Pats Rally Past Aviators in Extras

Matthew Vaccaro went 3-for-4 at the plate. Photo Courtesy: Daniel Wilson/Wilson Action Photo

ALPHARETTA - Matthew Vaccaro delivered the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the tenth inning as the Marietta Patriots (5-8) rallied past the Alpharetta Aviators (5-7) 4-3 Thursday night at Legion Field.

Vaccaro went 3-for-4 to lead Marietta at the plate in his second game since returning to the team on June 25. Palmer Sapp also went 2-for-4 at the plate, and Livingston Morris blasted a game-tying solo home run in the eighth inning.

Marietta jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Livingston Morris grounded into a fielder's choice RBI with runner's on first and third. The Aviators responded with three runs in the second on a base-clearing triple from Terrell Frazier with two on, and a sacrifice fly from Kyle Bork.

The Pats capitalized on an error to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh before Morris tied the game with his solo homer in the eighth.

With the score tied 3-3, Collin Teegarden walked to lead off the tenth and stole second and third, setting up Vaccaro's go-ahead sacrifice fly to put Marietta up 4-3.

Carson Weir and Alex Watkins (1-2) combined for six innings of scoreless relief to keep the Pats close as they mounted their rally. Weir pitched four innings and allowed just two hits with two strikeouts, and Watkins pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts to earn his first victory of the season.

The series continues Friday at 7 p.m. at Legion Field.

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