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Patriots outlast PCHS 17-16

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 22, May 28, 2003

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Ben Bragdon
KEEPING A CLOSE EYE Penquis first baseman Brent Gerrish keeps PCHS basemnner Joe Jardine in check during the first game of Friday's doubleheader between the Patriots and Pirates. Penquis won the first game, a marathon, three-hour affair, 17-16.

GUILFORD By the end of this one, you couldn't blame the coaches if they mistakenly called at their bench for the field goal unit.

Both teams took their turns racking up runs and putting together big innings, but in the end it was Penquis who topped a PCHS rally in the bottom of the seventh inning just short to take a 17-16 win in an almost three-hour game Friday afternoon.

Down 13-9 in the top of the seventh after PCHS added what looked like two insurance runs in the previous half-inning,the Patriots quickly took aim at the Pirate lead. A walk and two singles loaded the bases for Justin Morrill, whose single scored two runs and brought the Patriots to 4 within striking distance.

After Colby Chase reached on an error to re-pack the bases, Steve Kissell came to the plate and launched a line drive toward the fence in right field.

"I was watching it saying 'Get over! Get over!," Kissell joked after the game.

Though it didn't get over, hitting the fence just below the yellow marker and missing a grand slam by about a foot, it did the job as the game-tying runs came across and Kissell ended up on second with a double.

Next up, Justin Alien drew a walk, which again packed the bases, this time for brother Jordan Allen. The Allen at bat scorched a drive to deep center that cleared the bases and gave Penquis a 16-13 lead. Another run scored on a fielder's choice, giving the Patriots a four run lead.

But no lead was safe on this afternoon, and the Pirates came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh confident that they could get the necessary runs.

Joe Jardine led off with a single,and Tyier Tracy reached on an error,giving the Pirates much-needed baserunners. The runners moved up on a balk, then each scored; Jardine on a wild pitch and Tracy on a passed ball. Darin Spack, who drew a walk, would then come around to score as a grounder by Dan
Macomber was thrown past first base, bringing the score to 17-16.

With Macomber in scoring position and only one out, it looked like the Pirates had gained the momentum. But Allen settled in and got consecutive groundball outs to end the game.

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