Patoka defeats hosts at Ramsey Tourney

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By Andrew Harner

RAMSEY - Quinn Wadkins pitched a complete game, had three hits and scored four times to power Patoka past Ramsey on the second day of the Ramsey Tournament.

Wadkins also had four steals during the 9-1 victory.

He led off Tuesday's game with a bloop single and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch.

With a 3-0 lead by the end of the top of the first, after Jake Orrell and Mark Rogers scored, Wadkins struck out two batters in the bottom half.

Coach Joe Eddy said that Wadkins' pitching was a key to the win, and a key to team for the rest of the week.

"It was a gutsy performance, because we didn't know until today that we play South Central (on Wednesday)," Eddy said. "We thought we had plenty of pitching, but then I told him that we had to have him tonight."

Scheduling issues had come up at Patoka (2-0), and the game against South Central was originally scheduled for Friday. On that day, however, Patoka is scheduled to meet Brownstown (2-0) at Ramsey.

Wadkins was again a spark in the second inning, drawing a two-out walk to give the Warriors their first runner.

He again swiped second and third bases, and he scored on a balk. Johnnie Clift drove home Orrell two batters later to give Patoka a 5-0 lead.

Wadkins, meanwhile, got out of a jam in the second after Ramsey's Whalen Davis reached on an error and Will Strobel walked.

Patoka got a fielder's choice and a pop up to get out of the inning, and Wadkins needed just four pitches to retire the Rams' top three batters in the third.

"He started out a little rough but had a four-pitch inning and another quick inning," Eddy said. "He battled for us, so we didn't have to use anybody else."

Ramsey (0-2) did string together three singles in the fourth inning to get on the board, with Nick Wodtka driving home Austin Cunningham.

Wadkins drove home the first of three runs in the fifth for Patoka, smashing a triple to right field. He scored on a double by Orrell.

Orrell was plated on a fielder's choice by Clift, and Clinton Hood also doubled in the inning.

"Offensively, we definitely aren't where we want to be," Eddy said, despite his team having scored nine runs in each of the first two games. "Today, we were closer ... but we need to improve."

PHS 3-2-0-1-3—9-9-2
RHS 0-0-0-1-0—1-4-1
WP: Wadkins
LP: Wesselman