Austin Magner applies the tag for the out during the Patriots recent game versus Moreno Valley. News/Action Captures Media Group

The Heritage Patriots baseball team took on Moreno Valley Friday, March 25, but fell to the Vikings 8-6 when the dust settled on their third and final meet up in Sunbelt League play. The Patriots has won their match-up earlier in the week, 3-1, after falling in their first game 4-3. Sophomore Johnny Alley led the Patriots at the plate going 2-for-3, scoring two runs, while junior Josh Martinez knocked in four runs with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning, though Heritage would come up two runs short in the rubber match.

The Vikings now possess a 14-2 record and will take the field this week when they host Canyon Springs for a non-league bout. Moreno Valley will face a Cougars team coming off a 4-3 league loss to Poly (Riverside). The Cougars record now stands at 2-15.

Heritage junior, Fernando Ortiz, makes a leaping stop of a ground ball during Sunbelt League action against Moreno Valley. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Heritage will be back in action when they face the Rancho Verde Mustangs (Moreno Valley) in a Sunbelt League bout, Wednesday, April 6, after they return from spring break. The Patriots will attempt to move on their 8-4 season record. The Mustangs enter the bout with a 2-7 record after their 4-3 league loss to Valley View (Moreno Valley).

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