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KADE GOMES MAKES 1ST TEAM EBAL

RYAN ROBINSON MAKES 2ND TEAM

AUSTIN SHADBOLT AND COLE ARNOLD MAKE HONORABLE MENTION



POKES WIN WILD MEMORABLE MARATHON GAME AT GRANADA
LIVERMORE OUTLASTS MATADORS 7-6 IN FOUR HOUR 13 INNING THRILLER
   There have been some great Livermore/Granada rivalry baseball games throughout the years, but nothing will top the one played Thursday afternoon at Granada.  The 2007 game was a good one in which the Pokes had to win in order to clinch the league title but fell down 7-1 but rallied to win 19-12.  The 2008 game was another crazy game with Livermore winning in 10 innings.  That game went close to three hours in 95 degree heat and an umpire passed out and sprinklers came on in extra innings.  However, nothing topped the classic that unfolded on Thursday.  
      The game started very much like any other game minus the festivities before the game for Granada's senior day.  The Pokes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a double by Brad Archer to drive in Kade Gomes.  The Pokes got another run in the 3rd when Kade Gomes scored again on a Brad Archer ground out.
      Granada tied the game on a crazy play in the bottom of the 6th inning.  With runners on 1st and 2nd, the Matadors hit a single to score the lead runner and then the Pokes got the batter in a run down between 1st and 2nd.  The Matadors executed perfectly and the runner scored during the run down.  Ryan Robinson stranded the runner at 2B in order to preserve the tie.  
      Both teams went quietly in the 7th and the game went in to the first of many extra innings.  Livermore came out swinging in the 8th when Kade Gomes lined a double to lead off inning.  Cole Arnold then laced a single to score K. Gomes on a close play at the plate.  Brad Archer and Jimmy Thomas then both hit rockets with Archer getting a single and Thomas' shot turning into a double play.  Granada rallied right back and scored in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game.
     The game then went on a roller coaster through the finish.  Both teams had a ton of chances to score and both team's defense and pitching were up to the challenge to keep the score tied into the 13th inning.  Livermore then exploded for four runs (in which they would need all of them!) with the big blow coming on a bases loaded double off the fence by Ryan Mitchell.  Mitchell had just missed a grand slam in the 10th inning on a bomb to left but just hooked foul.  Granada rallied once again but only got three runs as Brad Archer gutted out the inning to strand the winning run at 2B!  Archer threw four innings to get the win and he had not thrown more than an inning all year and only had thrown two innings all year! Kade Gomes threw 2 2/3 innings of gutsy pitching too.  Ryan Robinson started the game and threw a gem!  Minus the freak two runs, Robinson was in complete control.  He struck out 10 Matadors in 6 1/3 inning of work.  He had to be removed because of pitch count.  Robinson fell just three Ks short of the school record for strikeouts in a season!!!
    The game was close to four hours long and saw what makes high school baseball so great.  Both teams competed until the end and the Pokes were fortunate enough to come away with the win!  
       

POKES NO MATCH FOR FOOTHILL
FALCONS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN EN ROUTE TO 18-1 VICTORY
     Livermore had no answer for the potent offense of the Foothill Falcons as they scored 15 runs before an out was recorded in the 3rd inning.  Foothill is one of the best teams in the area and it was on full display on Wednesday.  They were relentless at the plate and sent a big lefty throwing close to 90 on the mound.  Livermore managed two hits on the day:  Cole Arnold had a double and Ryan Robinson got a hit in his first and only at bat of his career!  The lone run came on a sacrifice fly by Trey Olsen.

