Tyler Holcombe tossed six innings of two-run ball and the Heritage baseball team swept the season series from Flowery Branch with a 9-2 victory Tuesday.
Holcombe scattered nine hits, but limited the damage thanks to four strikeouts as Heritage (13-6, 7-3 Region 8-AAAAA) won its fourth consecutive game.
“It was a gutsy performance as he executed pitches at critical times, weaving out of trouble,” Heritage coach Jason Borcherding said of Holcombe, a senior right-hander.
Ryan Sutton, George Moll and Isreal Zackery all contributed two-hit games for the Patriots, who played county and region rival Salem Wednesday in a game that ended too late for this edition.
Newton take advantage of hits to get 6-3 win
LOVEJOY — The Rams were able to make the most out of their trips to the plate to get the 6-3 win even though they were out hit by Lovejoy.
Lovejoy had four hits to Newton’s two but the Wildcats left 10 runners stranded on base.
Mason Calloway and Alex Johnson had the two hits for the Rams.
Besides getting one of Newton’s two hits, Johnson also got it done on the hill pitching 2.2 innings. In his time on the mound, Johnson did not give up a hit or a run.
Johnson took the ball with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He was able to get out of the inning forcing a ground out to end the threat. He started the sixth inning with two strikeouts while getting the batter to hit to first base for the final out. He found himself in a little bit of trouble in the seventh as the Wildcats had runners in scoring position with one out. After getting the batter to pop up, Johnson struck out the batter to end the game.
Josh Prince recorded the win for the Rams throwing three innings of shutout innings where he struck out three, walked one and surrendered two hits.
After the Rams jumped out to a lead scoring four runs in the third inning, Lovejoy pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth making it 4-1. The Wildcats threatened again in the fifth making it 5-3 but that came to an end when Allen Bowen got Quincy Roberts to ground out.