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Knights fall in district opener

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team competed in the 20th District Tournament last week in Adair County. The team was scheduled to play on May 21, but due to rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first round game for Marion County was held Thursday night. The Knights played the Taylor County Cardinals in Adair County at the Lindsey Wilson College baseball field. Marion County could not produce enough runs in the game, however, and fell to Taylor County 8-5 in eight innings of play, spoiling their chance to advance to the 5th Region Tournament.
“The kids played hard and showed a lot of determination. Costly errors in big spots were the deciding factor,” Knights Coach Chad Spalding said.
After the championship game between Taylor County and Campbellsville, where Campbellsville defeated Taylor County, 12-9, the 20th District All-Season and All-Tournament teams were chosen. Joey Costello made the district all-tournament team
Joey Costello, Robbie Spalding, and Levi Haydon made the district all-season team

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Taylor County 8, Marion County 5
Marion County scored one run in the bottom half of the second and third innings, allowing only one run to the Cardinals to take a 2-1 lead. This lead continued until the top of the sixth inning, when the Knights gave up three runs to Taylor County, allowing the Cardinals to take a 4-2 lead. However, in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Knights offense was able to score two runs and tie the game to force extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, Marion County gave up four runs to Taylor County, and could only produce one run of their own in the bottom half of the eighth, losing the game by a finals score of 8-5.
As a team, the Knights collected nine hits, with Alex Gordon leading the offense with three hits. Michael Costello added two hits, while Devin Spalding, Levi Haydon, Jeremy Morris and Jacob Overstreet each contributed one hit. Both Gordon and Haydon had a double in the game.
“Alex Gordon was great for us offensively as well as Michael Costello and Levi Haydon,” Coach Spalding said. “Joey Costello pitched great after a slow start.”
Joey Costello began the game on the mound for Marion County, pitching five and a third innings and giving up six hits and seven walks, while striking out five batters. Robbie Spalding pitched the remainder of the game, suffering the loss. Spalding faced 15 batters, giving up three hits and two walks, striking out three batters.

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Marion Co.  011 000 21 – 5 9 5