POKES SPLIT WEEK
LIVERMORE BEATS DUBLIN, LOSES TO AMADOR
    The week started out rough for the Pokes as they traveled to Amador Valley and did not play very well and lost 9-0. Amador once again proved to be an unfriendly place for the Pokes as they could only manage three hits on offense and the pitching struggled walking 11 Dons.  The defense did not help either by committing five errors.  It was a day the Pokes would like to forget....and that is exactly what they did against Dublin in their next game.  Livermore traveled to Dublin to play a game in circus like conditions.  Literally....a circus was going on all around the field because Dublin was having their spring homecoming festival.  There were probably 40 food tents behind the right field fence and bounce houses and bungee jumping right next to the Dublin dugout!  
      The game started slowly for the Pokes as the Gaels took a 4-2 lead into the 7th inning, but Livermore found a spark and scored six runs in the 7th inning to win 8-4.  The 7th started with Tanner Gomes singling to right field.  The next player up was Kade Gomes with his 21 game hit streak on the line.  The Pokes needed base runners and Kade was the ultimate team player in this situation.  He leaned into a pitch to get on base with zero regard for his hit streak.  This play was key in sparking the inning.  Brett Oelrich then sacrificed the runners over to bring Brad Archer to the plate.  Archer already had two hits on the day so the Gaels intentionally walked him to load the bases.  Jimmy Thomas then hit a bullet to the right of the Gael's 1B and he just got a glove on it but could not secure it.  It was an infield single to score a run.  Then....the big blow.  Austin Shadbolt hammered a pitch off the top of the fence to score two runs and on the relay throw to try and get Thomas at 3B, the ball went into the dugout allowing Thomas and Shadbolt to score.  Livermore was not done with the inning though!  Kacen Shreffler then singled with a line drive up the middle and Mason Paulo followed with his second hit of the game as he doubled to deep right center to score Shreffler.
      Ryan Robinson had a gutty complete game for the Pokes by striking out 10 and walking two en route to get the win.  Kade Gomes 21 game hit streak ended but did so in the most unselfish manner as he helped the team win.  Huge congrats to Kade for an amazing accomplishment with his 21 game hit streak!
    Livermore now faces Foothill and Granada in the final week of the season and if the Pokes sweep the week they are in the NCS playoffs. 

LIVERMORE BATS EXPLODE FOR 10-7 WIN OVER LOGAN
POKES FINALLY PLAY THIRD GAME OF BIG O CLASSIC AND IT WAS AN OFFENSIVE GAME
   Livermore had to wait three weeks to finish the Big O Classic but they did so in style by beating James Logan 10-7 on Saturday at home.  Livermore used two five run innings to get the job done.  They exploded for five runs in the first inning on six hits and two HBP to take an early 5-0 lead, but Logan rallied back to tie the game in the fourth inning.  The Pokes did not back down and rallied for five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Once again, Logan scratched their way back close but could never get closer than 10-7.
    Cole Meyers got the win and Kade Gomes got the save as the pitching staff did just enough to eek out the win.  Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit for the Pokes with Brad Archer, Tanner Gomes (who also had four RBI) and Cole Arnold each collecting two hits.  Austin Shadbolt continued to swing a hot bat by going 3-4.  He now has six hits in the past two games.  Kade Gomes extended his season long amazing hit streak to 20 games with a single in the 5th inning.
    Livermore gets back to EBAL action on Wednesday when they travel to Pleasanton to take on the Dons of Amador Valley.

POKES LOSE IN EXTRAS TO CAL
LIVERMORE UP 3-0 INTO SIXTH AND LOSE 5-3 IN 8TH
   Ryan Robinson threw a great game for the Pokes.  He shut out the Grizzlies into the 6th and threw seven solid innings to get the Pokes into extras, but the offense came up short.  Robinson walked none and struck out eight in the no decision.  It was the second time Robinson pitched deep into the game in EBAL to give the Pokes a shot at a win.
     The offense was productive enough to get three runs across as they scored one run in the second, fourth and fifth innings.  Kacen Shreffler had two hits and scored two runs to lead the offense.  Kade Gomes extended his school record hit streak to 17 games with a single in the 5th inning.
     Livermore now faces San Ramon Valley on Wednesday at home.

