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Baseball sweeps third straight Region X series

April 18, 2016

KINSTON, N.C. — The Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team remained unbeaten in April following its third straight Region X weekend series sweep.

The Patriots took all three games at Lenoir Community College, outscoring the Lancers 40-9 in winning games of 11-1, 14-0 and 15-8. The sweep pushed PHCC’s win streak to 13 — a season high — as the team gears up for three more Region X series to conclude the regular season, starting Apr. 23-24 at Hooker Field against league-leading Brunswick Community College.

Leadoff hitter, sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.), had an excellent series at the plate, going 8-for-12 with eight runs and six RBI. The eight hits were a season high for Stewart this season in a three-game series. His two doubles also added to his team-leading 18 while he pushed his batting average to .428. Redshirt freshman Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) added his sixth home run of the season as three of his five hits over the weekend went for extra bases, hitting his first triple of season in the final game Sunday (Apr. 17). Nania drove in six to increase his total to a team-leading 47.

Sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate in Game 2, with a double and two runs scored. Sophomore Jonah McReynolds was productive over the final two games, going 4-for-7 with four runs and six RBI.

The Patriots (32-13) totalled 10 doubles, two triples and four homers of their 36 hits in the series.

Sophomore Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va.) earned his seventh win of the season in Game 1, tossing seven innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out nine and walking two. Sophomore Yashuan Santiago (San Juan, Puerto Rico) needed just five innings of work in a shortened Game 2, but was just as effective, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out seven.

Freshmen Robert Fitzwater (Suffolk, Va.) and Parker Brann (Leasburg, N.C.) closed Game 3 with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief which allowed the offense to post nine runs over the final three innings of the series and complete the sweep.

PHCC has one more road series in the regular season, Apr. 30-May 1 at New River Community College and closes with a three-game set at Hooker Field on May 7-8 against Southeastern Community College.

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