The 2019 baseball team has been building and building all season long. They have continued to get better and better and have seemed to hit their stride. The Patriots swept the St. Augustine Purple Knights in the regional playoff series by the scores of 5-3 and 8-5.
In game one, Dax Ford pitched 5 great innings and left with a 3-2 lead. The Knights tied the score at 3 in the top of the 6th, however. The lead did not last long as the Patriots scored two in the bottom of the inning behind Logan O’Neill’s leadoff single, Caleb Spann’s steal of 2nd base and Amir Phillips’ game winning RBI double. Michael Curtis picked up the win in relief, tossing 1.2 innings and Logan O’Neill came on to get the final out of the game, recording the save.
Game 2 saw a backorth affair. The Patriots came out hot behind a leadoff hit by Joel Taylor and a sacrifice fly by Dax Ford for an early 1-0 lead. However, the Knights would answer with 2 runs in the bottom of the first. The Patriots tied it up on a quirky play. Collin Guggenheim hit a towering fly ball to deep 2nd base. The infielder had trouble locating it an eventually dropped it. Running all the way Ford got to 3rd and Guggenheim was near 2nd. However, the throw beat him to the bag and a rundown ensued. Guggenheim stayed in the rundown just long enough for Ford to score, thus counting the run. The Patriots took a 4-2 lead in the fourth when Amir Phillips delivered a 2 RBI base hit. It looked like more runs would score that inning, but an inning ending double play kept the score at 4-2. The Patriots tacked on two more in the fifth inning on Richard Woodruff’s 2 RBI base hit. The Knights responded in the bottom half of the frame plating 3 runs to cut the Patriot lead to just one, 6-5. After a scoreless 6th inning, the Patriots added two big insurance runs in the top of the 7th for the 8-5 lead. That’s the way the game would end, sending the Patriots into the quarter-finals.
They will now face the Brother Martin Crusaders on Thursday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00. The “if necessary” game would be 45 minutes following the 2:00 game on Saturday. All games will be played at Kirsch-Rooney stadium on the campus of Delgado Community College.