TALE OF TWO GAMES
POKES ONE HIT BY DV AND SCORE 8 RUNS AGAINST DLS
    The Pokes offense went AWOL against Doughtery Valley on Friday as they got one hit by the surprising Wildcats.  It was a rough afternoon to hit and the Pokes struggled at the plate.  Kade Gomes had the only hit which extended his hit streak to 15 games and tied the school record.  Livermore never really threatened at the plate and made some crucial errors to cost the pitching staff some runs.
      The following league game was no breather for the Pokes as they headed to Concord to play De La Salle.  Livermore tried a unique approach to the pitching staff.  They decided to throw a different pitcher every inning to try and keep the Spartans off balance.  The approach worked into the 5th inning as Cole Meyers, Grant Ikeda, Kade Gomes and Nick Hermann all threw scoreless innings and Livermore held a 1-0 lead.  DLS then scored six runs in the 5th to go up 6-1.  However, the Pokes bounced right back and scored four in the 6th to cut the lead to 6-5.  The Spartans rallied again to score four more to extend the lead to 10-5.  However, the Pokes were not done.  The battled for three runs and had runners on but came up short again and lost 10-8.
    Kade Gomes had four hits and broke the hit streak record held by former MLB player JR Graham (Class of 2008).  K. Gomes is not hitting .550 on the season and has hit safely in every single game this year for the Pokes.  He also made his pitching debut on the mound throwing a scoreless inning.  Brett Oelrich also had two hits for the Pokes and eight different players had hits for Livermore.
    Livermore now settles in for a four game home stand with games against Cal, SRV, MV and James Logan.
WILD COMEBACK FALLS SHORT
POKES WERE DOWN 10-0 BUT RALLY TO MAKE IT 10-7
   You never know what you are going to get with a rivalry game.  Livermore and Granada squared off for their first meeting on a blustery day with the wind blowing straight out at Livermore High.  Granada jumped all over the Pokes and stormed out to a 10-0 lead in the 4th inning, but the Pokes showed some resolve and scratched and clawed their way back into the game and had a few chances to win the game but came up short.
     Offense was in fully display today as balls were flying all over the yard.  Jimmy Thomas had a 3-run home run and another ball off the top of the fence in left center and finished with four RBIs.  Granada hit a few balls deep to the wall also as it was a very very tough day to pitch with the conditions.  The Pokes had 12 hits and had numerous chances to tie the game or go ahead but they could not get the big hit.  Cole Arnold, Kade Gomes and Brad Archer all had two hits apiece.  K. Gomes extended his hit streak to 14 games and one short of tying the school record.
     The biggest story of the game was Cole Meyers.  He came into to pitch in the top of the fourth with the Pokes down 10-0 and he held the Matadors scoreless for the last four innings to give the Pokes a chance to win the game.  He kept the Matadors off balance and was effective with his off speed pitch.  He struck out six along the way.
     Livermore now travels to Doughtery Valley to start the portion of their schedule where they play the other half of the league.  The Wildcats and Pokes square off on Friday at DV with the first pitch at 4:00.  

LIVERMORE SPLITS BIG O CLASSIC DOUBLE HEADER
POKES BEAT KIMBALL 7-1 AND LOSE 5-4 TO FREEDOM
    Livermore played all three phases of the game against Kimball to avenge an earlier season loss to the Jaguars.  Ryan Robinson was brilliant on the mound and Mason Arnold and Brad Archer both homered to lead the 15 hit attack for Livermore.  The win sent the Poke into the winners bracket round against the Freedom Falcons.  Freedom came out hot and swinging the bats.  They jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the 3rd inning as the Pokes got their first run on an RBI single by Archer.  Cole Meyers took the mound in the top of the 4th inning and put up zeroes in the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th inning to give the Pokes a chance to win the game.  Livermore got the score to 5-4 and had the tying run on 3rd and after Cole Arnold doubled and moved up to 3B on a wild pitch.  However, the Pokes could not push the run across and lost 5-4. Kade Gomes did extend his hit streak to 13 games on the season and he is now only two short of tying the school record set by JR Graham in 2007. 
     This loss set the Pokes up to play the Heritage Patriots in the 3rd place game, but rain come into play again. The final Saturday of the tournament was half washed out and Heritage wound up playing Campolindo at Heritage to get a game in.  Freedom went on to play Foothill in the final at Foothill and the Falcons from Foothill won 12-1 to take the title.  Livermore will now play James Logan as a make up game on Saturday April 14th at 12:00.

ROUGH DAY AT THE YARD FOR THE POKES
FOOTHILL DOWNS LIVERMORE 8-0
     Baseball is a funny game.  One day you are swinging the bats well and scoring a ton of runs and the next day, the bats go silent. The game seemed like it was going to be a continuation of yesterday's game against Dublin when Kade Gomes roped the first pitch of the game down the left field line for a double.  However, the Pokes would only muster one more hit (Brad Archer) and the Falcons scored in every inning to beat Livermore 8-0.  Kade Gomes did extend his hit streak to 11 games on the year.
    The Pokes now have a much needed break after playing five games in seven days!  They will be off from now until next Thursday when the Big O Classic starts.   Livermore will get a chance to avenge a loss to the Kimball Jaguars in the first round.  Game time is 3:00. 

