Saturday, June 6, 2009

Patton falls in 2A state baseball final

RALEIGH -- Ethan Satterfield of Mayodan Dalton McMichael had two hits and was named the Most Valuable Player as he led McMichael to a 6-3 victory over Morganton Patton on Saturday in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Doak Field at North Carolina State University.

Satterfield, who entered the finals batting a team-leading .413, had a double and a triple in four trips to the plate Saturday and finished the best of three series with five hits in eight at bats and also scored four times.

A balanced offensive attack by McMichael was a key to its sweep, as all nine starters hit safely in both Phoenix wins. McMichael banged out 18 hits in Friday night's opener as the Phoenix took a five-inning, 16-6 victory, scoring four in the first and eight in the second.

In game two, Patton took a 3-1 lead in the home half of the second on a two-run home run by Reggie Washington, but McMichael exploded for five runs in the fifth to take command.

Joseph Hughes blasted a three-run homer during the rally and Satterfield had a run-scoring double.

Steven Trant pitched into the sixth for the Phoenix and got the win, striking out five and walking one, while Hughes came on to pick up the save. Nick Newton (10-3) was charged with the loss.

Patton's defense kept the Panthers close as they turned four double plays on the day.

The Phoenix finished the season with a 27-6 record in winning their first NCHSAA baseball championship. Patton, a school in just its second year, ended 27-9.

Doak Field, N.C. State University

Mayodan McMichael 0 1 0 0 5 0 0‹6 10 2
Morganton Patton 1 2 0 0 0 0 0‹3 6 1

WP‹Steven Trant (6-3). Save‹Joseph Hughes. LP‹Nick Newton
(10-3). HR‹Patton, Reggie Washington in 2nd with 1 on; McMichael‹Joseph
Hughes in 5th with 2 on.