Pats Win Second Straight vs. Alpharetta in Extras

Greg Collins pitched the final three innings to earn his first win of the season. Photo Courtesy: Daniel Wilson/Wilson Action Photo

ALPHARETTA - The Marietta Patriots (6-8) capitalized on a crucial error in the 11th inning to win 3-2 over the Alpharetta Aviators (5-8) in extra innings Friday night at Legion Field.

With the win, the Patriots move past Alpharetta into fourth place in the league standings.

Matthew Vaccaro went 4-for-5 to lead the Patriots at the plate. The first baseman from Reinhardt University is now 7-for-9 in his last two games and currently ranks second in the league with a .471 batting average.

With the score tied 2-2 in the eleventh, Paul Grazzini singled to center field with two outs. Grazzini then stole second and scored on an infield single from Matthew Vaccaro and subsequent error by the shortstop to give Marietta the 3-2 lead for good.

Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Vaccaro delivered a one out double into right field and scored on an RBI single from Livingston Morris, who then stole second, advanced to third on Palmer Sapp's single, and scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Walker Hennon to put the Pats up 2-1. The score remained that way until the eighth as Alpharetta capitalized on an error at third base to tie the game 2-2.

Four Pats pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts, the most since Marietta struck out 14 in a game against Brookhaven on June 23, 2018. Starter Nate Dupree pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run with a walk and five strikeouts. Greg Collins (1-1) pitched the final three innings and allowed no runs with five strikeouts, mowing down all nine batters that he faced to earn the victory.

The series with Alpharetta concludes Monday, July 1 at Marietta High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

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