Baseball Knights split district games

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team competed against two district teams in Campbellsville and Taylor County last week. The Knights fell 5-3 to the Eagles on April 17 at Dave Hourigan Field, but picked up a 9-4 win over the Cardinals Thursday on the road. The Knights' overall record now stands at 8-10, with their district record at 1-1.

Marion County 9, Taylor County 4
Marion County had 10 hits as a team, with Devin Spalding, Eric Farmer, and Robbie Spalding leading the way with two hits each. Dylan Spalding, Aaron Hamilton, Levi Haydon, and Jacob Overstreet each contributed one hit in the win.
The Cardinals were able to score a run after their leadoff man hit a double and was driven in two batters later on a sacrifice to grab an early lead. The Knights would come to bat in the top of the second inning, where designated hitter Devin Spalding smashed a solo home run to tie the game at one. Taylor County would fail to score in the home half of the second inning, as the Knights put up multiple runs in their next two at bats to hold a 6-1 lead after three and a half innings.
Taylor County scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to trim the deficit to three runs. Marion County added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning off a two RBI double by Eric Farmer, and a RBI sacrifice by Levi Haydon. The Cardinals drove in one run in their half of the sixth inning, but left runners stranded on first and second base to end the threat. A scoreless final inning played out, and the Knights came away with the 9-4 victory.
Dylan Spalding pitched for the Knights, collecting the win from the mound.  Spalding pitched seven innings, giving up 10 hits, walking one batter, and striking out one batter. Sixty-three of Spalding's 108 pitches connected for strikes.
Head Coach Chad Spalding commented on the pitching performance of Dylan Spalding.
"We got a great performance on the mound from Dylan," he said. "We also hit well, in spots. The Devin Spalding home run in the second inning really got us going along with Eric Farmer's double."

Marion Co.     012 303 0 - 9  10  1
Taylor Co.      100 201 0 - 4  10  3

Campbellsville 5, Marion County 3
The Knights collected five hits as a team, with Devin Spalding leading the way with two hits of his own. Michael Costello, Alex Gordon, and Joey Costello provided the other three hits with one hit each.
Marion County had two outs in the second inning before Campbellsville caught an unfortunate break. After a pair of walks and one hit batter, the Eagles loaded the bases. Campbellsville's leadoff batter hit a two RBI double, followed by a two RBI single by the number two batter. The Knights finally recorded the third out, but the Eagles had already taken an early 4-0 lead.  
In the second inning, Devin Spalding hit a single to get the Knights started.  After advancing to second base on a wild pitch and stealing third base, Spalding was able to score on an error by the Campbellsville second baseman. However, the Knights could do no more damage than just the one run, and still trailed 4-1.
Three innings of scoreless baseball played out before the Eagles pushed another run across in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single. The Knights came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning down 5-1, and needed some offense to remain in the game. After the first two Marion County batters were retired, Joey Costello hit a single, Michael Costello reached on an error, and Alex Gordon drove in both of them with a two RBI triple.  However, the next Marion County batter grounded out, ending the chance for a Marion County comeback as the fell by a final score of 5-3.
The Costello brothers pitched for Marion County against Campbellsville. Michael pitched six innings, giving up five hits, walking six batters, and striking out three. Joey pitched one inning, striking out one batter of the three he faced.  Michael suffered the loss from the mound. Sixty-one of Michael's 109 pitches counted for strikes while Joey found the strike zone on six of his 11 pitches.
Coach Spalding noted that the pitching of Campbellsville had a big influence on the game.
"Kearney did a great job on the mound for them," he said. "We had one bad inning which was the difference in the game."

C'ville           040 001 0 - 5  5  3
Marion Co.    010 000 2 - 3  5  2

The Knights have two games remaining this week before wrapping up the week with a pair of game at home on Saturday. Marion County traveled to Adair County last night, but results were unknown as of press time. Tonight the team is set to travel to Bardstown, and will also travel to play Campbellsville on Thursday evening. On Saturday, at 11 a.m. the Knights will face John Hardin. At 1:30 p.m., John Hardin will play Belfry, followed by the Knights taking on Belfry at 4 p.m.