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Patriots soar as Hurricanes dwindle

April 2, 2015

By: CAMERON ROSS – PHCC Sports Writer

The Louisburg College Hurricanes made their way up North to play the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) Patriots at Hooker Field on Wednesday evening. Representing the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), the Canes’ looked to be a formidable opponent against the Patriots. But on this night, PHCC was more than ready for the task at hand.

Louisburg opened the top of the first with a single, followed by a two-run, opposite field homerun that flew just over the right field wall. Louisburg jumping out to a 2-0 lead early only seemed to energize the Patriots, though. Both Nicolas Keister and Daymon Totherow scored in the bottom portion of the first to knot up the score at two apiece.

Fortunately for the Patriots, this 2-2 score was the closest the game ever got. Both teams went scoreless in the second inning, but in the third, the game began to turn in Patrick Henry’s favor. Two straight singles lead off the bottom of the third. After Daymon Totherow drove in one of them, three other runs scored. Christian Hartley drove in one run on a fielder’s choice, a pass ball scored another, and finally, an RBI double by Raphel Ortiz finished the rally. The Patriots held a 6-2 lead over the Cane’s after the fourth inning.

From then on, the Patriots ruled the show. PHCC scored 11 runs in total, with many of them being manufactured from the bat and legs of Nicolas Keister. Going 5-6 on the night, with 3 steals and an RBI, Keister definitely ate his Wheaties that morning.

The pitchers for Patrick Henry put forth a great effort as well. Five hurlers made an appearance, allowing only 2 runs, with 3 walks, and racking up 11 strikeouts. Their ability to get ground and fly ball outs was evident, but getting some help from great defensive efforts didn’t hurt either.

Overall, the Patriots were able to capitalize on many opportunities given to them. Stealing bags came at ease, which opened the door for many runs to be scored. But most importantly, Patrick Henry fed off the mistakes of Louisburg; optimizing any chance they had to score runs. All of this allowed for the Pats to get an easy win at the Hook. It may have been April Fool’s Day, but the baseball played by the Patriots was no joke.

PHCC plays host to Surry Community College on this upcoming Friday and Saturday as they look to build off this most recent win. Check phccsports.com and the Patrick Henry C.C. Athletics Facebook page for more details of these events.

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