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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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