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Blessed Trinity avenges 2013 loss to North Hall

by Mike Blum

May 14, 2014

ROSWELL, Ga. The Blessed Trinity Titans advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs, winning in three games against a North Hall team that defeated the Titans in last year's semifinals.

North Hall won the series opener 6-4, but the Titans came back to win the second game of the doubleheader 4-0 and took the series last Thursday, May 8, with a 5-2 victory.

Freshman lefthander Patrick McNamara was the winning pitcher in the decisive third game, limiting the Trojans to three hits over 5 1/3 innings. Cody Roberts got out of a jam in the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save.

After North Hall scored in the top of the first, Blessed Trinity responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Bronco O'Brien started the rally with a leadoff single, John Castro's double broke a 1-1 tie and Bryson Jenkins followed with a 2-run single.

Brad Spinner pitched a 4-hit shutout in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, striking out six and walking one. Jake Bogosian had three hits for the Titans, including a two-run single that snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Roberts added two hits and an RBI.

The Trojans scored three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the opener. A Conor Davis home run helped the Titans take a 2-1 lead after four innings, and the Titans tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth after the Trojans took the lead with three in the top of the inning.

Jack Dunn's RBI-single helped BT pull even, but the Trojans scored twice in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Starter Ryan Young went 4 2/3 innings for the Titans, with Davis taking the loss in relief. Logan Craighead struck out three in a scoreless seventh inning.

The Titans (23-8) hosted Central Carrollton (19-14) in the quarterfinals, with a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday of this week and a third game if necessary on Wednesday. The winner will play at the winner of the Hart County-Pierce County series beginning Monday.

Central has survived a pair of three-game series, with five of the Lions' six games decided by one or two runs.

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