LATEST CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Here is the word from the district:
Acting in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community, our Board of Education, at the recommendation of our superintendent, Dr. Kelly Bowers, voted unanimously to dismiss schools, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020. We expect to resume in-class learning at our schools on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, following our regularly scheduled Spring Break (April 6 - 13, 2020).
As for baseball, we will be taking the upcoming week off and re-evaluate after that. We will be re-sodding the infield burn spots next week so they will be rooted and ready for when games resume.
HUGE THANKS TO JOEY AND CHANCE SHREFFLER for the completion of the bullpen mounds! They look great and once the fence is done, they will be very close to finally being complete.
POKES DROP FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR
COLE ARNOLD HOMERS IS 8-3 LOSS AGAINST WASHINGTON
The Pokes dug themselves a hole by falling behind 6-0 after three innings, but battled back to make it 6-3 after five. However, the Huskies tacked on two more in the bottom of the 5th to put the game out of reach. Washington did not put on a hitting display but took advantage of too many walks and scored most of their runs off those walks.
To the Pokes credit, they battled back after falling down 6-0. Cole Arnold hit his second home run of the season to get Livermore on board in the 4th inning. He also had an RBI ground out in the 5th inning. The Pokes got their second run in the 4th when James Foley reached on an error allowing Bobby Farner to score. Nolan Smith continued to swing a hot bat adding two more hits on the day.
Livermore finally gets a home game on Friday when they host Northgate. First pitch is set for 4:00.
ANOTHER OFFENSIVE OUTBURST FOR THE POKES
LIVERMORE DOWNS PIONEER 14-2 IN 5 INNINGS BEHIND BRETT OELRICH'S 5 RBIs
The Pokes exploded for six runs in the 1st and eight runs in the 3rd (all with two outs) on their way to an easy victory at Ohlone College. The first inning was highlighted by a grand slam by Brett Oelrich. Oelrich also doubled in a run in the 3rd inning to give him 5 RBIs on the day. James Foley also had a very productive day at the plate going 1-2 with a double and three RBIs. Cole Arnold had a multiple RBI day also. Nolan Smith continued to swing a hot bat by collecting two more hits. Eight different Pokes collected hits on the day including a double by Nick Mamaoag.
Livermore was led by Jacob Kilbane on the mound. Kilbane went four strong innings striking four and only walking one. He was in control the whole game picking up his third win of the year. He is now 3-0 with a save on the year. Ethan Kwan came in the 5th inning and closed out the game with an easy inning.
The Pokes now head into the meat of their D2 non-league schedule facing two teams that are consistently in the playoffs: Washington and Northgate. Livermore actually faced both of them in NCS in 2016 when the Pokes won the D2 title. Washington is on Wednesday on the road (again) and Northgate is on Friday at home. Both games will start at 4:00 because of time change.
TOTAL TEAM EFFORT IN WIN OVER ARROYO
POKES POST 6-3 NON-LEAGUE WIN OVER THE DONS ON THE ROAD
Livermore once again used the whole team to collect another non-league win. Three pitchers combined on the win: Nick Hermann went 3+ strong innings and was followed by Jack Wilson for 3.1 innings. Cole Arnold came in and closed the door getting the last two outs by way of the K. Hermann was very good but ran into some trouble in the 4th inning but Wilson came in and got out of the inning to go on to three more solid innings until Arnold got the save.
The offense was much like the pitching staff in the sense that everyone contributed to the scoring. Jackson Nystrom had a two RBI single, Ty Wetzel (who finished with two more hits) had a two RBI double. Kacen Shreffler, who had doubled to get on base, scored on a passed ball. Nolan Smith had two hits on the day and Bobby Farner had a line drive single but had two sacrifice bunts which directly led to four of the Pokes' runs. James Foley also had two hits. Brett Oelrich probably had the best day at the plate but got nothing to show for it as he absolutely stung three balls right at people.
This win pushed the Pokes record to 4-0 and it was a great win because of the resolve the team showed. They got down for the first time this season but bounced right back the next inning to take the lead and eventually the win. Livermore now travles for their next "home" game against Pioneer (San Jose). The game will be at Ohlone College on Friday and the first pitch is set for 3:30.
HUGE 1ST INNING LIFTS POKES OVER MOUNTAIN HOUSE
LIVERMORE RACES OUT TO A 10-0 LEAD IN 1ST INNING
The Pokes came out swinging at Mountain House and never looked back as they cruised to a 16-2 victory over the Mustangs. Livermore belted out eight hits in the first inning leading to 10 runs. Jackson Nystrom and Ty Wetzel each had two hits in the inning and Cole Arnold added a triple while Kacen Shreffler smoked a double to lead the attack. All in all the Pokes sent 16 batters to the plate in the top of the first that lasted 32 minutes!!
The Pokes tacked on a six more runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th inning leading to the game being called because of the 10 run rule after the bottom of the 5th inning. Ethan Kwan, Jacob Kilbane and Jack Wilson combined to hold the Mustangs to two runs on three hits and struck out six.