POKES ERUPT FOR TEN RUNS EN ROUTE TO 10-5 WIN
LIVERMORE OUTSLUGS DUBLIN IN FIRST EBAL WIN
    The game did not start well for the Pokes as the first pitch of the game was a HBP for the Gaels.  A few pitches and batters later it was 2-0 before Livermore even got to hit.  The Pokes have struggled in the early going of most games this year and this game was no different.  Livermore did strike back in the bottom of the first when Kade Gomes led off with a single and was bunted over by Brett Oerlich.  Mason Arnold then launched a long double to left center to drive in Gomes to cut the lead to 2-1.
     The 2nd inning saw more offensive action for the Pokes as Austin Shadbolt led off with a single and moved to 2B on a walk by Ryan Bond.  A couple outs later, Kade Gomes continued his torrid start to the season by lacing a single to right center to score Shadbolt.  After a balk scored Bond, Brett Oelrich singled to right field to score Gomes to push the lead to 4-2.  Livermore added on in the 3rd when Mason Arnold singled and moved up to third on a double by Austin Shadbolt.  Ryan Bond then doubled to left field to drive them both in to increase the lead to 6-2.  After a Luke Foscalina single, Ryan Mitchell doubled down the left field line to drive in Bond and Foscalina.  With Mitchell on 2B, Brett Oelrich doubled to center field to bring home Mitchell.  The lead was 9-2 heading into the 4th inning. 
     The Arnold brothers struck in the bottom of the fourth to finish out the scoring for the Pokes.  Mason had his third hit of the day and second double of the day to lead off the 4th.  Younger brother Cole Arnold then singled to right field to drive Mason home.  
    The 10-2 lead held until the 6th when Dublin tacked on a run and added two more in the 7th but Ryan Robinson finished out the CG to move the Pokes to 1-1 in EBAL and 7-3 overall.  Livermore plays Foothill tomorrow at Foothill in their last game before Spring Break and the Big O Classic.

AGUILAR THROWS CG GEM IN 4-1 WIN
THE JUNIOR RIGHTY HELD WEST TO ONE RUN AND FIVE HITS
     Livermore continued its onslaught of games as the West Wolfpack visited LHS on Monday in a rain make up game.  The Wolfpack jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Pokes came back in the 2nd when Cole Arnold singled and later scored on an RBI single by Austin Shadbolt.  Livermore struck again in the 3rd inning when Kade Gomes and Brett Oelrich both singled to lead off the inning. With Gomes and Oerlich on 1st and 2nd, Gomes attempted to steal 3rd and Brad Archer singled to the vacant spot where the 3B was playing and Gomes scored to make it 2-1.
     The Pokes loaded the bases in the 5th inning on singles by Kade Gomes and Ryan Mitchell and a walk by Oerlich.  Brad Archer drew a walk and Mason Arnold was hit by a pitch to give the Pokes a 4-1 advantage.
     The story of the game was Aaron Aguilar on the mound.  He competed all game and struck out four en route to the complete game win.  He only gave up five hits and one earned run to earn the first CG of the year for the Pokes.
     Livermore heads back into EBAL play this Wednesday when they host Dublin.
LIVERMORE'S OFFENSE GOES AWOL IN BACK TO BACK LOSSES
POKES CAN MANAGE ONLY THREE RUNS ON SIX HITS IN TWO LOSSES
   Livermore opened EBAL play on Friday and had Amador Valley on the ropes leading 2-1 into the 6th inning.  Jimmy Thomas had a big two out, two run double in the 1st inning to give the Pokes the 2-1 lead, but the Dons came charging back with four runs in the 6th inning to take a 5-2 lead and would eventually win by the same score.  Ryan Robinson was brilliant on the mound for the Pokes going five solid innings but had to be removed because of a high pitch count.
      Livermore had no time for rest because the Jaguars of Kimball were rolling into town on Saturday morning for a 10:00 game.  It was an early start time so the Juniors would have plenty of time to get ready for Junior Prom.  The Pokes came out extremely flat and Kimball was fired up and played well in the 5-1 loss for the Pokes.  Kade Gomes and Austin Shadbolt each had doubles and Brett Oerlich had a single for the three hits.  Garrett Barker pitched pretty well, but got very little offensive support in taking the loss.
    The busy schedule continues on Monday when the Pokes take on West-Tracy in a make up game.  Livermore is then back to EBAL and will play Dublin at home on Wednesday and at Foothill on Thursday. 
MORE GAME CHANGES FOR POKES
NEVER ENDING RAIN FORCES MORE CHANGES
    The rain expected on Saturday has moved the West-Tracy game once again.  The newest schedule for the Pokes calls for a ton of games in a short amount of time.  The next two weeks look like this for Livermore:
March 23:  Amador Valley
March 24: Kimball and Alumni
March 26: West-Tracy
March 28: Dublin
March 29: @ Foothill
    The one bright spot with that many games in a row is that the Pokes only have to travel to Foothill.  The rest are at home and then they will have three more home games for the Big O Classic Spring Break Tournament.  Livermore will play seven of their next eight games at home!

