Patriots Crumble the Crackers on Opening Day

Nate Dupree struck out five batters and allowed no runs in three innings of work

Marietta, Ga. – It was an all-around good night for the five Pats pitchers that took the mound as they combined for 14 strikeouts while giving up only five hits and six walks and allowing no runs. Justin Freeman (1-0) picked up the win after allowing just two hits with four strikeouts in the sixth and seventh, while Nate Dupree also had an excellent night allowing just two walks with five strikeouts in three innings of work.

The Pats began the sixth by drawing two walks off of Cracker pitcher Stone Kelly (0-1), who was promptly relieved by Austin Hohm. After Brandon Grover reached on an error to load the bases, Stephen Cullen broke the deadlock with an RBI single to Hohm, whose throw home was just off the mark and resulted in another run, making it 2-0 Patriots. The Pats then scored two more runs on two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter before Randy Guevarez hit a fly ball that snuck underneath the right fielders glove into to the right field wall for a bases clearing double to make it 7-0 Patriots.

The Crackers had a chance to strike first as they loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but couldn’t get the run home as Will Hudgins struck out swinging to end the threat. The Crackers also put a runner on third base in the third and sixth innings, but couldn’t capitalize either time.

Both teams face each other again tomorrow, June 9th, at Norcross High School. First pitch is at 12 p.m.

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