Mustangs' Patterson swinging bat with confidence
March 26, 2013, 12:45 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Domenic Patterson said swinging the bat is coming naturally right now.
The junior played with a lot of confidence Saturday in Marble Falls’ third game against the Rouse Raiders.
Patterson, who has batted cleanup all season for the Mustangs, responded with three hits Saturday in an 8-3 win over Rouse. Two of the hits were smashes that went for doubles. All there were good contact and came with Patterson seeing the ball well.
"I’m playing with confidence and I’ve got a groove going,’’ said Patterson. "We worked hard all week and it showed.’’
The Mustangs win gave Marble Falls the sweep against a Rouse team that has competed well in district, but hasn’t had luck in close games.
On Friday on the road, the Mustangs snuck out a 5-4 win in 10 innings.
For the three game set, the Mustangs rolled up wins of 3-1, 5-4 and 8-3 behind strong pitching performances and timely hitting.
The Mustangs are 13-3 overall and 5-1 in district. Rouse dips to 7-12-1 and 1-8.
Cody Goodman threw a complete game Saturday, yielding four hits, three walks and fanned one Rouse batter.
The lefty used his off-speed pitches well and worked around scoring situations often.
In the second inning Rouse had two hits and an error lead to two runs. Robert Martinez drove in one of the runs on a sacrifice fly.
However, Marble Falls never trailed in the game, scoring two in the first and five in the second inning.
Patterson had a strong double to right to drive in the game’s second run and give the Mustangs a 2-0 cushion.
After the game was tied in the top of the second, Marble Falls unloaded wit five runs on three hits.
Patterson delivered with a blast to left field this time for two runs, scoring both Carson Bowen and Cole Ridgely.
Jay Watson had a single and Joey Blackledge reached on an error to open the frame.
Bowen doubled to score a run and Stacy Heinatz got on by an error to set the stage for Patterson.
Rouse’s Robert Martinez hit his first homer of the year off Goodman with one out in the fourth inning. The one-out shot cut the lead to 7-3.
Marble Falls added another run in the seventh off the third pitcher of the day for the Raiders.
Mike Richardson drove in Heinatz, who was hit by a pitch to get on base. A Patterson ground ball on his fourth at-bat, still advanced the runner. Heinatz got to third on a passed ball before Richardson hit a ball to the shortstop to get Heinatz across the plate.
"You never know what you are going to get on Saturday,’’ Marble Falls coach J.T. Blaire said. "I knew if you pitched well and played defense we’d have a chance.’’
Marble Falls had four doubles in the game.
On Friday night, the Mustangs pulled off a 5-4 win behind a solid start from Garrett Winslett and relief duty from Heinatz and Ridgely. The trio allowed seven hits.
Winslett went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, four walks and striking out two. Ridgely picked up the win in relief.
Marble Falls will play Vandgrift in three games this week. Tuesday’s outing is a 7 p.m. start at Vandegrift.
The team’s play a doubleheader Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. at Marble Falls.
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