CACC thrashes Marion, 19-3Published 10:45am Friday, March 15, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Central Alabama Community College baseball team got off to an explosive start to their three-game home-stand with Marion Military Institute, ransacking the Tigers’ shaky pitching on their way to a 19-3 (F/7) demolition.
Jamie Patterson got the win for the Trojans (14-10), going six innings and giving up five hits. He struck out five.
“It wasn’t his best,” CACC head baseball coach Wynn Fletcher said of Patterson’s performance. “Jamie’s usually a 90 to 94 miles per hour guy. In this game, he threw 85-86. But he pitched. He kept them (Marion) at bay, kept the pitches down low and he battled.”
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Trojans took advantage of the Marion pitchers’ inability to consistently locate the strike zone.
Darius Reese and Ben Hall drew lead-off walks and B.J. Martin loaded the bags with a bunt single.
Then, the runs started pouring in.
A bases loaded walk of Zach Rinehart was followed by RBI singles from Jalin Lawson and Bo Edwards.
Zach Mayhew added a RBI groundout.
Edwards later scored on an errant throw, but injured his shoulder sliding into third base. As of press time the severity of the injury is unknown.
“After B.J. laid down that beautiful bunt, we just kind of took over from there,” Fletcher said. “They (Marion) struggled to throw strikes early on. We took our bases, we took our pitches and when they left them out there, we jumped on them. We got an RBI every time we had a chance to get one. I credit the team. They hunkered down and got after it after we fell behind.”
After putting up six runs in the first inning, CACC put up a five-spot in the second inning and four more runs in the third.
The Trojans added three more runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth.
Edwards ended his day with two RBIs. Lawson drove in four runs.
Mayhew knocked in three Trojans and Martin plated two runs.
Paul Young scored Martin and Rinehart with a two-run triple in the bottom of the third inning.
Rinehart also drove in two runs for CACC.
The Trojans’ homestand continues this weekened with a double-header on Saturday versus Marion.