First-inning blues mean loss for Patriots

INWOOD — Musselman’s six-run first inning was the difference-maker when it dealt Washington a 7-3 loss that leveled the Patriots record at 1-1 and left the Applemen with a 2-1 mark.

Four Washington errors, several walks and several singles had the Applemen send 10 men to the plate in the first inning.

Washington starter Jared Silva was victimized by the errors and his own control difficulty.

Silva was replaced by Robert Cross (2.1 innings) and Zac Burch (2.2 innings) and those two young pitchers limited the Applemen to only one more run over their five innings.

Musselman starter Scott Mock went four useful innings and allowed only two hits.

After Mock left, the Patriots scored two times in the fifth and added a run in the sixth. Even when it scored, the Patriots stranded runners in the last three innings.

On Saturday, the Patriots fell, 8-3, to St. James in a game played at the private school in Washington County.

The Saints improved to 3-0 and Washington was 2-2.

Washington held a 1-0 lead until the Saints erupted for five runs in the fourth off Patriot starter and losing pitcher Blake Wilt and reliever Mark McKee. The Saints added another three runs in the sixth when Robert Cross replaced McKee.

Washington trailed, 8-1, when it scored twice in the seventh.

Brett Vitkun (2-0) went 6.2 innings for the win. Patrick Morris got the last out. Vitkun fanned five, walked four and allowed six hits.

Washington was hurt by its four errors.

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