POKES DROP TWO EBAL GAMES THIS WEEK
MONTE VISTA AND AMADOR VALLEY HAND POKES LOSSES; EVAN NYSTROM HAS AMAZING DEBUT
Livermore travelled to Alamo to take on Monte Vista on Wednesday and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but that would be the only runs the Pokes would get. Jimmy Thomas continued to swing a hot bat by collecting two hits, including an RBI triple in the first. Brett Oelrich also had two hits, including a double. Cole Arnold added a triple to the offensive attack.
The Pokes then hosted Amador Valley on Friday with Brad Archer making his pitching debut. Archer threw two solid innngs before giving way to Grant Ikeda in the 3rd inning. Amador scored eight runs in the 3rd and three more in the 6th to lead 11-1. However, the Pokes would not go away battling to score six runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to cut the lead to 11-7. However, Amador would tack on two more in the 7th to push the lead to 13-7.
Evan Nystrom was the big story for the Pokes against Amador. He was called up from the JV for the game today after hitting a three run homerun for the JV yesterday in a non league game against Washington. Nystrom had a memorable first day at the plate going 4-4 with two runs and one RBI! He also played a solid CF in his first game.
JIMMY THOMAS UNLOADS ON FOOTHILL IN 11-7 WIN
POKES BEAT FOOTHILL IN PLEASANTON BEHIND A 9-RUN 5TH INNING
Jimmy Thomas had a day he will never forget against Foothill on Thursday as the lefty senior had four hits, including two homeruns and eight RBIs. Thomas lined a double to right center in the first inning but wa sleft stranded there. Thomas then hit a no doubter grand slam in the top of the 5th inning to get the Pokes on the board after Foothill had jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Thomas was not finished in that 5th inning as he came up with the bases loaded again! This time he smoked a single to right to drive in two more runs. That single gave Thomas six RBIs in the 5th inning alone. Livermore took a 9-7 lead into the top of the 7th when Thomas struck again. This time he launched a two run bomb to give the Pokes a 11-7 lead going into the last half of the 7th. Erik Griffin closed the door to get the win by striking out the last batter to end the game. Griffin threw three scoreless innings to pick up the victory.
Thomas was not the only Poke to have a good day at the plate as Livermore banged out 16 hits with Cole Arnold collecting three hits including a double. Luke Foscalina continued to swing a hot bat by getting three more hits after having three hits on Wednesday also. Kacen Shreffler and Bobby Farner added two hits apiece each. Brad Archer and Ryan Mitchell both added a hit to the totals.
LIVERMORE CRUISES BY MT. EDEN 9-1
POKES BATS COME ALIVE, STEAL 11 BASES AND PITCHERS THROW WELL IN NON-LEAGUE WIN
Livermore finally played their game against Mt. Eden. This game was originally scheduled for early February but was rained out and rescheduled three different times. It actually rained again on Monday night, but not enough to cancel the game. The Pokes traveled to Hayward for the game and after a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first inning, Livermore put up four runs on the board to take a lead they would never give up. Jimmy Thomas lead off the top of the 2nd with a single, followed by a single from Bobby Farner which scored Thomas on an error by the left fielder. Kacen Shreffler then doubled to left center to drive in Farner. After a balk and walk to Mason Paulo, the Pokes pulled off a perfect double steal with Paulo taking 2B and Shreffler stealing home to push the lead to 3-0. Paulo then scored on a wild pitch to cap the scoring in the 2nd inning.
Jimmy Thomas, Kacen Shreffler and Mason Paulo were in the middle of the action again in the 3rd inning. Brad Archer singled to lead off the inning and then score on a long fly by Thomas ball that was misplayed, allowing Archer to score. A few batters later Shreffler hit a long drive to left field that would have been out of any high school park, but Mt. Eden does not have a fence, so it would up being a triple to drive in Thomas. Paulo then hit a sacrifice fly to score Shreffler. The Pokes capped their scoring in the 6th inning with another double steal and a sacrifice fly by Bobby Farner. Six different Pokes stole bases: Luke Foscalina (4), Ryan Mitchell (2), Brad Archer (2), Mason Paulo, Kacen Shreffler and Jimmy Thomas.
Nathan Findley, Erik Griffin and Scott Ragatz held Mt. Eden to two hits and one run. They struck out eight along the way.
POKES DROP TWO EBAL GAMES
DOUGHERTY VALLLEY AND DE LA SALLE HAND LIVERMORE LOSSES
Livermore returned back from Spring Breal having won three of their last four games with big wins over San Ramon Valley and Carlmont, but the week back was not kind for the Pokes. The first game back Livermore faced the Wildcats from DV. The game was a back and forth affair with DV scoring the would be winning riun in the top of the 7th inning. DV went up 1-0 in the 3rd, but the Pokes scored two in the bottom of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Luke Foscalina drove home one of the runs with an RBI single and Ryan Mitchell drove home the other run with an RBI fielder's choice when Nolan Smith made a great baserunning play and scored on the play. The Wildcats then scored two more in the 5th but the pokes answered right back. Kacen Shreffler tripled off the Monster to lead off the inning and Nolan Smith laid down a safety squeeze and Shreffler made an acrobatic dive/slide to avoid the tag at home to tie the game. The Wildcats then scratched across another run in the top of the 7th to seal the win. Bobby Farner continued to swing a hot bat collecting two more hits, but his play in the field at 3B was amazing. He made two outstanding plays to save at least three runs for the Pokes.
