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Patriots top Rockingham C.C. 11-1

March 31, 2016

WENTWORTH, N.C. — For the second time in a week the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) baseball team defeated Region X, Division III Rockingham Community College.

The Patriots (20-13) closed the month of March on Wednesday (Mar. 30) with a 15-5 record, following an 11-1 win over the Eagles in a shortened seven innings. The win snapped a three-game losing streak after PHCC was swept in its Region X, Division II opening series at Wake Tech over the weekend.

Sophomore Rashad Stewart (Dinwiddie, Va.) led three Patriots hitters with multi-hit games, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. He also stole two bases to up his total to a team-leading 16. Sophomore Ryan Coale (Lexington, Va.) continued his hot streak at the plate, adding a pair of hits and runs scored. Coale now has a team-leading batting average of .417.

Sophomore Jerald Negron (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) also scored twice and had a pair of hits out of the No. 9 spot.

Mid-week starter, freshman Jared Bridges (Rocky Mount, Va.), turned in another brilliant performance by allowing two hits and one run over six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.70. He struck out six and walked three while facing two over the minimum. Sophomore Freddy Gerdtommarkotten (Verl, Germany) added an inning of relief, striking out one and walking one over 12 pitches.

The Patriots broke open a 3-1 game with a four-run, fourth inning and later put the mercy rule into effect with a three-run, seventh. Even with 10 hits and 11 runs, PHCC still managed to leave 11 runners on base.

PHCC opens up April with five big home games, starting Saturday (Apr. 2) with a twin-bill against Region X rival Catawba Valley at Hooker Field. The three-game series concludes Sunday (Apr. 3) before the Patriots take on Region X, Division I Spartanburg Methodist — ranked in the top five nationally — Wednesday (Apr. 6) in a doubleheader.

The Patriots will wrap up their five-game season series with Rockingham at home with a doubleheader Apr. 13.

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