A 10-run first inning was all the East Newton Patriots would need on Monday, but for good measure they added 14 more and pounded the McAuley Warriors 24-7 in varsity baseball action at East Newton High School.
The Patriots (5-3) went on a tear after starting pitcher Payton Powell worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the first. That momentum sparked a firestorm in which the Patriots sent 14 batters to the plate.
Sam Swartz got the inning started with an RBI triple, while Dillon Bunch and Ryan Linton added RBI singles. Rocky Liveoak and Wyatt Hurn also had RBIs on a pair of infield singles later in the inning, before Swartz added a two-run single and Bunch brought him home with a triple to cap the swoon.
The Warriors fired back with seven runs in the top of the second, but the Patriots added seven of their own to make it 17-7 after two innings. They later padded the lead with three in the third and four more in the fourth.
Powell lasted two innings and was credited with the victory while Liveoak tossed three scoreless innings of relief.
Swartz went 5 for 5 with two doubles, a triple, nine RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. Swartz had a two-run double in the second and third innings, before adding a two-run single in the fourth.
Bunch had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Liveoak had a hit, stole two bases, drove in two runs and scored twice. Dustin Letts reached base three times and finished with two RBIs. Powell scored three times and contributed an RBI, while Jacob Patterson had a hit, an RBI, a stolen base and scored twice.
Timely hitting helped the Patriots roll past Wheaton 6-3 on Friday at Wheaton High School.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth, Bunch walked, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on a triple by Hurn to make it 3-2. Linton later added hits second hit of the contest, a double, to score Hurn to give the Patriots a 4-2 cushion.
That would be all they would need, despite the Bulldogs adding their third run in the bottom of the frame. The Patriots (4-3) scored two insurance runs in the sixth on an errant pick-of throw to second that went into center field.
Patterson, the Patriots’ first baseman reached safely in all four at-bats as he went 2 for 3 with a walk, RBI and scored a run. He has now reached safely in eight consecutive trips to the plate.
Bunch earned the victory on the mound in relief as he went four innings and allowed one run on two hits, five walks and four strikeouts. At the plate the senior had two hits, an RBI and scored a run.
Page 2 of 2 - Linton, the designated hitter, also had two hits, including a double, with an RBI and scored a run. Hurn had the triple, an RBI and scored once.
Swartz started on the mound for the Patriots and allowed two runs — none earned — on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks in three innings.
The Patriots host Seneca at 5 p.m. today.