Marietta, Ga. – Randy Guevarez went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s as the Marietta Patriots (7-4) cruised to a 13-6 win over the Alpharetta Aviators (3-8) Friday night at Jackie Smallwood Field.
Marietta set an organization single-game record with 12 RBI’s while also capitalizing on 12 walks by the Aviator pitching staff. They are currently ranked first in the league for both categories with 60 walks and 50 RBI’s.
“It’s nice to see those runs come back out there,” said Pats coach Gil Navarro. “Obviously, there was a little help from (Alpharetta’s) pitching staff, but nonetheless, there were key hits and we got the job done. It was really nice to see that.”
Trailing 2-1, Marietta led off the bottom of the third with a pair of singles from Guevarez and Billy Brand. A sacrifice bunt moved both to second and third before Trey Vanderpool scored both of them with an RBI single up the middle, advancing to second on the throw. Trevor Austin then scored Vanderpool with a single into right field to make it 4-2 Patriots.
Alpharetta tied the game with two runs in the sixth, but Marietta responded immediately in the same inning. Nate Stinson singled and Jackson Cullen (1-1) walked two consecutive Pats batters to load the bases with no outs. Randy Guevarez then broke the deadlock with an RBI single through the left side, scoring Stinson and making it 5-4 Patriots. Marietta then scored three more runs, capitalizing on a wild pitch, two walks and a hit batter to make it 8-4.
Alpharetta again rallied in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs on an error, a walk, and a hit batter. Cameron James struck out swinging before Tanner Wakefield singled into left field, bringing home a run. Christopher West then tried to make it two runs on the play, but was tagged out at the plate on an excellent throw by Nate Stinson. Another run scored on a fielder’s choice, but Wakefield was tagged out on a run-down during that play, ending the threat.
Corey Linz (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits, but also allowed no walks while striking out three in his first victory of the season for the Pats.
Marietta added one run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and four more runs on another bases-loaded walk and a base-clearing double by Guevarez in the eighth to make it 13-6.
The Patriots look to sweep the Aviators in a doubleheader at Legion Field on Monday, July 2nd. First pitch is at 5 p.m.