|High School Baseball:
Patterson's Grand Slam Gives Triton Its First Win
Monday, April 14, 2003
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
Getting that first hit of the season has to bring relief to a batter to they finally finding some open spaces for that elusive base hit. That personal achievement could go un-noticed as the team still hasn’t recorded their first win of the season. Shawnee has gotten off to a quick start winning their first three games looking to add one more game to their streak against the Mustangs from Triton High School. On this day, Triton would collect ten hits including a bases loaded homerun from senior Ryan Patterson in the second inning. Triton’s early success was enough to hold off the Renegades and go on to post a 10-8 victory at home.
Neither team has played an opponent from their own division so far this season, but that does matter, as a win is a win. Every win that Shawnee picks up keeps them paced with the every so dangerous Cherokee Chiefs and the Cougars from Cherry Hill East from the Olympic Conference American Division. Triton has been labeled one of the favorites from the Olympic Conference Patriot Division competing against Cherry Hill West, Timber Creek, Pennsauken and Winslow Township for the title.
Shawnee started this game out with a one run lead after their top half of the first inning was completed. The Mustangs would respond during their bottom half when Brian McLaughlin tripled to left center scoring John McClain and then going ahead 2-1. But during their next at bat, a key bases loaded single that scored two Renegades highlighted the inning. It looked as if Shawnee successful season would continue as they plated four more runs in the next inning to jump back ahead 5-2.
Early in this game, both teams took advantage of some timely walks for most of this game. McLaughlin would also reach base when ball four was called with the bases loaded to plate the go ahead run 6-5 in the bottom of the second inning. All of the Mustangs’ runs were scored before a single out was recorded and it paid off when Patterson stepped up to the plate. A no doubt about it shot over the left field fence by Patterson’s grand slam gave Triton enough runs to walk away with their first win of the season.