Pats' streak continues with 10-0 victory

CONYERS - The Heritage baseball team rolled to its sixth straight Region 8-AAAA win Friday as they defeated Winder-Barrow 10-0 in five innings at Danny Blue Field.

As is becoming its trademark, Heritage (6-2, 6-0 Region 8-AAAA) was aggressive on the base paths, swiping six bases, including a nifty double steal in the first inning that helped the Patriots jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

Heritage kept the pressure on as they tacked on a run in the third and fourth innings.

Brandon Thomas doubled to lead off the third inning and moved to third base on a fielder's choice. After a walk put runners at first and third, the Patriots executed a double steal to perfection and led 4-1.

Anthony Bazzani singled home a run in the fourth inning, giving the Patriots a 5-0 lead heading into the fifth.

Tyler Austin was on cruise control throughout the game as he allowed just two hits in the game while striking out six. The only threat came in the second inning when the Bulldogs managed to get two runners on base with back-to-back hits. But Austin got out of the inning unscathed and kept the shutout intact.

With the Patriots up 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Nick Matteen got things started with a leadoff walk, then promptly stole second and third. Austin doubled in Matteen, then scored on Travis Tarleton's single to left. After another Patriot single put runners at first and third, Ryan Jubran had his third hit of the game, which scored two runners, the second off an error by the left fielder. With Jubran at third, Bazzani singled him home to end the game under the ten-run rule.

Heritage coach Casey Teal was pleased with his team's play but said there is still room for improvement, even in a win over a tough opponent.

"I was pleased with the win," Teal said. "I thought we played better today than we did Wednesday. We still have areas, you know; we have to look at our own weaknesses within ourselves and find, as coaches and players, what we can do better. There's always room for improvement."

Heritage had 12 hits to Winder-Barrow's two and did not commit any errors. The Patriots' timely hitting and aggressive baserunning kept the pressure on the Bulldoggs' pitchers and catcher, causing three passed balls and missing two double steal attempts.

Jubran had a big game for the Heritage, going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Bazzani also drove in two on a pair of singles, including the game ending liner to left in the fifth.

Austin picked up the complete game shutout while fanning six and walking none.

With the win, Heritage sits alone at the top of the standings and remains the only undefeated team in Region 8-AAAA.