A walk-off left Powdersville on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat to Wren on Tuesday. The game was tied at three in the bottom of the seventh when an error scored the winning run for Wren. The Patriots lost despite out-hitting Wren six to three.
Wren dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when a run came around on a passed ball. The teams traded scoreless frames in the second, but the Patriots were ready to answer in the 3rd. Cody Morris singled with one out, and moved to second on a single by Andrew Dent. A double steal left runners at 2nd & 3rd with one out for Gibson Boyd. Morris scored on a passed ball, and Boyd drove a single through the left side to score Dent. Boyd would steal 2nd with 1 out, but Wren would wiggle out of any further trouble, leaving Powdersville with a 2-1 advantage.
Patriots starter Camden Troyer would cruise through the 3rd giving the Patriots an opportunity to add on in the top of the 4th. Jacob Madden lead off with a single and stole 2nd with 1 out. A strikeout brought Gavin Troyer to the plate and the sophomore lined a ball into the left center scoring Madden and pushing the Patriots lead to 3-1.
Troyer added another quick inning in the 4th, but Wren answered defensively with a quick inning of their own. Troyer was able to get the first out in the bottom of the 5th, but two walks by Wren chased the Patriots starter from the game. Troyer finished by pitching 4.1 innings with 7 strikeouts, allowing 1 hit and one earned run.
Brandon Rowlands would move from behind the plate in relief of Troyer and got a 2 quick outs, but not before Wren was able to plate a run on a passed ball, making the score 3-2 in favor or Powdersville after 5 complete.
Rowlands would single to start off the 6th, but 3 quick outs gave the Wren offense a chance to tie the game, which they did after loading the bases with 1 out on a walk, an error, and a hit-by-pitch. Wren would tie the score on a sac fly to deep left, but Rowlands would get a strikeout to end the threat with the score tied at 3 entering the final frame.
The Patriots would go quietly in the top half. In the bottom, a one out infield single and a nicely executed hit and run would put runners at the corners. Powdersville chose to intentionally walk the next batter, loading the bases. Wren pushed the final run across after a ground ball was bobbled on the infield.
6 different Patriots led the 6 hit attack, with Boyd and G. Troyer notching an RBI each. Powdersville also swiped 8 bases total; Andrew Dent, Gibson Boyd, and Brandon Rowlands each had 2.
Powdersville will be back in action on Thursday, March 12th for their home opener against Woodmont. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30. The series against Wren will conclude Friday, March 13th at Powdersville. Fans can, can catch both games at https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=powdersvillebaseball#/
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