Patriots handle Warriors on the road, stay perfect in region

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Like the team did on Monday, the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots hit the road.

And just like Monday, the team came away with a big win.

PLAS head about an hour north to Auburn where it took on AISA rival Lee-Scott and while it took a complete seven-inning game, the Patriots still came away with a 10-2 win.

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“I thought we played well (Tuesday night),” Patriots’ head coach Butch Austin said after the game.

“I think we all expected a pretty good ball game but we just hit the ball hard.

“We haven’t played any better than how we are right now,” the coach added.

Will Starling got the win, pitching all five innings, while giving up six hits and striking out eight Warriors.

The win improves the Patriots to 16-2 on the season and keeps it the only remaining undefeated team in the East region with a 3-0 record.

“I think this win says a lot about what kind of a team we have here,” Austin said. “These guys have done some good things so far this season.”

Ross Hixon led the way for the Patriots, going 5-5 at the plate, while Starling finished 3-5 and Blake Floyd finished 2-4.

The Patriots scored three runs in the first inning thanks to the McLaughlin brothers who drove in three combined RBIs.

PLAS will not be back in action until Saturday, when it will take on Macon-East on the road, thanks to the school’s spring break.

“I think most of the guys are headed to the beach,” the coach said. “They all deserve the rest and the time off.”