Friday, June 5, 2009

Patton loses Game 1 of N.C. 2A baseball final

RALEIGH – Seven different players had multi-hit games for Mayodan Dalton McMichael as the Fighting Phoenix beat Morganton Patton 16-6 in five innings on Friday night in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Doak Field at North Carolina State University.

Nine players on Patton's team was part of the 2004 Morganton All-Stars who played in the Little League World Series.

Friday, McMichael banged out 18 hits in the game, which was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

The Phoenix chased four runs across in the first off losing pitcher Aaron Attaway and then sent 12 men to the plate in an
eight-run second that put the game away.

Ethan Satterfield, who entered the game batting .413, and Corey Shelton each had three hits in four trips to the plate for the
winners. Satterfield had a solo homer in the fourth while Shelton and Steven Trant each had three runs batted in.

Every McMichael player in the starting lineup hit safely as the Phoenix improved their overall record to 26-6 while Patton is now 27-8.

Patton’s Nick Newton blasted a three-run homer in the second to cut the deficit to 4-3 before McMichael blew it open.

Joseph Hughes went the route on the mound for the Phoenix to earn his 10th victory in 11 decisions, striking out nine and walking just one while allowing three earned runs.

Game two in the best of three series is scheduled for Saturday morning at 11.

Doak Field, N.C. State University

Morganton Patton 0 3 1 2 0 -- 6 5 1
Mayodan McMichael 4 8 2 2 x --16 18 3

Game called due to 10-run rule.
WP—Joseph Hughes (10-1). LP—Aaron Attaway (5-2).
HR—Nick Newton (Patton), in 2nd with two on; Ethan
Satterfield (McMichael) in 4th, solo.