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Knights drop three of four

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights played four games last week and came away with victories in only one of them. On Thursday night, the Knights hosted the Bardstown Tigers, on Friday evening the Knights hosted the Whitefield Academy Wildcats, and on Saturday the Knights went on the road to face North Hardin in a doubleheader. The win gives the Knights a total of eight on the season with 11 losses.

Bardstown 0, Marion County 10
The first two innings of the game would play out scoreless until the Knights put across three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Bardstown struggled throughout the game and the Knights offense came alive. Marion County’s defense allowed Bardstown only three base runners, all in the second inning. The Knights added two runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth inning to end the game early with a final score of 10-0.  
Marion County’s bats were able to collect seven hits, but used three errors by Bardstown to put across the 10 runs. Dylan Spalding and Landon Baker had two hits each for the Knights while Devin Spalding, Paul Spalding, and Aaron Hamilton collected one hit each.  
Eric Farmer pitched a gem from the mound for the Knights. Farmer pitched all five innings and only allowed two hits. Farmer walked only two Tiger batters while striking out five.
                                                1   2   3   4   5   6   7 - F     R  H  E
Bardstown      (7-11):    0   0   0   0   0   X   X - 0     0  2  3
Marion County (8-8):    0   0   3   2   5   X   X -10   10  7  1

Whitefield Academy 7, Marion 1
Marion County would score their lone run in the bottom of the first inning and couldn’t put together enough hits to plate anymore on the evening. The Knights would struggle offensively against Wildcat pitcher Cameron Smith who fanned eight Marion County batters in the game while allowing only one run on two hits.  Paul Spalding and Aaron Hamilton each had a hit in the game. After holding the Wildcats even through two innings, the Knights allowed Whitefield Academy to put up three runs in the third inning and one each in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings.
Landon Baker was hit with the loss from the mound. Baker pitched six innings for the Knights and allowed six runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out four. Davis Mattingly came in to relieve Baker in the final inning and allowed one run on one hit while striking out a pair.
                           1   2   3   4   5   6   7 - F   R   H   E
Whitefield  (12-7):    1   0   3   1   1   0   1 - 7    7  11  3
Marion County      (8-9):    1   0   0   0   0   0   0 - 1    1  2    3
Marion County 7, North Hardin 11
In the first game of a doubleheader, neither team could put a run on the board for the first three innings in what seemed to be a very close game. In the top half of the fourth inning the Knights would push across a run on a RBI by Eric Farmer. However, the Trojans would answer with two runs in the home half of the inning that would put the Knights in a hole they couldn’t overcome. After a five run sixth inning Marion County held a 7-4 advantage. North Hardin would answer with seven runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning to regain control with a score of 11-7. In the Knights final effort, they went three up and three down to end the game.
Paul Spalding, Dylan Spalding, and Michael Costello led the way for the Knights offense with two hits each. Aaron Hamilton, Blake Montgomery, Landon Baker, and Eric Farmer added one hit each to give the Knights 10 hits on the game.
Dylan Spalding pitched five innings and struck out five Trojan batters. Spalding gave up six runs on seven hits and walked a pair. In the sixth inning, Davis Mattingly once again saw some relief action. Mattingly was tagged with the loss by giving up five runs on three hits while walking two. Mattingly recorded two outs in the sixth inning before Clay Thomas came in to get the final out.
              1   2   3   4   5   6   7 - F   R   H   E
Marion   (8-10):         0  0  0 1 1  5  0 - 7    7  10   6
N Hardin (12-10-1): 0  0  0  2  2  7  X - 11 11 10 3

Marion County 8, North Hardin 9
In the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, Marion County jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings of play. Neither team would score in the third inning while each team added a run in the fourth inning to keep the Knights lead at five runs with a score of 7-2. Once again neither team would score in the fifth inning, but the Knights plated a run in the top of the sixth to increase their lead. However, the Trojans would be able to get two runners across to cut the lead to 8-4 entering the final inning. The Trojan defense was able to keep the Knights off the scoreboard in their half of the final inning, which would prove to be the difference in the game.  In the home half of the seventh inning, the Trojans were able to put across five runs to end the game in walk-off fashion with a final score of 9-8.
The Knights were able to collect 11 hits led by Aaron Hamilton and Blake Montgomery with three each. Michael Costello added two knocks for the Knights while Devin Spalding, Paul Spalding, and Clay Thomas each had one hit. In the first two at bats of the game, Devin Spalding and Aaron Hamilton hit back-to-back home runs to get the Knights going early. Paul Spalding also added a two run bomb in the second inning. This is the first multi-home run game for the Knights this season. The three home runs for the Knights is a feat that doesn’t occur very often, especially in high school baseball.
Clay Thomas pitched a great game from the mound, but was saddled with the loss.  Thomas was denied the win with three hits and a walk, coupled with a pair of Marion County errors, in the seventh inning that allowed North Hardin to steal the victory. Thomas pitched the entire game and gave up nine runs on nine hits.              
                                   1  2   3  4  5  6  7 - F    R  H   E
Marion   (8-11):        4  2  0  1  0   1  0 - 8   8  11 7
N Hardin (13-10-1):  0 1  0  1  0  2  5 - 9   9  9  3