RAIN FORCES MORE CHANGES
THURSDAY'S GAME AGAINST WEST MOVED TO SATURDAY
     The rain is wreaking havoc on the Pokes' schedule again.  Thursday's non league match up with West has been moved to Saturday March 17th at 3:00.  The 3:00 start time is to allow ample time for the field to dry out.  The forecast (which are always super accurate.....) says rain will move out Friday afternoon and stay away until Monday or Tuesday.  The Pokes still have a make up game to play against Kimball (filling in for Venture).  That game will be played on Saturday March 24th at 10:00 with the alumni game to follow right after.  The Pokes are off to one of their hottest starts in years despite all the interruptions from the weather.  

RAIN SOAKED WIN FOR THE POKES
LIVERMORE DOWNS WASHINGTON 6-3 IN RAIN SHORTENED GAME
   The Pokes came out guns a blazing on Monday afternoon in Fremont against the Huskies and parlayed that into the solid non-league win.  The game started off hot when Cole Arnold lined a single to lead off the game.  A hit by Mason Arnold and Luke Foscalina reached by error to plate the first run.  The big hit came from the bat of Austin Shadbolt as he singled in two to put the Pokes up 3-0 before Washington even got to hit.  Ryan Robinson then had a quick bottom of the first to get the Pokes back to the plate.
      Livermore then struck for three more runs.  Ryan Mitchell led the inning off with a hit batsmen and was bunted over by Tanner Gomes.  Mitchell was then on the move to steal third when Cole Arnold singled to left to drive him in.  Kade Gomes then singled to put runners at 1st and 2nd and Mason Arnold had the big blow with a 2 RBI double to deep left center.  Washington scored a run in the bottom of the second but Robinson shut the door to keep the score 6-1.
    The 3rd and 4th innings were relatively quiet but the rain, which was on and off all game, came in pretty heavy in the 4th inning.  The umpires decided that the 5th inning would be the final inning and it was dicey on whether the game would be finished.
    Livermore went quietly again in the 5th but that was not necessarily a bad thing because it shortened the inning and gave Robinson a chance to close it out in the mud and muck.  Robinson battled miserable conditions which saw a bat fly off the backstop because it slipped out of a batter's hand.  There were also numerous balls flying out of hands because the ball was so wet.  Robinson blocked it out and gutted out the final three outs for the five inning complete game.
    The gutty win moved the Pokes to 5-1 on the season and are set to take on West-Tracy on Thursday pending rain.

SOLID WIN FOR LIVERMORE AGAINST IRVINGTON
POKES DOWN THE VIKINGS 6-0 IN FREMONT
    Kade Gomes led the offensive attack and Garrett Barker led the charge on the mound as the Pokes beat Irvington in the non league game.  The game started quietly for both teams as they both went 1-2-3 in the first.  Livermore then capitalized on Irvington's inability to throw strikes.  The Vikings walked the bases loaded and Ryan Bond drew another walk to score the first run.  Kade Gomes then laced a single to left field scoring Tanner Gomes and Austin Shadbolt.  With K. Gomes on first and Bond on third, Gomes stole second and Bond read the throw and stole home to give the Pokes a 4-0 lead.  That lead held until the top of the 7th inning when Aaron Aguilar scored on a triple by K. Gomes.  Brett Olerich then drew a walk and sprinted to 2B by design and when he drew a throw, Gomes stole home for the 6th run of the game.
      The game was never in much doubt as Garrett Barker was in command on the mound for the Pokes.  He went five solid innings striking out 10 while only walking two and giving up two hits. Aaron Aguilar came on to finish out the shutout by going two scoreless innings to seal the win for Livermore.
     Livermore's next game has been changed from Wednesday of next week.  The game has been pushed up to Monday pending the storms that are about to move in next week.  The Pokes will travel back to Fremont to take on the Washington Huskies.  First pitch is set for 3:30.

