playoffs in which all section winners advance to a NorCal Playoff.
Livermore will hold their tryouts for the first three days and then follow that up with a scrimmage under the lights at James Logan on February 11th. They will follow that scrimmage up with a scrimmage against the Liberty Lions at home on Tuesday February 15th. They then enter the very important non-league schedule. The Pokes play mostly D2 teams in non league in order to qualify for NCS Playoffs. They will face the following teams in non-league: Ygnacio Valley, Deer Valley, Mountain House, Newark, Arroyo, Kimball, Northgate and Washington.
Livermore will team up with Foothill High School to host the 7th Annual Service Champions Classic Spring Break Tourney. This is a strong tournament, held on April 7-9, with the following first round match-ups:
Foothill vs. Berean Christian
San Marin vs. Northgate
Livermore vs. Santa Rosa
Reedwood vs. James Logan
***See link to the left for the whole bracket
Livermore looks to "return to pre-pandemic" glory and make another run at the NCS D2 title!