Story by Sam Pritchard
Peachtree Ridge, Ga. The Norcross Astros took the first game in the series between themselves and the Marietta Patriots.
The Patriots got out to an early lead, scoring 1 run in the top of the first inning due to Livingston Morris hitting into a 6-4-3 double play. The fielder’s choice allowed Trey Vanderpool to score.
The Astros scored their first runs of the ball game on a Kel Johnson two run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The Patriots answered back in the top of the next inning with three runs off of three hits. It was a three-run home run by Brandon Grover that ultimately caused the runs to come across the plate.
After that, it looked like the Patriots had the game well in hand, but the Astros continued to fight. After the great top of the third that the Patriots had, the Astros came back in the bottom of that inning and scored one run, making the game 4-3 to the Patriots. The Astros then tied it up at four a piece in the bottom of the fifth inning off a double by Nicholas Wilhite.
Then, in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Astros took advantage of an error and a couple walks to score two runs to go ahead 6-4. Freddy Achecar stepped up to the plate when the bases were loaded and singled in a run to take the lead. Then, a wild pitch by pitcher Brooks Luther (0-1) caused another run to come across.
The game was finished after that, as neither teams scored a run the rest of the game. Hunter Furlong (1-0) got the win for the Astros and Taylor Lobus got the save (1). The Patriots play the Astros again Wednesday, June 20th at Marietta High School for their second game of the series.