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Baseball Knights win three of four

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Clinch second place in district standings

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team won three of its four games last week. The Knights defeated Thomas Nelson, Campbellsville, and Green County, but fell to Adair County.
Marion County stands at 14-8 overall. They finished second in the district with a  4-2 record. In the district tournament, Adair County is the top seed and will play Campbellsville. Marion County, the secdond seed, will play Taylor County. Days and times have not been announced.

Marion County 13, Green County 0
Friday night, the Knights used a three-run second inning and a 10-run third inning to put away visiting Green County in five innings.
The Knights had 12 hits as a team, with Devin Spalding, Michael Costello, Levi Haydon, and Jeremy Morris each having a two hit night.
Levin Haydon picked up the win from the mound, pitching all five innings and giving up one hit and two walks. Haydon struck out eight of the 20 batters he faced.
Coach Chad Spalding said that Haydon was awesome on the bump for Marion County, throwing a one-hitter against a Green County team who beat the Knights earlier this year.
“Our bats woke up this game with multiple guys having two hits or more,” Coach Spalding said.

Green Co.    000   00x x – 0 1 1
Marion Co.  0310 00x x – 13 12 1

Marion County 3, Campbellsville 2
The Marion County Knights edged out visiting Campbellsville Thursday night at Dave Hourigan Field to wrap up district play. Despite making four miscues in the game, the Knights outhit the Eagles and went on to win, 3-2.
According to Coach Spalding, this was a well-played game for the most part by both teams.
As a team, Marion County had five hits,and Joey Costello doubled in the win.
Robbie Spalding was the winning pitcher. He faced 30 batters and  gave up three hits and five walks, while striking out three batters. Levi Haydon collected the save, giving up no hits and no walks.

C’ville          000 010 1 – 2 3 0
Marion Co.   100 011 x – 3 5 4

Adair County 10, Marion County 0
On March 26, Marion County Knights hosted Adair County. The Knights gave up 14 hits to the Indians, and committed five errors, allowing Adair County to score 10 runs and end the game in six innings.
“We had too many mistakes against a good team. They took advantage of every error we made with timely hits,” Coach Spalding said.
Marion County only had two hits in the game.
Joey Costello took the loss after facing 28 batters and giving up 11 hits and three walks, while striking out one batter. Jacob Overstreet pitched the last  two innings, faced 11 batters and gave up three hits and a walk. He struck out one. Only two of Adair County’s 10 runs were earned.

Adair Co.     006 301 x – 10 14 1
Marion Co.  000 000 x – 0  2  5

Marion County 11, Thomas Nelson 0
The Knights hosted Thomas Nelson March 25. The Knights used six hits and six walks to win in five innings of play, 11-0.  
Robbie Spalding led the offense with two hits, while Spalding’s two hits were doubles, while Jeremy Morris’ hit was a triple.
Justin Lark was the winning pitcher for Marion County, pitching five innings and facing only 16 batters. Lark gave up one hit and no walks, and struck out three Thomas Nelson batters.
“I was really pleased with the defense this game and with Justin Lark throwing a shut out,” Coach Spalding said.

T. Nelson      000 00x x – 0 1 2
Marion Co.    253 10 x x – 11 6 1

The Knights were scheduled to play John Hardin Monday, and Washington County Thursday at home. The team will go on the road Friday night to play Garrard County and Bryan Station on Saturday.