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The Marion County Knights baseball team closed out the regular season with a 15-13 record after falling 4-3 to Fourth Region power Russell County on Wednesday at Dave Hourigan Field.
Russell County entered the game as the Fourth Region's best team and the reigning region champion.
"In actuality, you never want to say any loss is a good loss. But this loss if you told me before the day started that would have fought like we did I would have said that's not too bad of a loss," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Knights offense kick started. Russell County pitcher Hunter Best walked Joe Lewis and Blake Montgomery to start the inning, setting the table for Michael Costello.
Costello ripped a single up the middle to bring in Lewis and Montgomery to give the Knights a late 3-2 lead. The next three batters were retired without incident.
"We should have finished them. If there was a night we would beat a team like that, it was that night," Spalding said.
Instead, Russell County responded in the seventh inning when two batters were walked and another reached on a double. With two outs, the Knights gave up two runs to clinch the loss and finish the regular season.
Devin Spalding took the loss from the mound, giving up only four hits in seven innings. Caleb Russell took the win from the mound, closing out the sixth inning for Russell County and preventing further damage.
Marion County managed only five hits in the pitchers duel.
The Knights played Taylor County on Monday night in the first round of the 20th District tournament at Taylor County High School. They lost with a score of 9-7.