2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL
BY ADAM PAUL
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CITY LEAGUE (PETCO PARK)
PATRICK HENRY 4, LA JOLLA 2
Playing in a stadium and taking the same field as the local major league team is a memory that will never be forgotten in a prep career. The other memory that won’t be forgotten is winning the game.
Not only did Patrick Henry (13-5-1 Overall, 5-1 City) get to play in Petco Park on Friday evening against league foe the La Jolla Vikings (10-9 Overall, 3-5 City) but checked off the win when Ryan Preciado (2-3, 2 RBI, 2B) roped an 0-1 count to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Patriots a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Early on the Vikings would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Gavin Graff (1-2, RBI) singled to right field to bring home Blaise Gimber (RUN).
Later on, in the top of the fourth inning, the Vikings would add another run thanks to Koa Scott who roped a double to left which scored Luke Brunette to make it 2-0.
Patrick Henry finally got the bats going in the bottom of the fifth inning with one out starting with Garrett McKee (2-2, R) singling, Ryan Miller (RUN) is hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, Dante Juliano (1-4) singled to load the bases.
The Patriots were in business with the bases packed and only one out, Tomas Gagliano (1-2, R) was able to cut the Viking lead in half on a fielders choice which brought home McKee to make it 2-1, with Miller and Gagliano on base Preciado stepped to the plate and on an 0-1 count smashed a fly ball to left field that rolled for a double and scored both Miller and Gagliano to give Patrick Henry its first lead of the game 3-2.
Now trailing 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning the Vikings with two outs would get a couple of runners on base but neither would advance.
Patrick Henry would add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning starting with Ed Demos (1-1, 2B) doubling to right field, Jake Lowery (RUN) into run for Demos, he would come around to score when Cory James (1-1, RBI) laced a single to center field making it 4-2.
Ben Manis who came into relief Kyle Wilsie who started was able to retire the Vikings in the top of the seventh inning in order including a punch out.
In the loss for the Vikings, Koa Scott gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in his 6 innings of work in which he walked 1 and struck out 5 on the evening.
On the other side for the Patriots, Wilsie started but didn’t get the decision. He went 3.1 innings in which he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 ad striking out 2, Manis who got the win went 3.2 innings in relief in which he gave up 0 runs on 0 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.
With the victory the Patriots move into a tie with the University City Centurions in the City League with a 5-1 record.
The win in the major league stadium and on the same field where the San Diego Padres play will be a memory of a lifetime that no one will be able to take away. In fact, it will be one that the Patriots will be talking about for a very long time.