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Patriots defeated 5-3 in subsection playoffs

Third-seeded Minnewaska rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat the sixth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots 5-3 in the West Subsection 6AA baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 28, in Glenwood.

The Lakers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Patriots tied it in the third. Minnewaska assumed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning, and then added three runs in the fifth. Pequot Lakes did add two runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 5-3, but they went 1-2-3 in the seventh inning and were not able to bring the tying run to the plate.

“I thought we had a good chance to win, but (Minnewaska) had the timely hits in the fifth inning,” said Pequot Lakes coach Kyle Spray. “We did play a little better defense than Minnewaska.”

The Lakers had three errors compared to two for Pequot Lakes. The Patriots also enjoyed an 8-7 edge in hits.

“Our teams were pretty similar,” Spray said. “We both struggled early in the year, and had our ups and downs. But (Minnewaska) won five straight to end the regular season, and they received the No. 3 seed.”

Gavin Bickford and Kegan Couture each had two hits for the Patriots. Matt Paulson was the winning pitcher while Jordan Redmond took the loss.

“Jordan pitched pretty well,” Spray said. “He went the distance, and gave up four earned runs.”

The Patriots finish 3-13 overall in a season that was shorted by an extended winter conditions.

“We will lose eight seniors who played a lot,” Spray said. “It will be hard to replace them, but our junior varsity team did have a successful season.”