Freedom Edges Boone 6-4 In 10 Innnings
The Freedom Patriots shook things up in 9A-4 with a 6-4, 10-inning road victory over Boone on Friday. The Patriots (6-10) improved to 4-5 in the district to stay in control of the third seed, while dropping the Braves (11-7) into the second seed behind Dr. Phillips with a 7-3 district record. Dr. Phillips needs only to win its final district game to secure the top seed, while the Patriots can also lock up the third seed depending on the outcome of a postponed district contest with Oak Ridge.
Both clubs battled for the important victory, as the two sides combined for 24 base hits. The game went to extra innings knotted up at 4-4, and remained that way until the Patriots took the lead for good in the top of the tenth inning.
Kevin Milanes reached on an error to get things going in the tenth, and Kenneth Coste and Kemil Milanes both walked to quickly load the bases. Kevin Milanes came in on a passed ball, and Coste followed off a wild pitch.
Reliever Koen Miller then returned to the mound to finish things off. Miller came on in relief in the fifth and went the rest of the way to earn the win. He struck out the first batter he faced before surrendering a single to Christian Amlong. After another strikeout, Freedom catcher Cale Jones picked off the base runner to record the final out and preserve the victory.
Cale Jones was also one of the top hitters on the day, going 3-for-6, while Coste was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Kemil Milanes went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Kevin Milanes was 2-for-6 with two runs. Nelson Quirce also had a multi-hit afternoon, going 2-for-5 with a double.
Noah Chevalier led the Braves at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run. Josias Ridley went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Edgar Alvarez was 2-for-6 with a run.