Knights outlast Bardstown, Nelson County

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team finished up their regular season winning two of their four games last week.
The Knights lost to Bethlehem and Russell County on the road before defeating Nelson County at home and beating Bardstown on the road. The Knights closed the regular season with an 18-12 record.  
Marion County was scheduled to play Taylor County in the opening round of district play last night. If they won, will play the winner of Adair County/Campbellsville tonight in Adair County.

Marion County 18, Bardstown 10
The Knights and host Bardstown put on a hitting show Friday. The Knights had 13 hits and gave up 14 hits to Bardstown. Marion County took advantage of eight Bardstown errors to win, 18-10, in the regular season finale.
Joey Costello lead the offense with five hits. He went 5-5 from the plate with a walk and an inside-the-park home run and collected five RBI.
“Joey Costello had an amazing game at the plate,” Coach Chad Spalding added.
Alex Gordon, Levi Haydon, and Michael Costello each chipped in two hits. Michael and Joey Costello and Gordon each had a double in the win.
Justin Lark pitched the first two innings of play, facing 13 batters and giving up six hits while striking out one batter. Michael Costello pitched four innings to pick up win. He faced 22 batters and gave up eight hits and two walks, striking out two batters.  
Devin Spalding closed the final inning of the game, striking out one Bardstown hitter.

Marion Co.  444 024 0 – 18 13 2
Bardstown   330 121 0 – 10 14 8

Marion County 3, Nelson County 1
Thursday night, the Knights hosted Nelson County at Dave Hourigan Field on senior night, where six Marion County players were recognized before the game.
Despite having the same number of hits and walks, Marion County was able to win, 3-1.
As a team, the Knights had five hits.
Levi Haydon was the winning pitcher. He faced 31 batters, gave up five hits and four walks. Haydon struck out six Nelson County batters.
 “Levi Haydon bounced back after a rough start and was tough enough to throw six scoreless innings to finish the game after giving up one in the first.” Coach Spalding said.
He added that Joey Costello had a big two-out hit that pushed the Knights ahead early.

Nelson Co.  100 000 0 – 1 5 2
Marion Co.  102 000 x – 3 5 2

Russell County 3, Marion County 2
Marion County went on the road May 15 where they lost to Russell County, a team that has been ranked in the top 20 all year.  
The Knights only allowed three runs in the game, but could only produce two of their own, losing the game 3-2. As a team, Marion County had five hits.
Robbie Spalding pitched five innings, faced 23 batters and gave up two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out six batters. Michael Costello suffered the loss, pitching one inning and facing six batters. Costello gave up one run off of one hit and one walk, striking out two batters.
Coach Spalding said Robbie Spalding pitched well against Russell County, who has been ranked in the top 20 all year.  
“We also faced the best pitcher we had seen all season. Our competitive drive and passion was back for this game. We just fell short to a good team,” Coach Spalding said.

Marion Co.  010 000 1 – 2 5 2
Russell Co.  002 000 1 – 3 5 0

Bethlehem 7, Marion County 3
On May 14, the Knights went on the road to take on Bethlehem on their senior night.  Marion County gave up 11 hits and made three miscues in the game, losing 7-3.
According to Coach Spalding, the Knights caught Bethlehem on their senior day and they were able to take advantage of a few mistakes Marion County made.  
“Tough loss because of our competitive spirit wasn’t there. Bethlehem has a nice team and we have to play clean to win those types of games,” he said.
As a team, the Knights had six hits, with Devin Spalding leading the offense with two hits, including a double.
Joey Costello took the loss after facing 27 batters and giving up 10 hits and two walks.  He struck out two batters.
Justin Lark pitched one inning, facing four batters and giving up one walk while striking out one batter.

Marion Co.   000 002 1 – 3  6 3
Bethlehem   010 150 x – 7 11 1