The second game of the week fared far worse for the Pokes. De La Salle rolled into town two hours before game time on Thursday and never stopped swinging the bats. The scored nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 12-2 victory. Bobby Farner had two more hits for the Pokes.
MITCHELL LEADS ATTACK ON NAPA IN 13-3 WIN
SENIOR LF HAD THREE HITS, INCLUDING A GRAND SLAM AND SIX RBI'S IN BIG O FINAL GAME
The Pokes matched up against Napa Grizzlies for the final game of the 2019 Big O Classic and the offense came to play. Livermore scored early and often in beating Napa 13-3. Ryan Mitchell had the big day at the plate coming just a triple shy of the cycle. His big blow was a long grand slam over the scoreboard in the 5th inning to propel the Pokes to a 5-inning 10-run rule victory. Livermore had plenty of offense and were hit by a pitch five different times in the win. Nolan Smith, Brad Archer and Jimmy Thomas also had doubles for the Pokes while Bobby Farner had three RBI and Dylan Silva added two RBI.
Grant Ikeda and Jack Wilson combined to keep the Grizzlies to three runs on five hits for the win.
The win gave the Pokes the consolation championship by Livermore going 2-1 in the tournament. Foothill won the tourney by going 3-0 and beating Campolindo in the finals.
Livermore will not head back into EBAL play on Wednesday where they will be home against Doughtery Valley.
BOUNCE BACK WIN FOR THE POKES
LIVERMORE DOWNS CARLMONT 6-1 IN SECOND ROUND OF BIG O CLASSIC
Livermore had a short memory from the game yesterday in Round 1 of the Big O Classic. Carlmont got the early lead in the game taking a 1-0 lead in top of the 3rd inning but Livermore wasted little time answering back. The Pokes scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead. The inning started with a double by Nolan Smith and a beautiful push bunt single by Dylan Silva to put runners on the corners and nobody out. Luke Foscalina then singled home Smith to open the scoring for the Pokes. A fourth straight hit for Livermore by Ryan Mitchell loaded the bases up for Brad Archer. Archer took a fastball off his backside for an RBI HBP. After an RBI ground outs by Cole Arnold and Bobby Farner pushed the lead to 4-1. Ty Wetzel drove in a run with an RBI single and Mason Paulo hit a hard ground ball that brought home another run when the short stop could not handle the play.
For the second straight time, Aaron Aguilar was dominant on the mound for the Pokes. He went another 6 2/3 innings (like the SRV game) and struck nine while only walking two. Aguilar had to come out for the final out because of pitch count restrictions but Mason Paulo got the final out of the game to preserve the victory.
POKES BEAT THEMSELVES IN LOSS TO SANTA ROSA
LIVERMORE DID RALLY BUT FELL SHORT IN 7-5 LOSS
The first few innings in the Big O Classic did not go well for the Pokes. Livermore made some costly errors and walked a few batters leading to a 7-0 lead for the Panthers. Offensively was not much better in the early going for the Pokes either. Livermore popped out for the majority of their outs making it very easy for Santa Rosa to play defense.
Livermore would find a spark in the bottom of the 6th inning and put five runs on the board. Luke Foscalina reached by an error on a hard hit ball and then Jimmy Thomas scorched a single to right field to make it 1st and 2nd with one out. After Cole Arnold was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ryan Mitchell flew out to deep center to score Foscalina from 3B and Thomas advanced to 3B. Arnold promptly stole 2B and came home to score on a 2RBI single by Bobby Farner to cut the lead to 7-3. Mason Paulo hit a hard grounder to 1B and he could not handle it and and Dylan Silva (who was pinch running for Farner) scored from 2B. Ty Wetzel (who had two hits on the day) advanced to third and then scored on a balk to cut the lead to 7-5. However, those would be the only runs the Pokes would get and drop the contest 7-5.
The loss puts them in the consolation bracket of the Big O Tires and they will take on a new opponent tomorrow when they play the Carlmont (Belmont, CA) Scots. First pitch will be 12:00 on Thursday.
POKES SCORE EIGHT RUNS IN 6TH INNING AND BEAT SRV 8-2
AARON AGUILAR THROWS 6 2/3 INNINGS OF SHUT OUT BALL TO GET THE WIN
Livermore traveled to San Ramon Valley to take on the Wolves on the Friday before Spring Break and came away with a thrilling 8-2 win. The game started off very slow for the Pokes as SRV struck out the side and then scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Aaron Aguilar came into pitch with only one out in the first inning and Livermore already down 2-0. Aguilar would not allow a run the rest of the game while striking out three and never really getting into any trouble. The outing looked like it might be short lived for Aaron because two batters into his outing he took a line shot off his shin. Somehow he stayed in the game, got out of the inning and shut the door on the Wolves for the rest of the way.
