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Patriots can’t find offense

in 13-3 loss to Abbeville

By RICKY COUCH

Sports Writer

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots were unable to overcome the powerful bats of the Abbeville Christian Generals Friday.

The Generals racked up 13 runs to defeat the Patriots on their own home field by the score of 13-3.

The Generals struck first in the top of the first with a big two-run shot to go up 2-0. The Patriots bounced back for a run in their half of the first to close the gap to 2-1.

Matt Floyd led off with a double to move into scoring position right away. After advancing to third on a Layton Sanders ground ball Floyd crossed the plate by way of Will Hudson’s sacrifice.

Abbeville was intent on keeping the Patriots out of the game, however. The Generals exploded for five more runs in the second to pad the lead 7-1. The Patriots finally held Abbeville scoreless in the third and posted two runs of their own.

Hudson led off the inning with a double to give the Patriots a great chance for a run. Hudson moved to third on a Curt Garrett single then crossed the plate on an Abbeville error. Garrett also scored on a Chris Campbell single to put the Patriots down only 7-3. But the Patriot bats had no more pop in them.

Abbeville held the Patriots scoreless for the rest of the game while scoring four in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game by the ten run rule 13-3.

Pitcher Kris Stubblefield took the loss for the Patriots going only one-and-two-thirds innings. Stubblefield gave up seven runs on seven hits striking out two while walking two as well.

The Patriot leaders at the plate were Jeremy Barberie,who was 3-for-3 with 1RBI and Curt Garrett who was 2-for-3. Will Hudson was 1-for-2 with an RBI of his own.

The loss dropped th Patriots to 2-3 on the year.