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Patriot baseball team opens with sweep of Grace

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Informtion

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Friday afternoon, with winds howling and temperatures struggling to get out of the 30’s, the baseball season opened at St. Catharine College. Fortunately for the homestanding Patriots the day was warmed somewhat by placing two marks in the win column.

The Grace College Lancers (Indiana) provided the opening day opposition and left with losses of 10-0 and 8-0 to begin their season. SCC head coach Luther Bramblett could find nothing but good things to say about his team’s season-opening effort.

“We gave up just four hits in two games, we walked just four batters and we made every play on defense. Our batters did a good job of not chasing pitches out of the strike zone and we were aggressive on the basepaths.”

All of that translated into two easy wins for the Patriots in their first-ever competition at the NAIA level. Junior right-hander Travis Adams stifled the Lancers’ bats in the opener as the Allen County-Scottsville product tossed a three hitter. Adams walked one and fanned three in five innings as the game ended there due to the 10-run rule.

The Patriots had 10 hits for the game as they scored one run in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. Kaleb Henry, Jared Yates and Brian Jones had two hits each. Justin Witt walked twice, had two stolen bases and scored three runs.

In game two, three Patriot hurlers combined for the shutout in the 8-0 victory. Nick Holmes picked up the win with five innings of one-hit ball. The Campbellsville native struck out seven and walked two. Andy Dietz allowed one hit in one inning of work while striking out the side and Evan Daub worked the final inning, allowing one walk and no hits.

St. Catharine ripped 14 hits in six at-bats led by Ryan Mangione who was 4-4 and Brian Jones who was 3-4. Patrick Jones homered for the Patriots.

“Our pitchers did a good job of being around the zone and pitching to contact,” added Bramblett. “And we made all of the plays behind them (no errors for the day) which should give them confidence.”

Due to a threatening snow storm on Saturday, the game scheduled was canceled to allow the Lancers to get home safely. The Patriots returned to the field Tuesday with a game at #7 Union College. They are back at home Saturday with a single game against Indiana University Northwest starting at 2 p.m. Sunday they will play Northwest again in a twin bill starting at noon.