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DIVISION III: PATRIOTS RALLY AND HOLD ON BEHIND STRONG PITCHING FOR VICTORY

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SAN DIEGO CIF DIVISION III PLAYOFFS

 #2 PATRICK HENRY 3, #10 RBV 2

DEL CERRO – Despite the strong pitching on both sides the Patrick Henry Patriots (23-7-1) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and made them stand up for the victory on Saturday morning.

Things in the first inning would go the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns (15-16-1) way as they pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

Both runs by the Longhorns came when Chad Steinhauser hit a ball to short that was misplayed allowing both Kasey Campbell and Julius Butler to score.

Patrick Henry was able to go about their business and scratch a run back in the bottom of the first inning when Ryan Preciado (2-3, R, 2B, SB) who singled and stole second base came around to score when Mateo Medina (2-3, 3 RBI) grounded a ball to center field for a single.

Still trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning the Patriots use a two-out rally to take a 3-2 lead.

After Ryan Miller (2-3) led off with a single, Dante Juliano (RUN) hit into a fielder’s choice, Juliano advanced to second on a wild pitch, Tomas Gagliano (RUN, SB) grounded into a fielder’s choice advancing Juliano to third and Gagliano would be safe at first base.

With runners at the corners, Gagliano stole second to put runners at second and third and only one out for the Patriots, Ryan Preciado would ground out for the second out of the inning, the next batter Mateo Medina got a hold of one and lined a single to center field bringing home both Juliano and Gagliano to give Patrick Henry a 3-2 lead.

Patrick Henry would other opportunities as Preciado doubled in the bottom of the fifth inning with one out but wouldn’t advance any further.

Ben Manis who got the starting nod for the Patriots was doing the job against the Longhorns as he pretty much kept them off the base paths.

Once again the Patriots had another opportunity to add some insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning when Max Shabestari (1-3, 2B) doubled to lead off the inning. Unfortunately, he would only be advanced to third base.

Still only leading by the slim margin the Patrick Henry Patriots knew they were three outs from victory.

The Longhorns with one out would get a base hit by Scotty Meyer but Manis would get Tristan Carvalho to ground into a fielder’s choice in which Meyer was thrown out at second for the second out of the inning. The very next batter Evan Madrid would ground out to Miller at second base who promptly threw it to Preciado at first bae for the third and final out of the game.

Taking the loss for the Longhorns was Jarod Lesley who went 3 innings in which he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 0 on the day.

For the Patriots, Manis went the distance for the complete game victory in which he gave up 2 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 on the day.

With the loss, the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns are now officially eliminated while Patrick Henry Patriots will host San Pasqual on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 PM.

 

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