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Knights fall apart against Allen County

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Knights found themselves in a great position on Tuesday of last week, tied at two runs apiece with Allen County Scottsville (ACS) after four innings.

Then all their hard work evaporated in a single inning as ACS wailed on the Knights for 10 runs in the fifth, sending the Knights back to the dugout reeling.

"It was a heck of a ball game going through four innings," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "Tyler (Wright) was throwing well and having a really good ball game. The wheels came off. We started making mistakes and they capitalized by getting hits."

A botched double play that would have ended the inning terrorized the Knights as ACS piled on the runs. The Knights would finish with four errors.

"I always emphasize, if you make routine plays you will win a lot of games and people will wonder why," Spalding said. "You don't have to be a good athlete or outstanding player. You can maybe win 20 or 30 games a year if you just make routine plays. We've got to get better at that."

Tyler Wright took the loss from the mound for the Knights, moving his season record to 2-2. He gave up seven hits and three earned runs through four-and-one-third innings. He struck out five and walked three of the 26 batters he faced.

This week the Knights will take on district play and border rivals. On Monday, they faced Washington County in Springfield. On Tuesday, they took on Taylor County at Dave Hourigan Field.

On Thursday, they host Adair County in a battle for district seeding. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

"Adair is a team similar to us. They have good players and guys that need more work," Spalding said. "It's a very evenly matched game. I saw them play in the wood bat tournament at Green County. They're playing hard now, which impressed me. This is a big district game. We look forward to it."

On Saturday, the Knights play two games at North Hardin High School.

At 11 a.m. the Knights take on North Hardin.

"It will be a battle I'm sure," Spalding said. "Last year it was close. It ought to be a good game. Greg Gumm does a good job, he's a Hall of Fame coach."

At 1 p.m., the Knights take on Glasgow.

"They're not getting the credit they deserve," Spalding said. "They've only lost one game. They're talented and have a good coach who's been there a long time. It'll be a good challenge for us, a good measuring stick to see where we are early in the season."

Spalding said the Glasgow game would be good to prepare his Knights to take on district favorite Campbellsville on Tuesday at home. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.

Campbellsville has two of the region's best players in Aaron Schwoebel and Ben Janes.

"If you have two guys like that and role players to surround them you can ride those guys," Spalding said. "They have more talent than just those guys. They've jam packed their schedule with good teams. This will mean a lot as far as district seeding."