Norcross, Ga. – The Marietta Patriots (1-1) fell 6-0 to the Atlanta Crackers (1-1) at Norcross High School Saturday afternoon.
Seven Cracker pitchers combined for seven strikeouts while allowing just four walks and four hits, handing the Pats their first shutout loss since 2015, when they were known as the East Cobb Patriots.
Atlanta scored their first run in the second inning. After Pats starter Corey Linz (0-1) walked two batters, Noah Parrish reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to load the bases with one out. Austin Holloway then put the Crackers in front 1-0 with a sacrifice fly into right field.
The score remained that way until the sixth inning when Atlanta added four runs on five hits. Zach West then added a solo home run in the seventh to make it 6-0 Crackers.
Channing Walker (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Atlanta after allowing no hits and just one walk in the third and fourth innings. Holloway was a perfect two-for-two at the plate with two RBI's. Roury Glanton also finished the game with two RBI's of his own while going one-for-two.
Marietta had a chance to score early in the second as Livingston Morris led off the inning with a base hit into left field, but was then caught stealing second for the first out. After Gabe Howell walked, Stephen Cullen hit a single into right field that moved Howell to third base. But Cullen was then tagged out by the shortstop after trying to stretch his hit into a double. Cracker starter Bay Witcher then struck out Devin Bilardello to end the threat.
Nate Stinson drew three walks in all three of his at-bats for the Patriots.
Both teams will face each other again at Marietta High School on Monday, June 11th at 7 p.m.