Boys Varsity Baseball · Patriots Split Series with Blue Ridge, Win Region!

Game 1: Powdersville took a commanding lead over Blue Ridge in the middle innings and never looked back on their way to a 7-1 victory. Each team would go fairly quietly through the first 3 frames, but Blue Ridge was able to dent the scoreboard in the top of the 4th. The leadoff hitter for the Tigers would walk to start the inning, and move to 3rd on some heads up base running. A groundout would put the Tigers up 1-0 and back to back hits put runners at the corners with the Tigers threatening to play add on. However, a great play by Hunter Jeter to cut a runner down at the plate, and a strikeout by Camden Troyer would end the threat of further damage. 


The Patriots would have their turn to answer in the bottom half of the inning. The leadoff hitter Cody Morris reached base on an error, but two quick outs looked to end the threat. Freshman Eli Hudgins would come through with a big 2 out RBI single, scoring Kyle Peters (who pinch ran for Morris) and knotting the game at 1. Powdersville was not finished with the 2 out magic though, as Zach Stover and Braden Williams clubbed back to back RBI singles to push the Patriots lead to 3-1. 


Blue Ridge would threaten to answer in the bottom half as a 2 out walk brought the power hitting David Lewis to the plate, but another big strikeout by Troyer would snuff out the threat. Powdersville would extend the lead in the bottom half as a Morris RBI single scored Troyer and a sacrifice fly from Hudgins brought home 2 more runs stretching the Patriot lead to 6-1. 


A double play for Powdersville ended any Tiger threat in the top half of the 6th and in the bottom half, a Troyer double, his second of the game, added an insurance run for The Patriots, making it 7-1, which would end up being the final score. The victory clinched the 2021 Region II AAA Championship for Powdersville, who would finish with a 9-1 region record.  


Camden Troyer led the Powdersville on the mound. The southpaw hurled five innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out seven. The Patriots offense collected ten hits. TroyerJake Hill, and Zach Stover each tallied 2 hits, while Hudgins chipped in 2 RBI.  



Game 2: Powdersville overcame an early 4-0 deficit, but Blue Ridge pulled away late in an 11-6 victory on Wednesday. To start the game, the Patriots would load the bases and in all send 6 runners to the plate, but were unable to push across a run. This would be a theme for the evening as Powdersville left 15 on base. 


Blue Ridge got their offense clicking early, as several Patriot miscues led to 4 run first inning for Blue Ridge. Powdersville would come back in the top of the 2nd to dent the scoreboard when Andrew Dent singled in Braden Williams cutting the Tiger lead to 4-1. The Patriots would again put runners on in the 3rd with a Blue Ridge error allowing a Powdersville run, again cutting the deficit, this time to 4-2. 


The Patriots would strike in a big way in the 4th. Braden Williams led off the inning with a double, Jake Hill singled, and Andrew Dent walked to load the bases. Camden Troyer would bring home Williams on a sacrifice fly, and RBI singles by Cody Morris and Zach Stover would give Powdersville a 5-4 lead. The Patriots would add another run in the 6th as Hunter Jeter drew a bases loaded walk to score Kyle Peters, extending the lead to 6-4. 


After being held quietly for 4 innings, the Blue Ridge offense would awaken for a vengeance as they would erupt for 7 runs, all coming with 2 outs in the inning, giving the Tigers an 11-6 lead. Powdersville would again threaten in the top half of the 7th, but were unable to push anything across. 


Hunter Jeter took the tough luck loss for Powdersville. The Senior threw five innings, allowing five hits and 4 earned runs while striking out six. The Patriots offense pounded out 14 hits despite the loss. MorrisDentHill, and Eli Hudgins each managed multiple hits to pace the attack. Dent was 3-3 with 2 walks, reaching base in all 5 of his plate appearances.