The Pokes struggled to get any offense going until the top of the 6th inning and then they erupted for eight runs (six coming with two outs!). The inning started off in a frustrating way when Kacen Shreffler line a bullet that was headed into left field for a hit when the SRV third baseman made an acrobatic diving play to rob Shreffler. Ryan Mitchell (who had three hits on the day) and Jimmy Thomas (who had two hits on the day) both singled to get the Pokes rolling. Bobby Farner kept the singles streak alive and singled to left field. As the throw came in, Coach Perotti decided late to hold Mitchell coming from 2B. SRV cut the ball and tried to back door Jacob Dennett who was pinch running for Thomas. The throw sailed into the outfield and Mitchell scored and Dennett moved up to 3B. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Mason Paulo hit a hard ground ball and beat out the attempt at a double play and Dennett scored the tying run. Three straight walks later by Ty Wetzel, Dylan Silva and Nolan Smith and the Pokes had a 3-2 lead. Then came the two big blows from the Pokes. Brett Oelrich singled home two runs to push the lead to 5-2 and Kacen Shreffler lined a deep double over the center fielders head to score two more. Mitchell capped off the scoring with his third hit of the day driving home Shreffler.
This win propels the Pokes into their own tournament starting next week. The Big O Classic will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Livermore plays Santa Rosa in their first game on Thursday at 3:00.
ANOTHER THRILLING LIVERMORE/GRANADA GAME
JUST LIKE MOST GAMES IN THIS RIVALRY, IT CAME DOWN TO THE FINAL OUT
Livermore and Granada always seem to play wild, crazy games. Last year, the Pokes won a 14 inning four-hour thriller in the final game of the season and in the first game, Granada jumped out to an early 10-0 lead only to hang on for a 10-8 win with the Pokes having bases loaded and a chance to tie. The first game of the 2019 version saw a very similar game to the first game last year. Granada took and 2-0 lead, extended to a 4-0 lead and then pushed it to 6-0 before the Pokes' bats finally woke up. The battled and scrapped together three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Kacen Shreffler led off with a HBP and Mason Paulo stung a hard ground ball down the first base line and it bounced off the 1B glove and Shreffler wound up at third base. Brett Oelrich then hit a ball down the third base line that was a tough play for their third baseman and Shreffler had a great read and scored on the play. The result of the play left Paulo at 3B and Oelrich at 2B. Cole Arnold then stung a single to left to score both runners.
There wasn't much action until the 7th inning when the Pokes made it interesting. Granada scored a solo run in the top of the inning on a sacrifice fly, but Livermore battled in the bottom half of the inning. Cole Arnold walked and scored on a line double to left center by Luke Foscalina. Bobby Farner then singled in a run to make it 7-5 with runners on 1st and 3rd. Granada then balked home a run to make it 7-6 with the tying run on 2B. The Pokes could not push across the tying run dropping the game 7-6.
Livermore travels to San Ramon Valley on Friday to continue EBAL play before having Spring Break.
BATS GO SILENT IN 5-0 LOSS TO DUBLIN
POKES ONLY MANAGE THREE HITS
Livermore played Monday in a make up from the rain out on Friday. The Pokes did not get many hits but had plenty of chances to score runs in the EBAL contest at Dublin. The Gaels scratched out five runs using a variety of small ball and stealing to take the victory. Livermore had a runner on second in the first from a Luke Foscalina double, but they could not manage to score him. Teh Pokes then loaded the bases two times with nobody out but could not find that clutch hit to gain any momentum. The Gaels used the energy from escaping those jams to push across five runs. Nick Hermann threw a pretty good game but came away with the loss. He threw all six innings striking out two and only gave up one earned run.
With the rain and weather being a major issue this season, the Pokes will play Granada tomorrow instead of Wednesday because the weather looks better tomorrow. First pitch is 4:00.
POKES DROP EBAL AFFAIR TO AMADOR VALLEY
DONS IMPROVE TO 9-0 WITH 7-2 WIN
Livermore rolled into Amador with the thought of a low scoring affair. Amador usually has the wind blowing in and it seems like you are hitting uphill at the Dons home field. Today was vastly different as the wind was blowing out and it was actually a hitters park. Amador jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Pokes stormed right back with their potent offense to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the 2nd inning. Jimmy Thomas led off by getting hit by a pitch and Cole Arnold (who had three hits on the day) followed with a line shot double to make it second and third with nobody out. Ryan Mitchell lined single to score Thomas and Mason Paulo grounded out to score Arnold. However, this would be all the scoring the Pokes would get. They had other chances and loaded the bases two different times, but could not push across anymore runs.
The Pokes continue their rpad trip with an EBAL game at Dublin on Friday at 4:00.
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.