Pike Lib finishes off Hooper 4-3, still perfect in area play

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pike Liberal Arts’ trip from Troy to Hope Hull took longer than the 4-3 Patriots win did Wednesday afternoon.

The Patriots made the 58-minute trip from Kervin Drive to Fischer Road for one inning of a make up game against Hooper Academy.

The game originally began on March 4, but was halted due to rain in the sixth inning.

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AISA rules mandate that area games must be played to conclusion, so the Pats went back to Hooper on Wednesday to close the book on the month-long rain delay.

Pike led 2-1 after the first inning in March, after picking up two runs on a Drew Starling single and error by the Hooper center fielder.

Pike picked up a pair of runs in the fifth, one coming on a Chandler Avant double and one on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Myles Loving.

Neither team scored in the game’s final inning, the only one played on Wednesday.

Chandler Avant came in for the save and retired the Colts in order with a ground out and pair of strikeouts to finally put an end to the game.

Rush Hixon got the win on the mound

With the win, the No. 3 ranked Patriots remain undefeated in area play after knocking off Northside Methodist in March and Macon-East Montgomery on Tuesday.

Pike returns to the field on Thursday against Emmanuel Christian in Montgomery.