NORCROSS -- The Marietta Patriots (6-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Atlanta Crackers (9-9) roared back with 13 unanswered runs as the Pats fell 13-3 in seven innings Tuesday night at Norcross High School.
The loss is fifth straight for Marietta and the fourth via run-rule that the Pats have suffered this season. The Patriots also have yet to win in the month of July.
Marietta led off the game with consecutive singles by Nick Tiano and Adam Alicea, and then took a 3-0 lead on consecutive RBI doubles by Livingston Morris and Matthew Vaccaro. From there, Cracker starter Tyler Fairchild (4-0) settled in and shut down the Patriots for the next four innings as the Cracker bats took over.
After scoring a run in the first, the Crackers erupted with five runs on four hits in the second to take a 6-3 lead and chase Marietta starter Ronny Piepmeier (0-2) after just 1-1/3 innings. The Cracker bats continued to dominate with a run in the third, and then three in the fourth on back-to-back home runs by Cole Phillips and Jack Fleming to increase their lead to 10-3. Three more runs came across in the seventh to complete the run-rule victory for Atlanta.
Brenton Burgess went 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Atlanta at the plate. The rising senior from Georgia Gwinnett also showed off his two-way abilities as he came on to pitch in the seventh and retired all three batters he faced.
The series with Atlanta continues Thursday at Marietta High School. First pitch is at 7 p.m.