The team started the first inning with strong work between pitcher Edgar Alvarez and first baseman Reef Barati getting an early out on a bunt in the first inning. Freedom ended the top of the first inning with no runs, one hit and one left on base. With senior Miguel Larreal on first, he proceeded to steal second and Alvarez hit a double advancing Larreal to third. Barati then hit an inside-the-park home run bringing in Larreal and Alvarez, 3-0. Junior Dennis Santiago then hit a single but was left on base at the end of the first inning.
Neither team was able to place more runs on the board as the second inning came to an end with no runners left on base for Boone.
Larreal started the bottom of the third with a single. Alvarez hit a single advancing Larreal to second. Boone sent a courtesy runner for Alvarez, senior Ethan White. Barati hit a single advancing White to second and Larreal was out at third. Although the team was able to get on base, they were unable to score.
Strong fielding allowed Boone to keep Freedom from scoring in the top of the fourth. Senior Clayton Powell hit a single to start the fourth. At the end of the fourth inning Boone still led with 3-0.
Larreal caught a pop fly to quickly end the top of the fifth inning. Junior Luis Marrero started the bottom of the fifth with a single. Larreal then reached first to advance Marrero to second. With no outs and two runners on base, the Freedom pitcher walks Alvarez for bases loaded and no outs. Barati then hit a ground ball to short stop and the Patriots turned a double play while Marrero scored from third, 4-0. Senior Paul Coutinho then hit a single bringing in Larreal, advancing the Boone lead, 5-0.
Boone once again held Freedom from scoring in the top of the 6th. No further runs occurred despite getting runners on base again.
At the top of the seventh, Boone brought in a new pitcher, senior Evan Nursey. Freedom was unable to score, securing Boone’s district win.
The team takes on Freedom away at 4 p.m. on Friday. An official recognition for Coach Post is planned for March 14 as the team takes on Oak Ridge on the Reservation at 4 p.m.