MARIETTA -- Nate Dupree pitched five solid innings to earn his first victory in the Sunbelt and lead the Marietta Patriots (7-13) past the Atlanta Crackers (9-10) 4-1 Thursday night at Marietta High School.
Dupree (1-2) and Ryan Whitener combined to allow just one run on two hits through seven innings before inclement weather cut the game short. The left-hander from Kennesaw State's final line saw him pitch five innings and allow one run on one hit with five walks and six strikeouts.
Whitener (2) came on to pitch in the sixth and allowed no runs through the final two innings to earn the save. On offense, Collin Teegarden led the Patriots with two hits, Paul Grazzini doubled in the sixth, and Matthew Vaccaro had the Pats lone RBI.
"We finally got one. We had a good first couple innings scoring some runs, and we (scored) an insurance run late in the game," said Pats head coach Gil Navarro. "Our pitching was decent today, and it's nice to finally get another win."
Marietta got on the scoreboard in the first inning. Livingston Morris legged out a fielder's choice on a third-to-second double play to avoid the triple play, and then stole second and third as Matthew Vaccaro walked. Morris then stole home as Vaccaro got into a rundown stealing second to put the Pats up 1-0.
Marietta increased their lead in the second. With two outs and runners on second and third, a pass ball allowed Mickey Skole to score from third, and then the catcher's errant throw which missed the glove of the pitcher at home allowed Khalil Wilson to score to make it 3-0 Pats.
The Crackers cut the deficit to 3-1 on an RBI groundout in the third, but the Pats added some insurance in the seventh. With one out, Collin Teegarden singled, and Adam Alicea reached on an error that allowed him and Teegarden to reach second and third. Vaccaro then scored Teegarden on a groundout to the shortstop to increase Marietta's lead to 4-1.
The series concludes Friday at Norcross High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.