Trojans stifled by Patton
The Chase Trojans had their chances against Patton as they had base runners in all but one inning, but they failed to come with the big hit falling to the Panthers 8-2 Tuesday night.
After Patton jumped to an early 5-0 lead in just over two innings off starter Aaron Ballinger, Chase (1-2) mounted a threat in the bottom of the third.
Avery Hollars led off the frame with a four pitch walk. He moved to third two batters later when Dylan Lewis dumped a single into short centerfield. Hollars rounded the bag too far, however and was tagged out in a rundown to end the inning.
Cody Greene made a diving catch in right field to rescue his team in the top of the fifth inning, Chase made a bid to break up the shutout. Taylor Hardin led off with single over shortstop and Josh Epley followed with a long drive just to the right of the foul pole for a loud strike.
Epley eventually struck out after an extended battle, but Caleb Lancaster reached on a botched double play attempt. Hardin was picked off third though and Geoff Rollins struck out swinging.
Patton then got to reliever Kyle Bingham, adding a pair of runs in the fifth and a single tally in the sixth. Chase tried to get back in the game in the bottom half by putting two more runners on with no outs. But the home team was once again turned away, stranding the runners.
Chase finally got on the board in their last at bat when Lancaster led off with a booming double to the right field gap. Two outs later. Hollers yanked a pitch down the left field line that stayed just inside the foul pole to account for the 8-2 final.
Chase returns to action Friday as they travel to face R-S Central. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.