AUGUST 9, 2018 - CHICO, CA: With an 8-7 win over the Lincoln Potters, the Chico Heat are your 2018 Great West League Champions. It is the second time in three years that the Heat has taken home the trophy. The Heat gave up four runs and the lead in the top of the fifth before rallying in the next inning and holding off the Potters. Ryan Sanchez earned the victory out of the bullpen.
Trenton Stowe, Alex Crouch and Tim Frith each drove in two runs for the Heat on Thursday. They were responsible for six of the seven Chico RBI’s.
Stowe got the Heat on the board first with a two run double and would latter score on a Frith single for a three run lead after two innings.
The Potters got on the board in the top of the third on a wild pitch that allowed a runner to score from third base. Lincoln would then tie the game in the top of the fifth inning after an RBI single reduced its deficit to 4-2. Zach Patterson drove in two runs to tie the game. Later another wild pitch gave the Potters the lead.
The Heat took back the lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Joe DeBaca singled and Stowe walked before Crouch doubled them in. Frith’s single drove in a run, and Tanner Rowdy’s sacrifice fly gave Chico an 8-5 lead.
The Potters battled back again in the seventh inning, scoring two unearned runs to make it a one run game but Brayden Bonner shut them down in the eighth and ninth inning.
The Heat finished with the regular season with a 43-14 record, which was a league and franchise record in wins.
Lincoln: 7 Runs, 5 Hits, 2 Errors
Chico: 8 Runs, 8 Hits, 1 Error
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