Bulldogs drop Patriots with six-run inning

MARTINSBURG— A six-run third inning that was highlighted by a grand slam home run from Nate Temple led homestanding Martinsburg to an 8-4 win over Washington in a baseball game played on Friday night at P.O. Faulkner Park.

Martinsburg trailed, 1-0, when it batted in the third. After the tying run had scored on one of four errors the Patriots committed, Temple launched his grand slam homer off Washington’s Austin Larcomb. Larcomb left in the fourth after yielding eight hits and eight runs (five earned). He fanned five before giving way to Tyler Mattei, who went 2.2 innings and allowed only one hit to the Bulldogs.

Temple went 3-for-3 with five RBIs.

When the third inning was completed, Martinsburg had a 6-1 lead.

Washington rallied against Martinsburg starting pitcher Chuck McElaney before he left after 5.1 innings. McElaney allowed four runs (one earned), and five hits while fanning six.

Tyler Mason replaced McElaney in the Washington sixth where the Patriots scored twice to make it 8-4.

Both sides committed four errors. Washington had five hits.

The loss was Washington’s third straight after winning its first two games of the season. Martinsburg remained unbeaten in its first four games.

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