Suwanee, Ga. – Brandon Grover homered and Harrison Osborn pitched seven strong innings as the Marietta Patriots (9-9) cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Norcross Astros (10-7) Tuesday night at Peachtree Ridge High School.
With the victory, the Patriots snapped a three-game losing streak while the Astros fell to third place in the league standings after the Brookhaven Bucks and Atlanta Crackers won each of their games.
“It was exciting to come back and get that monkey off our back,” said Patriots head coach Gil Navarro on snapping the three-game losing streak. “The fact that we started getting a lead and started chipping away early was huge and gives us momentum and ability to keep going.”
Harrison Osborn (1-0) was stellar in his first start of the season for Marietta. The right-hander from Point University allowed nine hits, but also allowed just one run and two walks, striking out four and helping the Patriots snap a three-game losing streak.
“It was very exciting to see how much production (Osborn) got out of those seven innings,” said Coach Navarro. “To be able to get that much production out of him was huge.”
The scoring started in the second as Trevor Austin legged out a single to third base, advancing to second on an error as Sam Freitas’ throw sailed high over first base into foul territory. A wild pitch moved Austin to third before Gabe Howell drove him home with a sacrifice fly into center field.
With two outs and a runner on second in the third inning, Nate Stinson reached on another error by Freitas that extended the inning and brought Brandon Grover to the plate. Grover then made the Astros pay with his league-leading fourth home run of the season, smacking the three-run shot over the left field wall to put Marietta up 4-0.
After Norcross responded with a run in the bottom of the third, Gabe Howell led off the fourth for the with a single through the left side. Howell then stole second before advancing to third on a single by Stephen Cullen. Cullen then stole second before Howell scored on an error by Jordan Krueger (1-3), who threw the ball into center field trying to pick Cullen off. A ground ball to the shortstop advanced Cullen to third before Randy Guevarez drove him home with a sacrifice fly to right field that put Marietta up 6-1.
Norcross added one more run in the eighth on an RBI single by Sam Freitas. The Patriots capitalized on Norcross' mistakes, scoring four runs on four errors to earn the victory despite getting out hit by the Astros 12-6.
Marietta returns home on Thursday, July 12th, as the Patriots face the Astros in a doubleheader at Jackie Smallwood Field starting at 5 p.m.