Patriots baseball 7-3 DONE
AUSTIN — An early lead didn’t last in the late game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Austin, and the Rochester Patriots were forced to settle for a split at Marcusen Park.
Andrew Roble threw all seven innings of the first game and pitched the Patriots to victory. The offense banged out 10 hits to assist Roble in the 6-1 win.
Jordan Stokes doubled to start the game and, after an out, Joe Moen drew a walk for the Patriots. Both runners later scored on a double by Brian Anderson. Roble and Austin pitcher Adam Hemann then fired blanks at the opposition during the next four innings.
In the top of the sixth, the Patriots used the long ball to extend their lead. Alex Peterson stroked a two-out single, and Anderson followed with a home run. The shot over the fence in right-center gave the Patriots a 4-0 lead. The visitors added two more runs in the top of the seventh, and Roble closed it out.
Jeff Sipple was the starter for the Patriots in the late game, and he tossed a shutout for the first three innings. This allowed the offense to build an early lead.
Anderson walked to ignite a three-run rally in the top of the second inning. Robin Heilskov next got a single, and Ben Van Vooren also singled in the rally. Anderson and Heilskov would score off wild pitches, and Van Vooren came home on a single by Gary Rysavy.
The Patriots would add another run in the third inning and still led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Things then fell apart for Sipple on the mound. An error, a walk, and a series of hits by Austin led to the big inning.
Sipple didn’t make it out of the sixth, and Stokes would finish the game in relief for the Patriots. John Kirby hit a two-run double to force Sipple from the hill. The Patriots did have a pair of runners reach base in the top of the seventh, but there would be no late rally.
With the split on the day, the Patriots now have a 13-8 record on the season.
PATRIOTS 6, AUSTIN 1
Patriots 200 002 2 — 6 10 1
Austin 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Rochester Patriots: Jordan Stokes 2-for-4, 2B, 2 runs; Joe Moen 1-for-3, walk, run, RBI; Alex Peterson 2-for-3, HBP, run, RBI; Brian Anderson 2-for-4, 2B, HR, run, 4 RBIs. WP: Andrew Roble 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K.
Austin Post 91: Robert Wahlert 1-for-3, SB; Adam Hemann 1-for-3; John Kirby 1-for-3, 2B, run; Quinn Yocom 1-for-3, RBI. LP: Hemann 7 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 1 HB, 6 K.
AUSTIN 10, PATRIOTS 4
Patriots 031 000 0 — 4 7 3
Austin 000 208 x — 10 15 2
Rochester Patriots: Stokes 1-for-3, walk, 2B; Anderson 1-for-2, 2 walks, 2B, 2 runs; Robin Heilskov 1-for-4, run; Gary Rysavy 1-for-3, RBI. LP: Jeff Sipple 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 2 BB, 2 HB, 2 K.
Austin Post 91: Andrew Orcutt 4-for-5, run, 4 RBIs; Steven Rizzi 1-for-4, HBP, run, RBI; Kirby 3-for-4, SB, 2 RBIs; Wahlert 1-for-1, walk, 2 runs. WP: Kirby 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 4 K.