Patriots split with Glenwood

Published 3:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Pike Patriots closed out their 2016 regular season with a split against Glenwood on Wednesday.

The Patriots lost game one 11-1 before turning around and defeating Glenwood 11-10 in game two.

“We didn’t play particularly well,” said Patriots head coach Allen Ponder. “They have a really good baseball team this year. They did a good job hitting the baseball and they played a very solid, clean baseball game.”

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Glenwood scored three runs in the second inning, four in the third, two in the fourth and one run in the fifth. The Patriots scored their lone run on a hit by Reed Jinright in the third inning.

Cason Murphree started game one for the Patriots and lasted 3.1 innings and Kiegan Simmons came and pitched the rest of the game.

“Cason didn’t do a bad job at all,” Ponder said. “He threw some strikes. We made some mistakes and let up some homeruns. They pressured us every inning, but Cason did a good job at filling up the zone. They did a great job putting the ball in play so it was nothing on Cason.”

Adam Grice pitched all seven innings of game two and the offense did just enough to get him the win by scoring 11 runs.

“We did a better job at hitting the baseball,” Ponder said. “Their younger guys did a good job barreling up the baseball, but we did a good job at matching them. We did a much better job at taking an aggressive approach.”

Reed Johnson Wood Jinright, Jade Sikes, Cole McWhorter and Murphree all had hits in game two.

The Patriots (25-12) now get set for post-season play. They will host Hooper in a best two-out-of-three series starting Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

“We want to come out and be aggressive,” Ponder said. “We want to come out with a positive attitude and fill up the strike zone from a pitching aspect. Our seniors have sour taste in their mouth with they way we went out of the playoffs last year, so I am expecting it to be a different atmosphere.”