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Article by: Adam Paul
PATRICK HENRY 7, #3 GRANITE HILLS 4
In what might raise some eyes when looking at the days results the Patrick Henry Patriots (5-1) took advantage of opportunities to defeat the highly ranked Granite Hills Eagles (4-3) on Wednesday afternoon.
The contest originally scheduled to be played at Patrick Henry but due to construction was moved over to Granite Hills. Patrick Henry was designated the home team on the scoreboard which gave the Eagles the first crack and early on they took momentum.
Granite Hills would take a 1-0 lead on a Morgan Kelly (1-4, R, RBI) one-out base hit that brought home Baily Wallace (2-3, 2R, 2 2B) who led off the inning with a double, then Staci Chambers (2-2, R, 2 RBI, HR) took the full count offering and lined It over the left field fence for the 2-run blast to extend the lead to 3-0.
Trailing in the bottom of the first the Patriots knew they had no easy task. Looking like they wouldn’t get anything in the inning after a leadoff single by Kaiah Altmeyer (3-3, 4R, 2 SB) the Patriots’ Lauren Nett (1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR) took the offering and blasted it over the center field fence for the 2-run home run and pull Patrick Henry within 3-2. The Patriots looked to add more in the inning as H. Jenks and Dezianna Patmon walked but the Eagles would get out of the inning without any further damage.
Once again the Patriots in the bottom of the second inning used a two-out rally as Altmeyer, Jessica Dewitt (RUN) and Olivia Gigante (RUN, SB) each drew consecutive walks to load the bases. This prompted Eagles coach Curtis Barnes to make a pitching change in which he brought in Chambers to relieve starter Catie Dobbs.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the next batter Nett hit what looked like a routine groundball to short but it was misplayed which allowed both Altmeyer and Dewitt to score which gave Patrick Henry its first lead of the contest at 4-3 and the momentum.
Still trailing by a run in the top of the fourth inning the Eagles thought they had something going as Amaya Esparza (1-3, 2B) doubled with two outs. However, the Patriots would get out of the inning as they retired the next batter.
Patrick Henry added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Altmeyer led off with a double and Dewitt laid down a bunt that was misplayed allowing Alymeyer to come home to make it 5-3.
The Patriots with a two-run lead knew nothing was safe as the Eagles were very capable of making a comeback. However, Patrick Henry in the bottom of the sixth inning would push across a couple more runs to lead 7-3.
Leadoff hitter Altmeyer singled, a couple of batters later Gigante is hit by a pitch, Nett grounded out which advanced Altmeyer and Gigante, Altmeyer came into score and Jenks ripped a double which brought home Gigante.
Granite Hills would strike one more time in the top of the seventh inning with one out as Wallace roped a double and came around to score on a Rylee Omahen (1-3, RBI, 2B) double to cut the deficit to 7-4. The Patriots would end the game on a couple of ground ball outs.
Taking the loss for the Eagles was Dobbs who only went 1 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 2 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2. Chambers for the Eagles in relief went 4 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.
Picking up the victory for the Patriots was Gigante who went all 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.
Patrick Henry with their big victory will definitely deserve a push into the rankings and shake things up as they have now defeated two of the top teams in the county on the season in both the Eagles and the Eastlake Titans along with playing Carlsbad really tough.