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Originally published: 2014-04-18 17:41:23
Last modified: 2014-04-18 17:41:23

Patton silences Watauga baseball team

by Staff Reports

Watauga's 3-1 loss to Patton in a Northwestern Conference baseball showdown Friday at Watauga field had a similar plotline to other Pioneers' losses this season.


Patton pitcher Brock Toner limited Watauga (7-11, 4-8 NWC) to just four hits and an unearned run. He struck out six and did not allow a hit after the fourth inning.


Watauga scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning when Utah Jones, who walked, scored on a Patton error.


The rest of the game was another one filled with frustration. Watauga, after making five errors against Hibriten on Tuesday, made three against Patton.


Watauga also left four runners on base, three of them in scoring position.


Patton made Jones, Watauga's starting pitcher, the victim of a hard-luck loss. Jones' record slipped to 1-5 this season despite allowing just one earned run against the Panthers.


Jones, who went the distance on the mound for the Pioneers, scattered eight hits and walked two, while striking out three batters.


Patton (12-6, 8-4) leaned on Wyatt Fleming for offense. He went 4-for-4 with three doubles, stole two bases and drove in a run. Fleming scored the Panthers' first run after hitting a single, stealing a base and scoring on a Watauga error.


The loss was Watauga's third straight, and the second to Patton this season.


Watauga will take a couple of days to regroup before playing in the Tarboro Easter Classic. The Pioneers play Rocky Mount Prep at 1 p.m. on April 24, and follow with a game against host Tarboro at 7 p.m. Thursday.


Watauga's junior varsity team claimed a 9-8 victory after trailing 8-5 earlier in the game.