Next week the Pokes face Arroyo and Pioneer High. The Pokes and Arroyo have a long history of great games and this year probably will be the same! Livermore is at Arroyo and then they play Pioneer at Ohlone College on Friday.
HERMANN LEADS VICTORY OVER NEWARK
ARNOLD, WETZEL AND NYSTROM ALL HOMER IN THE 9-3 WIN
Nick Hermann went five strong innings striking out three and only giving up two hits. Newark never seemed to mount a threat as Hermann cruised through five innings facing only three batters over the minimum. He only came out of the game because it is early in the season and he was nearing 75 pitches. Jacob Kilbane came in the 6th inning and pitched two strong innings to pick up the save.
The offense was both impressive and opportunistic as the Pokes scored in five of the seven innings. The first inning saw Cole Arnold launch a long home run to left center to give the Pokes at 1-0 lead. Livermore scored three runs in the second inning without even putting a ball in play! After a lead off walk, the Pokes registered two quick outs. However, some great at bats led to five straight walks to score three runs. Kacen Shreffler, Nolan Smith and Cole Arnold all battled at the plate and drew bases loaded walks to drive in runs. Ty Wetzel then homered to deep left field in the 3rd inning to push the lead to 5-0.
After going scoreless in the 4th, the Pokes broke through for two more runs in the 5th. Bobby Farner walked and James Foley was hit by a pitch setting the table for Jackson Nystrom to line a single to right center to plate Farner. The next pitch saw Nystrom steal second and Foley read the throw and steal home to complete the double steal. Nystrom capped the scoring in the 7th inning when he homered to deep left driving in Foley who had singled.
The Pokes are now 2-0 and will face Mountain House on Friday at Mountain House. First pitch is set for 3:30.
LIVERMORE NO-HITS MT. EDEN ON OPENING DAY
FOUR PITCHERS COMBINE ON THE NO-NO
Ethan Kwan, Jacob Kilbane, Jack Wilson and Cole Arnold combined on the first no-hitter in LHS in 25+ years. Kwan started the game and went two innings striking out two and he was followed by Kilbane who matched the two K's in two innings. Wilson decided two K's in two innings was a good plan and did the same thing. Arnold closed out the game with three straight strike-outs to win the game.
The Pokes got on the board in the first inning when Kacen Shreffler lined a double in the gap to lead off the game. He moved up to 3B on a fly ball by Nolan Smith and then scored on a sac fly by Cole Arnold. James Foley, Brett Oelrich and Dylan Cole all singled in the 2nd inning to plate two more runs to give the Pokes a 3-0 lead after two innings. The third inning saw more offense from the Pokes as Shreffler walked, Smith singled and Cole Arnold doubled off the top of the Monster to score two runs.
Livermore tacked on three more runs in the 6th inning on a double by Dylan Silva that drove in two runs. Shreffler then singled (after Silva was caught going to 3B on his double), stole second, read ball in dirt to third and then scored on the wild throw from the Mt. Eden catcher.
The Pokes now oare on the road for two weeks as they are away for three games and then "home" on March 6th against Pioneer, but the game is at Ohlone College.
POKES READY FOR OPENING DAY
LIVERMORE TO TAKE ON FAMILIAR FOE IN MT. EDEN
After a very successful scrimmage against Oaklnad Tech which saw very good pitching from Ethan Kwan and Jacob Kilbane, and a solid offensive attack by many Pokes, Livermore is ready for their first uniformed game. The Monarchs will make their annual visit to Livermore to kick off the season.
Livermore looks to continue what they did in the scrimmage by getting timely hits, being aggressive on the base paths and having quality innings from the pitching staff.
IMPROVEMENTS AROUND THE YARD
POKES, WITH HELP OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, UPGRADING THE FIELD
The baseball program is very excited to make some upgrades around the facility. One of the biggest additions with be a huge benefit to the fans who come out the watch the Pokes as two new large sets of bleachers are being built. The Livermore High Alumni Association has been the biggest financial backer of the bleacher project and without them the project would not have got done! They helped pay for two 21-foot by 8-row high bleacher sets that will now sit on each side of the 10 row set of bleachers behind home plate. The two new bleacher sets look very good and will triple the capacity that we had prior. Livermore showed its true pride in the building of the bleachers as 8-10 dads, along with some kids, showed up and worked all day to get 80% of the bleachers built. Joey Shreffler led the charge by organizing the labor and BBQing some tri tip for all the workers. Many thanks to Joey!
The field will also undergo some renovations in the fall. The field will get its normal overseeding and aerating along with the repair of worn lip areas throughout the whole infield and around the mound. The mound will also be rebuilt after all the use it got this summer. The biggest renovations will take place in the bullpens. Both the home and visitors bullpen will be completely redone and the home bullpen will be moved off the actual playing field. There will be some new fencing installed around the field too.