Marietta, Ga. – Matthew Vaccaro drove in four runs and Chris Rolick took a no-hitter into the sixth as the Marietta Patriots (4-3) beat the Norcross Astros 9-1 at Marietta High School Wednesday night.
Rolick (1-0) was dominant all night long in his second start for the Patriots, allowing no hits from the Astros (5-3) until the sixth inning when he gave up a two-out single through the left side. He finished the game allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out seven in 6-1/3 innings of work.
Marietta jumped out front with an early lead in the second inning. After Stephen Cullen singled and Nate Stinson doubled to put runners on second and third, Matthew Vaccaro hit a sacrifice fly into left field, scoring Cullen and giving the Pats a 1-0 lead. Randy Guevarez then drove Stinson home with a single into left field, making it 2-0 Patriots.
The Pats kept their foot on the gas, adding five runs in the third. Stephen Cullen drew a bases-loaded RBI walk with two outs before Nate Stinson drove in two more runs with his second double of the night. Vaccaro then drove both Stinson and Cullen home on a single into right field, making it 7-0 Patriots.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning. After Marietta loaded the bases with an error and two hits, Cullen drove in another run, this time on a hit-by-pitch as the ball grazed his jersey to make it 8-0 Pats. Matthew Vaccaro then made it 9-0 after hitting a slow-rolling ground ball single to the shortstop, giving him his fourth RBI of the day.
Norcross scored their only run in the seventh inning as Enrique Ferrer doubled along the left field line and then scored on an RBI single by Nick Clarno.
Tate Stone-Frisina (0-1) took the loss for the Astros after a rough outing which saw him give up seven runs on seven hits in just three innings of work.
Both teams meet again on Friday, June 22nd, at Marietta High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.