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Patriots roll in 14-3 win over Rockingham C.C.

March 24, 2016

WENTWORTH, N.C. — The month of March has been a boisterous one for the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team.

Wednesday (Mar. 23), the Patriots kept on rolling with a 14-3, 7-inning win over Rockingham Community College. PHCC defeated the Eagles 19-6 on Mar. 9 at Hooker Field in Martinsville and exhibited a similar offensive display in the second meeting this season.

The Patriots (19-10) have now won 13 of their last 14 games after having a 12-game win streak snapped over the weekend. The win Wednesday was a solid team win, said PHCC coach Frank Jagoda, allowing several players to see action either in the field or at the plate.

PHCC’s offense belted out 13 hits with six doubles and a pair of home runs. In the two games played against Rockingham, it has 33 runs on 31 hits. It also was the ninth time this month the team scored 10 or more runs in a game.

Sophomore Jonah McReynolds (Martinsville, Va.) and freshman Cody Powers (Mechanicsville, Va.) each went deep for their second homers of the season. Powers was one of three Patriot hitters to register a multi-hit game and finished with three runs scored and three RBI, reaching base in five of his six plate appearances. McReynolds scored twice and drove in three.

Sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 game and a pair of runs. Sophomore Ryan Nanney (Gastonia, N.C.) scored three runs and completed the trio of hitters with two-hit games.

PHCC scored nine runs in the second inning in batting around and scored all 14 runs over the first three innings.

“We did a good a good job of barreling the baseball, especially early in the game,” Jagoda said. “We did a good job of making hard contact.”

Five pitchers combined to limit Rockingham to six hits and struck out 12. Sophomore Kemper Terry (Collinsville, Va.) struck out the side in a perfect fourth inning. Freshman Jared Bridges (Rocky Mount, Va.) pitched the first three innings, finishing with seven strikeouts and one run on three hits. The staff as a whole didn’t allow a walk and surrendered one free base on a hit batter.

“Our pitching staff did a good job of putting up zeroes and commanding the zone,” Jagoda said.

The Patriots head to Raleigh, N.C. on Friday to open Region X play against Wake Tech Community College in a three-game series. They’ll cap the month with a third and final meeting with Rockingham Mar. 30 back in North Carolina.

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