Patriots mount late comeback to defeat Indian Land 6-5

CJ Brown standing on second base after smacking an RBI double.
Noah Howie smacking a base hit.

The Independence Patriots mounted a seventh inning comeback scoring 3 runs to defeat Indian Land 6-5 in a non-conference tournament away game in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

In their final at bat down 5-3, the Patriots scored a run to make it 5-4, now with runners on second and third base with two outs, Indy’s Wilson Lohrer would drill a single scoring both base runners to give the Patriots a 6-5 advantage.  This is a lead they would not yield as they shut down their opponent in the bottom half of the seventh after loading up the bases to take home the victory on three consecutive outs.  A huge strikeout, an infield fly, and a ground out second to first to end the game.

The Patriots scored first when CJ Brown singled, scoring two runners to get the two RBI’s to take a quick 2-0 lead on a 3-1 count.  Head coach Sam Skinner gave him the green light and Brown delivered.

The Warriors would get one run back in the bottom of the first inning, then tie the score in the second when a batter was hit by a pitch, driving in a run with the bases loaded.

In the fourth, the Warriors would take the lead scoring two more runs on four walks, a batter hit by a pitch, a wild pitch, an error and a sacrifice bunt.  This seems to be a reoccurring challenge for the Patriots pitching staff this season.  The team seems to have one inning where they find a way to beat themselves.

In the fifth, the Patriots would get a run back when Bryson Jusko would work a lead-off walk, Noah Howie would walk on a 3-1 pitch, then Brandon Moser would hit a hard grounder toward the second base bag that would turn into a 6-4-3 double play, putting Jusko on third base.  CJ Brown would then deliver smacking a double to center field driving in the runner from third for the RBI making the score 4-3, Warriors were still holding on to a one run lead.



In the sixth, Indian Land would add an insurance run on a walk, sacrifice bunt, hitting a batter, and a single to scratch across what looked like a big run at this juncture of the ball game to take a 5-3 advantage going into the seventh inning.

In the seventh, the Patriots would bounce back on hits by Raja Milton, Jusko, Brown and the key hit from Lohrer, which turned out to be the game winning RBI’s.

Ben Hagan started the game for the Patriots.  Big Ben lasted 3 and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits, but 5 walks, and four runs while striking out two Warriors on 93 pitches.  Jason Haislip pitched a clean inning in relief on 12 pitches giving up a hit and collecting 1 strikeout. Carson Gesling hurled 2 and one-third innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run on 43 pitches.

On offense senior CJ Brown led all hitters going 4-4 for the Patriots.  He singled in the first, singled again in the fourth, doubled in the fifth, and singled again in the seventh during the late game winning rally.  He collected 3 RBI’s in the game and scored one run to have an outstanding day.  Senior Noah Howie went 1-2, walked and scored twice, Bryson Jusko contributed with a 1-2 day, with two base on balls, and scoring twice.  Then Wilson Lohrer had the big blow of the contest with his game winning hit.

After the spring break, the Patriots will be playing Myers Park on Tuesday April 23rd in an important away conference game starting at 6:30 in the evening.

Independence – 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 – 6

Indian Land –    1 1 0 2 0 1 0 – 5




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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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