Marietta, Ga. – The Marietta Patriots dropped a doubleheader against the Atlanta Crackers
5-0 and 10-4 Saturday afternoon at Jackie Smallwood Field.
The Patriots fell to 8-8 with the losses, while Atlanta improved to 9-7, moving into third in the Sun Belt League standings.
Livingston Morris had three hits through both games, while Brandon Grover hit a two-run homer in game two. His three home runs are currently tied with Kel Johnson of the Norcross Astros for most in the league.
GAME ONE (Atlanta 5, Marietta 0)
With the score tied 0-0, Pats starter Chris Rolick (1-1) walked DeAngelo Abboud to start the third inning. After a pop out to third base, Abboud stole second before Tanner Green drove him home with an RBI single into right center. A wild pitch moved Green before Jordan Howard hit a ground ball a single off the first baseman’s glove, scoring Green and making it 2-0 Crackers. A pair of Pats errors put runners on second and third before a Brock Maxwell single and a wild pitch scored both, making it 4-0 Crackers.
Atlanta added one more run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 5-0 in the fifth inning.
Jay Pendley (1-1) pitched all seven innings for Atlanta in game one, allowing no runs on four hits with seven strikeouts to earn the complete-game shutout.
GAME TWO (Atlanta 10, Marietta 4)
Atlanta jumped out front quickly, scoring six runs on seven hits off of Marietta starter Nate Dupree (0-2) while also capitalizing on an error to take a 6-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Crackers extended their lead again in the second. With two outs, Roury Glanton hit double that just stayed fair along the left field line. An error extended the inning and moved Glanton to third before DeAngelo Abboud drove him home with an RBI single into left field to make it 7-0.
Glanton and Josh McAllister then led off fourth the inning with back-to-back home runs, extending the lead to 9-0.
Marietta fought back with runs in the fourth and fifth. Livingston Morris led off the fourth inning with a double into left field before scoring Marietta's first run on a pair of ground outs. Devin Bilardello then added a sacrifice fly in the fifth before Trevor Austin singled and Brandon Grover hit his home run to cut the deficit to 9-4. That was all they could manage, however, as the Cracker bullpen shut them down the rest of the way. Atlanta, meanwhile, added an insurance run in the seventh to make it 10-4 on an RBI single by Blake Simmons.
Marietta travels to Norcross High School Monday, July 9th, to face the Atlanta Crackers at 7 p.m.