The John Curtis-based River Ridge Patriots defeated the St. Charles Catholic-based Townsend Homes Comets 13-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Mike Miley Playground in American Legion baseball.
There was no shortage of hitting, as the two squads combined for 29 hits, 16 runs, and only one error on the part of the Patriots. The Patriots blew the game open in the fifth inning, pounding out 10 hits en route to seven runs. A potential eighth and game-clinching run was thrown out at home plate by the Comets. The clinching run eventually crossed home plate in the following inning, ending the game because of the 10-run rule.
Hunter Dale, a standout defensive back on the football team and one of the area’s most sought after football recruits in the Class of 2015, was the winning pitcher.
He threw a complete game scattering 10 hits but yielding only two earned runs while striking out three. Despite allowing double-digit hits, Dale got out of two jams with double plays, including a 1-6-3 that thwarted a Comets’ rally in the top of the sixth. Dale was not only strong on the mound, but also at the plate. As the cleanup hitter, he notched three hits and drove in two runs.
A.J. Huff was the Patriots offensive star with four hits, including a double and a triple. Kyle Burns, Myles Washington, Nick Wilson and Jacob Bordelon each had two hits to lead a balanced offense. Kody Shexnayder ended the game with an RBI single in the sixth, scoring Huff from second.
Jon Brown took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season. Brown pitched into the fifth inning and was relieved by Zach Roussel, who pitched the final inning. Justin Ory was a bright spot for the Comets, going 2-3 with all three RBIs. Zach Weber had two hits and score two runs for Townsend Homes.
The Comets have a short turnaround as they will host Brother Martin-based Peake BMW at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The Patriots will also return to action when they play Shaw-based Refuel at Mike Miley at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.