CONYERS - It took the Patriots a while to get started, but once they did, Heritage's baseball team took care of business, beating Cedar Shoals 10-0 in five innings on Friday.
Heritage finished the game with five hits while being walked nine times.
Even though Zane Barefield did not get a hit, he reached base twice after getting plunked by the pitcher.
"We didn't have a lot of hits, but we got them when they counted," Heritage coach Casey Teal said. "We could've done better early on but didn't do well. We weren't as selective as we should've been, but we were selective enough to get to him and make something happen."
Three of Heritage's hits, doubles by Joseph Lester, Travis Tarleton and Elliott Walker, were for extra bases. Tyler Austin and Ryan Cochran reached on singles.
Kelvan Diaz got the win for the Patriots, pitching four innings, fanning seven batters and walking one without allowing a hit.
The Patriots struck out three times in the bottom of the first with one runner, Lester, reaching base on a walk.
They were able to rattle Jaguars pitcher Eric Busbin a little in the second inning, scoring three runs on one hit.
Cochran, who hit his way on base, scored the first run when Barefield got hit in the head on a wild pitch.
Brandon Thomas made it 2-0 on a wild pitch before Elliott Walker crossed the plate on an Austin walk with the bases loaded.
After a scoreless third inning, Heritage batted around the order in the fourth, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on four hits.
"We finally got to him," Teal said. "He was a little wild and we took advantage of that. We got runners on base and made things happen."
Walker drove in the first run on a Barefield mishandled bunt with two strikes before scoring himself on a Lester double.
"We put him in risky situations," Teal said. "He did a good job of putting it down. He doesn't always do that, but in that situations he was successful."
Lester made it 6-0 off Austin's single before he traveled the final 90 feet on a bases-loaded walk.
Tarleton, who reached on a double, scored on an Antonio Crawford sacrifice fly.
The player that started the scoring, Walker, got two RBI's with a double to end the scoring.
In 3 1/3 innings, Busbin gave up four hits, struck out fave, walked six and hit a batter.
Cedar Shoals' only hit, a double by Terrell Watkins, came in the top of the fifth inning off the relief pitcher.
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