The game was all tied up at 4-4 through six innings at Central Valley on Tuesday, April 16, but an RBI triple from junior Zach Rodriguez scored senior Alex Mora, and edged the Tigers past the Hawks 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Rodriguez ensured the lead stuck by closing the door on Central Valley. He struck out senior Ancel Cruzes to strand runners on second and third, and give Patterson their fourth win in the Central California Conference. The Tigers are 9-7 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Central Valley dropped to 7-13 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
Rodriguez worked four innings of relief for Patterson overall. During that stint he yielded only one hit and two walks, while striking out a pair.
Senior Miguel Alvarez got the start, going three innings while coughing up three earned runs, four hits and four walks.
Central Valley starter freshman Gabriel Lopez threw 5.1 innings while surrendering four earned runs, a walk and seven strikeouts. He was also 1-3 at the plate with a walk, a double and an RBI.
Patterson junior Cesar Martin had a pair of RBIs for Patterson, going 1-4 at the plate with a triple.
Senior Ryan Phelps was a perfect 2-2 with a walk, a run, a double and two stolen bases.
Jordan Imada also had a multi-hit day, going 2-3 with two RBIs.
Patterson trailed Central Valley 3-0 through the first two innings of play, but a total of four runs scored in the third and fourth inning combined put Patterson ahead 4-3.
That lead was short- lived however, as Central Valley tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the affair at 4-4.
Patterson endures close loss to Golden Valley
It was a high-scoring affair between Patterson and Golden Valley on Thursday, April 11.
A total of 15 runs were scored that day in the 8-7 loss to Golden Valley.
The scoring began when Golden Valley tallied a run in the bottom of the second inning. The two squads then mirrored one another the next two innings. Patterson and Golden Valley both scored two runs in the third inning each, then four runs in the fourth to maintain a one-run lead in the Cougars’ favor.
Golden Valley tallied an additional run in the fifth inning, which would prove to be a crucial factor.
Patterson plated a run in the sixth inning, but were unable to produce any more runs to tie or take a lead.
Junior Zach Rodriguez was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs, two runs and a triple in the loss.
Junior Cesar Martin also put together a 2-4 outing, with a double and two RBIs.
Logan McCleery got the start for Patterson, but had trouble against Golden Valley, allowing six earned runs, five walks and seven hits through four innings pitched last Thursday.
Golden Valley senior Fabian Guevara was 2-3 with three RBIs, a run, walk and a double.
Senior Jason Raine was also 2-3 with an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Senior Nate Croninger was 1-3 with two RBIs. Croninger also pitched for the Cougars, coughing up six hits, six earned runs and three walks in the win.