MARIETTA (1-2) vs. GWINNETT (1-1)
Thursday, 7 p.m. at Marietta High School
Friday, 7 p.m. at Georgia Gwinnett College
The Marietta Patriots and the Gwinnett Tides meet for the second time this season after Marietta won the first meeting 13-3 in seven innings.
The Patriots ten-run win over Gwinnett tied a team record for largest margin of victory (10) and is the first time the Pats have won via run-rule since 2017.
Livingston Morris, Payton Eeles, Matthew Vaccaro, and Walker Hennon each recorded two hits against Gwinnett with Morris, Eeles, Paul Grazzini and Randy Guevarez also driving in two runs.
Walker Hennon hit the Sunbelt League’s first home run of the season against the Norcross Astros Monday night. The infielder from Lincoln Memorial leads Marietta with a .571 batting average and has recorded a hit in all three games for the Pats this season.
Ryan Whitener (1-0) picked up his first victory in relief Tuesday night against Gwinnett.
In two relief appearances, Logan Ward has pitched four innings, allowing no earned runs and is currently tied for first in the Sunbelt with nine strikeouts.
Marietta returns nine players from 2018, and the Pats welcome 20 newcomers to the roster this season.
Among the top returners on offense are Matthew Vaccaro, Livingston Morris, and Randy Guevarez. Vaccaro (.304, 1, 15), the Patriots top returning hitter, recorded a hit in a team-record 11 straight games last season, while Guevarez and Morris each played a pivotal role in the Pats opening round series win over the Astros. Guevarez blasted two home runs in Game Two of that series, while Morris batted in all for of the Patriots runs in Game Three to help send the Pats to their second straight Sunbelt Championship series.
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. GWINNETT
Tuesday's game will be the 23rd all-time meeting between the Marietta Patriots and the Gwinnett Tides. The all-time series is tied 11-11, but Marietta has won seven of the last ten. Both teams split their season series last year.