MARIETTA- Nine Pats recorded a hit and the Marietta Patriots (1-2) capitalized on three errors to defeat the Gwinnett Tides 13-3 in seven innings Tuesday night at Marietta High School.
The Pats ten run victory over Gwinnett (0-1) ties a team record for largest margin of victory last set in a pair of 11-1 victories over the Phenix City Crawdads and the Norcross Astros, and is also the first time the Patriots have defeated an opponent via run-rule since their 11-1 victory over Norcross in 2017.
Livingston Morris, Payton Eeles, and Matthew Vaccaro each went 2-for-3 with Morris and Eeles both driving in two runs. Paul Grazzini and Randy Guevarez also chipped in with two RBI, and Walker Hennon went 2-for-4 at the plate. The infielder from Lincoln Memorial has recorded at least one hit in every game with the Pats this season.
The Patriots jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of RBI singles by Morris in the first and third innings. The Tides then scored two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a pass ball to tie the game in the fourth before the Pats responded with three runs in the home half. With two outs, Adam Alicea walked and Randy Guevarez reached on an error to extend the inning. Sam Cohen (0-1) then plunked Khalil Wilson to load the bases before Payton Eeles put the Pats out front with a two-run single into center field. Another run scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-2 Patriots through four.
After Gwinnett cut into the Pats lead with an RBI single by Jabronski Williams in the fifth, the Pats broke the game open in the home half with six runs on four hits and two errors in the fifth. Two more runs scored for Marietta on a sacrifice fly and a hit batter in the sixth to make it 13-3 Patriots.
Pats starter Ronny Piepmeier walked six batters in 3-1/3 innings, but allowed just two runs, one earned, on three hits with five strikeouts, including three straight to escape a bases loaded jam with no outs in the second. Ryan Whitener (1-0) took the victory for Marietta in relief.
Marietta returns to action Thursday against the Gwinnett Tides at Marietta High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.