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Patriots make it eight straight wins with doubleheader sweep at Surry

April 9, 2016

Dobson, N.C. — The long ball was in full effect Saturday (Apr. 9) for the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team.

Sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.) hit a single game program-record three home runs in Game 1, while redshirt freshman Brandon Nania (Murrysville, Pa.) and sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) provided homers in Game 2 to help complete a doubleheader sweep of Surry Community College in the first two games of their three-game Region X series in North Carolina. The Patriots opened the day with a 14-0 win in a shortened six innings before using Nania’s homer in the fifth inning of Game 2 to edge the Knights 5-3.

The Patriots (27-13) have won eight straight games and look to sweep their second consecutive Region X series when the series concludes at noon Sunday (Apr. 10).

Stewart opened a weekend set with a home run for the second time in as many weeks. He finished with four RBI in Game 1 and went 4-for-7 on the day to push his batting average to .403. His team-leading six home runs out of the leadoff spot is just another added weapon for Patriots coach Frank Jagoda.

“Rashad coming out and leading the game off with a home run, his first of three in Game 1, set the tone offensively,” Jagoda said.

Coale reached 50 hits for the season in Game 2 with his fifth homer of the spring. The catcher/outfielder added a multi-hit game in the opener as one of four players in Game 1 to register at least two hits. Freshman Montae Bradshaw (Prince George, Va.) also added three hits while sophomore Aaron Nanney (Gastonia, N.C.) rounded out the quartet with a 2-for-4 game and three runs scored.

Nania tied Coale for second on the team in home runs this season with his fifth, helping open up a one-run lead in Game 2 with a three-run fifth inning.

Meanwhile, sophomore weekend starters Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va.) and Yashuan Santiago (San Juan, Puerto Rico) battled through complete-game efforts. Maynard struck out one and walked none over six innings, allowing five hits to earn his sixth win of the season. Santiago had a season-high 12 strikeouts and issued no walks over seven innings. He also walked none in leveling his record at 4-4.

“Jack didn’t have his best stuff and we found a way to help him defensively to work through some innings. He also made some tough pitches when he needed to,” Jagoda said. “Yashuan really battled and kept us in the game until our offense could come through with some big hits.”

PHCC played error-free baseball Saturday, something Jagoda said has become more consistent over the last few weeks.

“Overall, it was a good team day of baseball,” Jagoda said. “It started on the defensive end and it was a very good team effort.”

The Patriots return home in the mid week (Apr. 16) to conclude a five-game season series against Region X, Division III Rockingham Community College — PHCC won the first three meetings. They will then head to the road next weekend for another Region X series against Lenoir Community College.

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