MARIETTA (6-12) vs. ATLANTA (8-9)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Norcross High School
Thursday, 7 p.m. at Marietta High School
Friday, 7 p.m. at Norcross High School
The Marietta Patriots and the Atlanta Crackers face each other in a three-game series that could impact both sides' playoff hopes. The Crackers are currently 2.5 games ahead of Marietta in the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Patriots took the opening series against Atlanta in June, winning the first two games 9-8 and 3-2 before falling to the Crackers 4-3 at Marietta High School.
Collin Teegarden sparked the Pats 3-2 victory over Atlanta with a solo home run to lead off the first inning.
Carson Weir (1-0) made his first start of the season against Atlanta on June 19 and pitched six innings, allowing only one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts to earn the victory.
Greg Collins made his first start of the season Monday night against the Astros and pitched a team-high seven innings, but was hit with the tough-luck loss after allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Livingston Morris is currently tied for third in the Sunbelt with a team-high three home runs this season. The right fielder from Georgia Gwinnett blasted two home runs in the second game of a doubleheader against the Norcross Astros, becoming the fourth Pats player to accomplish this feat.
Matthew Vaccaro currently leads the Patriots with a .432 batting average. If the season ended today, the first baseman from Reinhardt University would shatter the previous single-season record of .370 set by Nate Lowe in the 2014 season.
Payton Eeles, Ryan Suppa, and Nate Dupree were each named to the Sunbelt Prospect Showcase watch list Sunday, June 30.
Alex Watkins made his 24th career appearance with the Patriots against Norcross (June 15) to become the team's all-time leader in that category. The right-handed pitcher from Reinhardt University is also the Patriots career leader in saves, recording his seventh in the Pats 3-2 victory over Atlanta.
The Patriots 13-3 victory on June 11 over the Gwinnett Tides tied a team record for largest margin of victory (10) and is the first time the Pats have won via run-rule since 2017.
Walker Hennon hit the Sunbelt League’s first home run of the season on June 10 against the Norcross Astros.
Ryan Whitener (1-1) picked up his first victory in relief (June 11) against the Gwinnett Tides, and then recorded his first save (June 19) against the Atlanta Crackers
The Patriots look to return to the Sunbelt Championship for a third straight season after two consecutive appearances in 2017 and 2018. The Pats dethroned the Atlanta Crackers in 2017 to capture their first Sunbelt title, but fell short against the Brookhaven Bucks in 2018.
Coach Gil Navarro returns for his sixth season as the head coach of the Marietta Patriots, a position he has held since their first season in 2014. Under his guidance, the Pats have reached the playoffs in all but one season.
The Patriots will once again play their home games at Marietta High School for the 2019 season.
SERIES VS. ATLANTA
Tuesday's game will be the 27th all-time meeting between the Marietta Patriots and the Atlanta Crackers. Atlanta leads the all-time series 15-11, but the Patriots are 2-0 against the Crackers in the playoffs, defeating them in a two-game series sweep to win the Sunbelt Championship in 2017.