MARIETTA - Adam Alicea went 2-for-2 with one walk, but the Marietta Patriots (6-9) managed just four hits as they fell 5-0 to the Alpharetta Aviators (6-8) Monday night at Marietta High School.
The Patriots won their first two games against Alpharetta Thursday and Friday night, but could not pull off the sweep as four pitchers combined for the four-hit shutout.
For Alpharetta, Chris West went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Aviators at the plate. Harrison Stover (3-0) pitched five innings and allowed no runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts to earn the win, and three relievers combined for four innings of scoreless, hit-less relief.
The Aviators jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly from west into left field. The lead increased in the third as the Aviators capitalized on a walk and an error to make it 2-0. Two more runs came across on two hits and an error in the fourth before West made it 5-0 in the eighth on an RBI single up the middle.
The Pats had a pair of chances to put a run on the board in the third and fifth innings, but could not capitalize. With one out and the bases loaded in the third, Collin Teegarden popped out to third base, and Paul Grazzini struck out swinging. Then in the fifth, with a runner on second, Alicea singled into shallow left field, but Nick Tiano was gunned out at the plate on an excellent throw by Nadir Lewis.
The Pats face the Norcross Astros in a doubleheader Tuesday, July 2 at Marietta High School starting at 4 p.m.