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT FOR POKES
ARROYO JUMPS OUT TO 5-0 LEAD AND HANGS ON 5-4
    Livermore spotted the Arroyo Dons five early runs in the first two innings and could not overcome it in the non league loss at home.  Nick Herman came into the game in the second inning and stopped the bleeding to give the Pokes a chance to win the game.  The sophomore right hander struck out six and only gave up one run in five innings of work in his best outing of the year.  Aaron Aguilar pitched a scoreless 7th inning to finish out the game.
    The Pokes offense came up just short in their comeback effort after being down 5-0 after only batting once.  Brad Archer had two hits and was intentionally walked once in another impressive day at the plate.  Kade Gomes (who finished with two hits) drove in two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to get the Pokes on the board and then Livermore struck again in the 5th when Mason Arnold doubled and was drove in by Luke Foscalina's single and then later scored on Ryan Mitchell's single. 
    Livermore had more than their share of chances to score in the game leaving the bases loaded twice and runners on second and third twice.  The Pokes battled for all seven innings and came up just short against the defending NCS D2 Champs.  
    Livermore now travels to Fremont again this time to play Irvington.  First pitch is Thursday at 3:30.
RAIN WINS IN LIVERMORE-VENTURE GAME
HEAVY RAIN WAS THE STAR CAUSING THE CANCELLATION OF THURSDAY'S NON LEAGUE MATCH-UP
    The Pokes were set to take on the Venture Academy Mustangs from Stockton on Thursday but the brutal rain and wind canceled the game.  This match-up would have been fun because Coach Brett Christopher was the original coach who started the program at Venture some six years ago.  Coach Christopher had just finished his playing career at University Pacific when he started the program at Venture.  The school was called Excel Academy when he started the program but Excel merged with Venture three years ago when Coach Christopher began coaching at LHS and his assistant took over at Venture.  The Venture game will not be made up due to scheduling issues, so the Pokes will play Kimball High from Tracy instead on Saturday March 24 at 10:00.  The alumni game scheduled for that day at 11:00 will be pushed back to 12:00 and the Varsity Pokes will play a double header that day.

LIVERMORE NO HITS AMERICAN
RYAN ROBINSON AND AARON AGUILAR COMBINE ON 6 INNING NO HITTER; BRAD ARCHER IS OFFENSIVE STAR
    The Livermore offense remained potent today but it did it in a different fashion.  The American Eagles pitchers struggled to throw strikes and their defense was shaky, but the Pokes took advantage and scored 14 runs en route to a 14-1 win in Fremont.  The Pokes went quietly in the first but then erupted for seven runs in the 2nd inning and seven more in the 5th to cap their scoring.  Livermore took advantage of nine Eagle walks and six Eagle errors to help score the runs.  Brad Archer was 3-4 on the day with 5 RBIs while Cole Arnold was 2-5 with 3 RBIs.  The Pokes continued to run wild on the base paths tallying another four stolen bases to bring their season total to 19 in three games.
    The pitching staff continued to be strong in the early going of the season with Ryan Robinson going five solid innings striking out six and walking only one.  The one run he gave up was unearned.  Robinson improved his record to 2-0 on the season.  Aaron Aguilar came in and cleaned up the six inning no hitter by tossing a perfect 6th inning to complete the first no hitter for the Pokes in 20+ years.  The game was called after the sixth inning because of darkness.
    The win pushed the Pokes to 3-0 on the season and have a game scheduled for tomorrow at home against Venture Academy.  Weather looks awful for the game but if it happens first pitch is scheduled for 3:30.  Garrett Barker will get the start on the bump for the Pokes.

