Late surge: Patriots hold off Lee-Scott in 7-6 win

Published 8:24 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots used a four-run sixth inning to overcome a late deficit in their 7-6 win over Lee-Scott on Tuesday afternoon in Troy.

After falling behind by one run in the sixth inning, the Patriots used Lee-Scott’s pitchers’ lack of control to their advantage and took the the final lead of the contest.

Holt Steed earned the start for the Patriots on Tuesday afternoon. Steed pitched 5.1 innings and allowed a total of four runs, three of which were earned. He allowed five hits.

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Clay Barron pitched the rest of the way for the Patriots. He allowed three hits and two total runs, only one of which was earned.

The Patriots sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and, by inning’s end, had three runs.

After back-to-back one-out singles by Drew Nelson and Davis Allen, Levi Sikes singled to right field to drive in Nelson for the inning’s first un.

Two batters later, Levi Sikes doubled high off the wall in left to score both Allen and Levi Sikes to put the Patriots up 3-0.

After allowing a one-out double in the first, Steed retired eight straight batters leading into the top of the fourth inning. In that inning, four-straight batters reached for the Warrior allowing them to score their first run of the game with a single to left field. They crept a bit closer when they successfully laid down a squeeze bunt, cutting the Patriots lead to one at 3-2.

Two innings later, the Warriors claimed their first and only lead of the game. After the leadoff man reached on a throwing error by Levi Sikes, the Warriors had the tying run at third base. By the end of the inning, however, the Warriors scored two runs to take a 4-3 lead. The Warriors fourth run of the game came on a dropped pickoff attempt.

It didn’t take long for the Patriots to respond. After a quick first out in the bottom of the sixth, the Patriots had six straight batters reach. Clay Barron started the run with a single to left and was followed by a walk by Max Copeland. Cody Hollis reached safely on a fielder’s choice after he laid down a bunt to safely advance both Copeland and Barron.

Nelson tied the game when he reached on a bases-loaded walk.

Allen drove in the leading run on an infield single that allowed Copeland to score from third base. Hollis came around to score after Levi Sikes was hit by a pitch and Nelson scored the final run on a balk, which would ultimately be the winning run.

The Warriors made the Patriots work for it in the top of the seventh. Lee-Scott scored two runs on two hits, but a flyout ended the Warriors comeback attempt.

The Patriots were scheduled to play in the Hits for Heroes Tournament in Dothan on Tuesday night. They will hit the road on Thursday to take on Lakeside.