Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · Pats Fall to AC in Extra Innings

The “Boys of Spring” have one goal in mind for the regular season: a conference championship. After a hot 3 and 0 start, with wins over South Adams, Southern Wells, and Woodlan, the Patriots baseball team faced off against Adams Central in a highly anticipated game. The Jets came into the game after losing in a conference matchup with Bluffton. The game was a tough battle from beginning to end. The Patriots started off the game a little shaky, giving up 2 runs in the first inning. They settled down soon after and fought hard for the rest of the game. The Patriots chipped away at their deficit, tying the game 2-2. The game proceeded into the bottom of the seventh, still tied 2-2. After failing to scratch a run across, the game continued into extra innings. After a scoreless 8th inning the game stretched into the 9th. In the top of 9th, the Jets pushed two across with a bases loaded single. After Billy Lomow came in and stopped the rally, the Pats went to bat in the bottom of the inning down 2. Juniors Matt Saylor and Bryce Fox both reached to lead off the inning, and Senior Corey Gerardot followed up with a sacrifice bunt to move them to second and third. A few pitches later, Blake Rhymer, who was courtesy running for Saylor, scored on a passed ball, leaving the score at 4-3. With the tying run on third, one out, the team was loud, cheering on fellow teammate Billy Lomow. Unfortunately, the Patriots failed to score the tying run, resulting in a very tough 4-3 loss. Now sitting at 3-1 in conference, the boys can still claim at least a share of the ACAC by winning the remainder of their conference games. With the last two games against Bluffton and Jay County, the Patriots hope to end next week with a record of 5-1 in the conference and claim a share of the ACAC.