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Patriots continue offensive surge vs. Jamestown CC

March 12, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There’s no question that Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) sophomore No. 1 starter Jack Maynard sets the tone for the weekend.

Friday (Mar. 11) was just another day at the office and then some for the right-hander.

Maynard (Crozet, Va.) tossed his first career no hitter in Game 1 of the opening leg of a four-game series against NJCAA, Division III Jamestown Community College at Hooker Field. He jump started the Patriots’ day with a 17-0 win in the opener before the offense continued its recent onslaught with a 10-1 win in Game 2.

The victory was the sixth straight for the Patriots as they continue to gain momentum during their 10-game homestand.

Maynard struck out 10, walked none and needed just 71 pitches to put away Jamestown over seven innings. He has allowed five hits and one run with 38 strikeouts to no walks over 21 innings in his last three home starts.

“To be able to get through a 7-inning no hitter is pretty impressive. Jack was dialed in and he faced just one over the minimum,” said first-year PHCC coach Frank Jagoda, who was coaching against his alma mater. “He had it rolling again and had all three pitches working for strikes, and was able to keep (Jamestown) off balance from start to finish.”

The offense, meanwhile, continued its recent surge of production by adding 27 more runs. It now has 64 runs and 58 hits over the last four games. Not only that, the Patriots added four more home runs to their total and their 17 through 21 games eclipsed the 14 hit all last season.

Freshman Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) hit his third home run in the last four games, cracking a three-run shot to right-center in Game 2. Sophomore Aaron Nanney (Gastonia, N.C.) went deep in Game 1 as well as freshman Andrew Lancaster (Danville, Va.) as the Chatham High School graduate hit his first career long ball. Sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.) launched his first homer of the season over the wall in left to cap things off in Game 2.

PHCC had eight extra-base hits over the two games. The offense scored 15 runs from the third through fifth innings of Game 1. Jagoda said the offense is starting to produce more big innings and is scoring at a more consistent clip per inning.

“The offense has been there and it has come in spurts. I think we’re finally starting to piece together extended innings and some other things are going our way,” Jagoda said. “We’ve hit some balls hard and we’re staying with the process.”

Four PHCC hitters had multi-hit games in the opener with sophomore Jonah McReynolds (Martinsville, Va.) leading the charge with a 3-for-4 day and four RBI. Freshman Cody Powers (Mechanicsville, Va.) added a triple, three runs and three RBI. McReynolds and Powers also notched multi-hit performances in Game 2 as Powers scored two more runs in the victory.

Sophomore No. 2 pitcher, Yashuan Santiago (San Juan, Puerto Rico), pushed his way through six innings, working out of a few jams created by walks. He eliminated a threat in the sixth inning by striking out the final two of the inning after putting two runners on base. Santiago struck out 10 and walked five over 95 pitches in six innings.

Freshman Robert Fitzwater (Suffolk, Va.) pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

PHCC made just one error over 14 innings and was much better fundamentally in the field behind its two aces. The battery combinations of Maynard-Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) and Santiago-Roger Sosa (Morovis, Puerto Rico) also did a good job controlling each game, Jagoda said.

“Defensively in the second game I thought our communication was outstanding,” Jagoda said. “There were some tough ground balls up the middle that our middle infielders were able to communicate on. I thought our catchers did a great job defensively and calling pitches.”

Jagoda added he wants to see his team finish the series and homestand strong, maintain consistency and continue to do the little things right.

The Patriots look for the series sweep with the final two games, starting at 11 a.m. today (Mar. 12).

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