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Opener notebook

Josh VanMeter's first chance in a TinCaps uniform to make a play was a line drive right at him.

VanMeter misplayed the ball, which dropped to the ground. He picked it up and threw late to first base – E4.

"I just missed it," VanMeter said of the error. "It fell out. That's my bad. That's on me. I will just make sure that won't happen again."

The runner would eventually score in what turned out to be a tough night for the former Norwell standout and the TinCaps in a 9-0 loss in the season opener Thursday at Parkview Field.

VanMeter was making his TinCaps' debut in front of family and friends, including his mother Amy and father Greg.

"I was excited," said VanMeter, who is the first position player from the area to play for the TinCaps. "I was obviously nervous. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous.

"I felt good. I felt like I had good swings tonight, but was just missing. That's the game of baseball. Some nights are going to be like that."

Things didn't get worse in the field for VanMeter, but he did finish 0 for 3 at the plate with two strikeouts.

"I had the jitters all night," VanMeter said. "I was able to settle down defensively and make some plays. That's nothing to really worry about."

If there were nerves, TinCaps first-year manager Michael Collins didn't notice them.

"I don't know about nerves, but I am sure he was excited and anxious to get out there," Collins said of VanMeter. "You always want to get that first play out of the way."

Masterful Martinez

Great Lakes starter and winning pitcher Jonathan Martinez had the TinCaps' bats as cool as the weather.

The right-hander gave up only two hits and struck out 11 in six innings. He didn't walk any batters and looked in control the entire time.

"He threw his fastball pretty well," Collins said of Martinez. "A lot of our punchouts came on fastballs. He did a great job in those conditions, the ball is wet, and it is cold out there."

The TinCaps struck out 16 times against three Loons pitchers.

Tough outings

Walker Weickel, who pitched for the TinCaps last year, was the starter for the team and lasted only three innings.

He gave up five hits, five runs (four earned) and walked the first two batters he faced.

Weickel was relieved by Adrian DeHarta, who gave up the other four runs in 2 1/3 innings.