Baseball: Patrick Taylor handles Ben Franklin

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NEW ORLEANS – On a beautiful morning at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, Patrick Taylor and Ben Franklin were greeted by a pit bull dog which somehow had made its way into the ballpark and into the bullpen area of the Tigers.

Evidently, the personality rubbed off on Patrick Taylor as the Tigers roared past the Falcons 12-0 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.

Grant Roberts and Don Wilson each drove in a pair of runs and eight of the nine hitters in the Patrick Taylor lineup hit safely as part of a 10-hit attack.

The Tigers jumped all over the Falcons in the top of the first, taking advantage of wildness by Ben Franklin starting pitcher Philip Wagner, who hit three of the four batters he faced. The third hit batter, Roberts, drove in a run to make it 1-0.

Joe Wagner took over on the mound and hit Gavin Trosclair with a pitch to plate another run and it was 2-0. Wilson drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single and two more runs scored on wild pitches and it was 6-0.

Patrick Taylor added to the lead in the top of the second on a single by Kyle Smith, his second hit and a wild pitch. Colton Schnabel was hit by a pitch and Smith scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0. Gavin Tranchina then singled and advanced on a wild pitch before Hunter Deemer reached on an error, scoring Tranchina and 8-0 lead.

The Tigers finished it off in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Andres Palmer tripled to deep left and Smith drove him home to make it 9-0. Colton Schnabel then tripled to right, scoring Smith to make it 10-0 and Schnabel scored on a groundout by Roberts to make it 11-0. Deemer then singled home Tranchina to make it 12-0.

Roberts picked up the win for Patrick Taylor while Philip Wagner took the loss for Ben Franklin.

The Tigers return to action Monday, hosting Ellender at 5 p.m. while the Falcons take on McDonogh 35 Tuesday at 4 p.m. in District 10-4A play.

Final
Patrick Taylor 620 04 12 10 1, 8 LOB
Ben Franklin 000 00 0 2 3, 8 LOB
WP—Grant Roberts
LP—Philip Wagner
Time of Game: 1:42
3B—Andres Palmer, Colton Schnabel
SB—Andres Palmer, Kyle Smith, Don Wilson, Dylan Tyler

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