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Knights pick up win in season opener

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights varsity baseball team picked up a win in their opener over Bardstown Tuesday of last week, lost to Danville Wednesday, and defeated Berea on Saturday. The teams other game, scheduled for Friday against North Hardin, was canceled due to rain. The Knights game against the Trojans is scheduled to be made up, but no date has been set. After the first week of the season, the Knights are 2-1 overall.


Marion County 7, Berea 2
On Saturday evening, the Knights headed to Berea to take on the Pirates. After being shut out in their previous game, the Knights found their offensive groove in this game. After a scoreless opening inning, the Pirates got on the board first in the bottom of the second. The Knights would answer with a pair of runs in their half of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. Berea added another run in the bottom of the third to knot the score at two runs each.
Marion County came to life in the top of the fourth inning and scored three runs. Two Knights hits, two Pirates errors, and three runs batted in led to the three runs by the Knights.  Marion County added one run each in the sixth and seventh inning to take the 7-2 victory.
Junior Michael Costello went 3-4 from the plate with four runs batted in to lead the Knights. Freshman Robbie Spalding and junior Alex Gordon had two hit each for the Knights while sophomore Joey Costello, senior Aaron Hamilton, and junior Levi Haydon tacked on one hit a piece.
Senior Eric Farmer started the game for Marion County on the mound. Farmer worked four innings, faced 19 batters, fanned four, walked one, and gave up two unearned runs off of two Pirate hits. Sophomore Joey Costello came in for a relief appearance, and pitched the final three innings. Costello faced 11 batters, struck out three, walked one, and gave up no runs or hits.  Farmer threw 46 of his 77 pitches for strikes while Costello found the strike zone on 21 of his 34 pitches. Farmer was credited with the win, and Costello earned the save for his relief work.
"We were flat early, but were able to hit the ball good enough to score enough runs to win," Head Coach Chad Spalding said.

Marion County (2-1):  002 301 1 -7  10  2
Berea (0-3):               011 000 0 -2   2   3

Danville 2, Marion County 0
The varsity baseball team went on the road to play Danville Wednesday. In a game where the Marion County offense struggled, the team managed only two hits and failed to score a run. Senior Aaron Hamilton and junior Alex Gordon had the two hits for the Knights. The Admirals plated runs in the first and fourth innings to take the 2-0 win over the Knights.
Junior Michael Costello was charged with the loss after pitching all six innings. Costello gave up six hits while surrendering two earned runs and striking out six. Costello faced 21 batters and threw 54 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
"We ran into a good pitcher and couldn't get any offense going," Spalding said. "Michael Costello was outstanding on the mound to keep us in the game and I was pleased with our defense behind him also."

Marion Co. (1-1): 000 000 0 -0   2   6
Danville (1-0):     100 100X  -2   6   0

Marion County 7, Bardstown 5
On Tuesday night, the Marion County High School baseball team opened up their 2012 season with a win over Bardstown at Hourigan Field. The Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 advantage after five innings. The Tigers plated three runs in their half of the sixth inning before the Knights tacked on the winning two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the 7-5 victory.  
Senior Eric Farmer picked up the win from the mound in relief. Farmer pitched 1.1 innings and struck out two of the four batters he faced. Of the 12 pitches Farmer threw, 11 of them counted for strikes. Farmer entered the game in the top of the sixth inning in relief of starter, senior Dylan Spalding. Spalding pitched 5.2 innings while allowing four hits, one walk, and racking up four strikeouts. Spalding faced 27 batters, and was charged with five unearned runs.
Farmer also had a strong game at the plate, going 3-4 with four RBI. Spalding added a couple of hits of his own and scored a pair of runs. Senior Aaron Hamilton and junior Michael Costello added one hit each while junior Alex Gordon and freshman Robbie Spalding rounded out the offensive attack for the Knights with one hit a piece.
"Dylan and Eric pitched well enough for us to have a shut-out against Bardstown," Spalding said. "We had five mental and physical mistakes that hurt us. We didn't give up an earned run. Offensively, we were pretty good for early in the season."
Coach Spalding also commented on the offensive play of a couple of players.
"I was pleased with Michael Costello's offense and Robbie Spalding especially in the Berea game," he said.

Bardstown (0-1):  001 103 0 - 5   4   1
Marion Co. (1-0):  130 012 X - 7   9   4