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Patriots draw against Ferrum

April 24, 2015

By CAMERON ROSS

PHCC Sports Writer

 

The Patrick Henry Community College Patriots returned to Ferrum College Tuesday where they faced the Panthers in an evening double-header matchup.

After falling to the Panthers 7-6 on April 16, the Patriots looked to get a little revenge working in their favor.

Gusty winds blew through Adams Field for the first game of the doubleheader, which proved to be a pivotal factor in the onslaught of runs both teams provided. By the middle portion of the third inning, the Patriots held an insignificant 3-1 lead.

The Panthers began the bottom of the third with a groundout, but followed up with back-to-back homers giving them a 4-3 lead. These jacks never rattled the cage for the Patriots, though. An RBI double by Christian Hartley put one run up in the fourth, then Nicolas Keister split the right field gap with a bases clearing double for two more to score. The Patriots were back on top with a 7-6 lead.

Miguel Lopez was on the bump for PHCC on this night, and unfortunately, he didn’t have his best stuff working. By the end of the fourth, he had given up three separate homeruns with 6 runs scored. Fortunately for the Patriots, their impressive offense bailed him out.

Once the Patriots reached the 6th inning, all worries began to flee. A Daymon Totherow single drove in both leadoff hits, and Stibel Aleman Saba pulled a two run homer that blew over the right corner wall. At this point, pitching turned out to be inconsequential. After all of the damage was said and done, the Patriots took the first game 12-6.

By the second game, both teams had settled down tremendously. They were putting up bagels until the Patriots scored two off of an RBI triple by Jose Martinez and an RBI groundout by Nicolas Keister in the top portion of the 3rd.

By the middle of the 6th, the score was 3-1, Patriot advantage. Mark Hendricks came into the game to maintain their slim lead but was unable to do so, very similar to his last appearance against Ferrum. A wild pitch strikeout, a throwing error, and a walk loaded the bases with one out.

Three straight doubles were given up after that, driving 5 runs in total. The top of the 7th lent no runs, and the Panthers scratched another win away from the PHCC Patriots.

There were very little similarities between play in the two games. It was almost as if there were two different teams playing. PHCC had runs to spare in the first game but couldn’t buy them in the second game. Coach Lucas Jones will look to extract the positive aspects of this matchup as they face New River in their last home stand April 25 and 26.

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