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The Patriots plate nine runs and rallies to tie the score three times, but can't get ahead.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Nine runs weren’t enough.
Patrick Henry’s baseball team continued to swing the bats with great vigor in the Group AAA Northwest Region opening round. The problem was, the Patriots couldn’t prevent guest Forest Park from doing the same.
PH rallied to tie the score three times, the first time from five runs down, only to see the Bruins plate three unanswered runs in a 12-9 victory on a sunny but windblown Friday afternoon.
That made the total 59 runs in the last five games for the Patriots , but that didn’t trump 15 Forest Park hits or make up for six walks and four wild pitches issued by PH .
The Patriots (8-14) went quietly in their last two at bats, striking out four times and ending the sixth with a double play in which bad base running resulted in the lead runner being caught off second.
“I hate it that we put up nine but it wasn’t enough,” Patriots coach Aaron Haigler said.
The victory sends the Bruins (15-7) to the next round and a 6 p.m. game at Battlefield Monday.
The loss ended a four-game PH winning streak that boosted the team into its third regional in four years, even after the Patriots started this season 0-8.
“We’ve been extremely resilient this year,” Patriots right fielder Britt Dunnavant said.
Dunnavant completed a standout career by going 3 for 5 and driving in the first run. He also scored two runs and was a home run short of hitting for the cycle. He popped to third with a runner on second and one out in the fifth and was the last of three strikeout victims for reliever Kyle Staats in the bottom of the seventh.
Staats was one of the heroes for the Bruins (15-7). The husky left-hander came in with two on and none out in the fourth. After the inherited runners scored on an Evan Deyerle double followed by a Jake Wright single, Staats surrendered only one unearned run the rest of the way. He struck out the side in the fourth and seventh.
“He doesn’t come in in relief very often,” Bruins coach Sonny Moss said. “He has 10 appearances but eight were starts.”
Dunnavant, who finished the year hitting over .500, was respectful of the big southpaw.
“He’s a good pitcher,” Dunnavant said. “He’d come with the inside fastball then give you the curve away. He knew how to locate. Unfortunately, toward the later innings, we all didn’t make the adjustments at the plate we needed to.”
Even so, PH ended with 13 hits and three walks. Among the hits were three doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Leadoff man Jimmy Butler hit his first home run to start the third inning. Butler’s poke got up in a stiff breeze blowing off the plate and carried over the fence in left. PH went on to score five runs in the inning and tied it up the second time, this time after trailing 6-1.
Butler went 1 for 3 with a walk, sacrifice, and two runs scored. He also figured in the outcome by pitching 3 1⁄ 3 innings of relief. He came in with two on and two out for Deyerle, the struggling starter, and got the last out to stop the Bruins’ four-run third. Butler was charged with nine hits and six runs.
Thomas Stockstill had a big day at the plate for PH going 3 for 3 with a double, walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Deyerle and Jake Wright each had two hits and drove in a run.
Forest Park had multiple runners on base in every frame but the seventh, when a single by Tyler Feldman was erased by an inning-ending double play. Feldman and Sam Fuson, batting seventh and eighth, combined for three hits each and five runs scored, and reached base nine times in 10 plate appearances.
Forest Park 114 303 0 — 12 15 2
Patrick Henry 105 210 0 — 9 13 1
N. Harmon, Staats (4), and L. Harmon. Deyerle, Butler (3), Brown (7) and Wright. W – Staats. L – Butler. HR – Butler (PH), 3rd, none on.
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