POKES OFFENSE IN HIGH GEAR
LIVERMORE BEATS MOUNTAIN HOUSE 13-2 AT HOME
    Livermore continued its early season offensive output by score early and often against MHHS.  The Pokes went quietly in the first inning, but erupted for six runs in the second inning and never looked back.  The big blow in the 2nd was a bases loaded double by Jimmy Thomas (who was 2-4 with 3 RBI on the day) that cleared the bases.  The Pokes had their first two runs of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Foscalina and when Brett Oelrich reached on an error. Livermore went on to score two in the 3rd, two more in the 4th and three in the 5th.  Kade Gomes finished with three RBI on the day while Austin Shadbolt was 1-1 with an RBI and three runs scored.  The Pokes hit many balls hard and had quite a few "loud" outs.  As a team, Livermore has had quality ABs to start the season.
     Garrett Barker went five solid innings for the win while striking out four and giving up only one earned run.  Nick Hermann cleaned up the 6th and 7th innings by striking out three 


LIVERMORE ROLLS TO SEASON OPENING VICTORY
RYAN ROBINSON HAS 10 K'S IN 5 INNINGS OF WORK TO LEAD THE POKES
   The 2018 season kicked off in fine fashion for the Livermore Pokes as they defeated the visiting Mt. Eden Monarchs 8-0 in a non league game at Livermore High.  Senior righty Ryan Robinson went five solid innings only needing 60 pitches to strike out 10 and only walk one.  He gave up one hit along the way to cruise to the victory.  Aaron Aguilar and Cole Meyers pitched the 6th and 7th innings to finish out the win for the Pokes' pitching staff.  For the game, the staff only walked two and gave up three hits.
     The offense was led by Tanner Gomes who had three hits.  Brad Archer and Kade Gomes each chipped in two hits apiece to help the offense.  Both Archer and K. Gomes each had 2 RBIs on the game also.  The game could have been much worse if the Arnold brothers would have caught a break at the plate.  Senior Mason Arnold hit a bullet towards the shortstop's right with runners on 2nd and 3rd but he made a great play to end the inning.  Sophomore Cole Arnold had a similar situation with runners on 2nd and 3rd and he hit a bullet to the center fielder who also made a great play to end that inning.
    All in all, it was a great start to the 2018 season as the Pokes played all three aspects of the game well: they hit, played solid defense and pitched well for the victory.
    Livermore will host Mountain House on Friday in another non-league matchup.  First pitch is set for 3:30.

POKES GEARING UP FOR SEASON
LIVERMORE SCRIMMAGES FREEDOM AND MSJ PREPPING FOR SEASON
      The Diamond Pokes look to get back to the NCS Playoffs with a strong 2018 year.  Livermore returns quite a few starters from last year's squad.  The pitching staff looks to be anchored by Ryan Robinson combined with a mix of new arms.  The offense has quite a few returners for the Pokes:  Mason Arnold, Tanner Gomes, Kade Gomes, Brad Archer and Ryan Mitchell.  Quite a few newcomers are also looking to make an impact. The Pokes will carry four sophomores on the squad:  Brett Oelrich, Cole Arnold, Nick Hermann and Kacen Shreffler.  
      The Pokes have a new look in the preseason playing a few new teams from previous years.  New teams on the schedule this year include:  Mission San Jose, American, Irvington, Venture Academy, Kimball and West-Tracy.  The Pokes will play the following familiar foes: Arroyo, Mt. Eden, Mountain House and Washington.  After non-league, Livermore will enter the "meat grinder."  EBAL looks to be especially tough this year as many teams have quite a few returners.  The league will remain split into two divisions with the Valley having Livermore, Granada, Foothill, Amador and Dublin.  The Mountain side consists of De La Salle, Cal, Doughtery Valley, San Ramon and Monte Vista.  The league champ is determined by a league playoff at the end of the year in which the top three teams from each side play in a one week tournament.  The #1 seed from each side gets a bye while #2 from Valley plays the #3 from Mountain and vice versa.
      The Pokes will also host the 4th Annual Big O Classic during Spring Break.  The tournament will be co-hosted with Foothill.  It is an eight team bracket with the Foothill side consisting of James Logan, Foothill, Santa Rosa and Heritage.  The Livermore side has Livermore, Kimball, Campolindo and Freedom.  The tournament will be held on April 5,6,7.  
       




 
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James Petersdorf,
Oct 13, 2017, 9:46 PM
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