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Knights earn a high seed

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By Jesse Osbourne

Mother Nature limited the action on the field for the Marion County High School baseball team last week but the Knights managed to come away with the No. 2 seed in the upcoming 20th District tournament.

Marion County 12, Adair County 2

With a win on Friday at Adair, the Knights moved to 11-8 overall and secured the number two seed in district tournament play. The Knights swept the regular season series with Adair County, who finished regular season play 0-6 in district play and earning the four seed in the 20th District tournament.

"We were very patient at the plate, they walked us several times, but we lit it up when they threw it across plate," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "Devin Spalding hit a homer and threw a gem on the mound same night. Adair has some kids that can really take some hacks and he was able to keep them off balance and was able to pitch out of some jams."

Devin Spalding, only a freshman, has been a big producer for the Knights in his young career.

"To hold them to two runs tells me a lot about his heart and where he's going," Spalding said. "He's 4-1 with less than a 2.00 ERA. That's just tremendous for a kid his age."

The Knights were hot from the plate, cranking out three homers including Devin Spalding's solo shot in the top of the sixth inning to cap off the 12-2 win. Joe Lewis blasted a three run shot over the left field wall in the top of the fifth to make it 11-2. Bryan Gootee started the trend way back in the second inning with a solo shot to left to put the Knights up 5-0.

Devin Spalding, Paul Spalding, Joe Lewis, Michael Costello, Aaron Hamilton and Bryan Gootee all had two hits apiece. Lewis had four RBI while Devin Spalding drove in two.

Devin Spalding earned the win from the mound. He gave up seven hits and one earned run in six innings. He walked one batter and struck out five.

R H E

Marion 3 2 3 0 3 1 x 12 13 3

Adair 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 2 7 4

Campbellsville 8, Marion County 6

The Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning but Campbellsville always had an answer on Thursday at Campbellsville High School.

The Eagles responded in the bottom of the second with six runs to go up 6-3 on the Knights. It wouldn't be the end of the road for the Knights, however.

Blake Montgomery came across the plate in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 6-4.

In the fifth inning an Eric Farmer double would bring in Davis Mattingly and Joe Lewis to knot it up at 6-6 with two innings to play.

The Eagles would respond again in the bottom of the sixth on a two-strike single for Hayden Neal that would drive in Brett Kearney and Aaron Schwoebel that would put the Eagles up for good at 8-6.

"Taylor Levi pitched and owned us in our game over here," Spalding said. "We made adjustments and talked to them about what they would see at the plate. We made some adjustments and I liked the way we swung the bat. Levi is a good pitcher. I'm proud of the way our kids responded."

Despite a tough loss and some close plays, Spalding said he was pleased overall.

"Campbellsville to me is the best team in the district," he said. "We were able to compete with them twice. If we can compete with them as young as we are, hopefully we can see them again and have another crack."

The Knights continue play on Wednesday against Danville at home at 5:30 p.m. They travel to Pulaski County on Friday and Saturday to compete in a tournament.