MARIETTA -- The Marietta Patriots (9-14) loaded the bases in the ninth and brought the winning run to the plate but fell 9-6 to the Alpharetta Aviators (9-13) Tuesday night at Marietta High School.
Two recent call-ups from the Prospect Division led the Patriots at the plate as Anthony Angelety and Blake Metcalfe combined to reach base seven times. Angelety, who is batting .800 in his three games with Marietta, went 2-for-2 with three RBI and two walks, while Metcalfe, in his second game with Marietta, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs with a stolen base and a walk.
Matthew Vaccaro recorded his 53rd hit as a Patriot in the third to take sole possession of the Pats all-time career record. The hit was also his eighth straight in an official at-bat, but streak ended there as he struck out in the seventh inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the second, Angelety put the Pats on the board with a one-out, bases loaded walk, and then Paul Grazzini added another run with a fielder's choice groundout to second to cut the deficit to 3-2. Mickey Skole then attempted to tie the game on a double steal from third but was called out at home.
Alpharetta then increased their lead to 8-2 in the third with five runs on Kyle Bork's two-run homer and Zachary Brown's three-run single.
One of the bright spots for the Patriots was Ryan Whitener, who struck out eight and allowed just one run five innings of relief to keep the Patriots close.
Marietta began to chip away in the home half as Vaccaro's RBI single cut the deficit to 8-3. Then, after Alpharetta added another run in the fourth, Anthony Angelety doubled with runners on second and third, scoring both to pull the Pats within 9-5.
With two outs in the seventh, Blake Metcalfe hit a fly ball that was lost in the lights by the right fielder, allowing him to reach third on a triple before scoring on Walker Hennon's pinch-hit single to make it 9-6.
The Patriots had one last chance in the ninth. David Minton singled, and Angelety and Metcalfe walked to load the bases with two outs. But Jet Kern stuck out Walker Hennon swinging to record the save.
Pats starter Carson Weir (1-1) struggled in his first appearance since June 27. The incoming freshman at Oglethorpe University pitched three innings and allowed eight runs, seven earned, on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
The Patriots return to action Thursday against the Gwinnett Tides at Gainesville High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.