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Marion County finished the weekend with two wins and a loss and relied heavily on their pitching staff along the way.
The Marion County High School baseball team traveled to Green County over the weekend to compete in the Wooden Bat Invitational. With crafty work from their young bullpen, the Knights threw two shutouts in three games.
Junior Landon Baker finished the tournament for the Knights by throwing a complete game (five innings) shutout, allowing only one hit against Moore on Saturday. Baker picked up his first win from the mound this season in the outing. The Knights won handily 15-0 in five innings.
In the morning game on Saturday, it was freshman Devin Spalding who shined on the mound. He shut out Montgomery County, allowing seven hits and no runs in seven innings. The Knights scraped together a 2-0 win. Spalding picked up his first win of the season as well.
"Devin Spalding threw an absolute gem," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "He hadn't been throwing a changeup for a strike in the bullpen and then during the game he's just money."
Here's a look at the Knights' games over the past week.
Marion County 15, Moore 0
The Knights romped Moore in the fifth place game of the Wooden Bat Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Green County.
Eric Farmer had three hits and accounted for two runs on offense while Baker struck out five and walked none from the mound.
The Knights jumped out to a 9-0 start in the first inning and cruised from there.
"They beat Adair 5-3 the night before and we were kind of worried," Spalding said. "Baker came out throwing strikes and we were hanging up goose eggs. Moore ended up throwing a seventh grader to finish off the game. They were just out of pitching from the weekend."
R H E
Moore 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 1 7
Marion 9 0 2 4 - - - 15 9 0
Marion County 2, Montgomery County 0
Montgomery County knocked off a powerful Danville team the night before, signaling trouble for the Knights on Saturday at Green County during the Wooden Bat Invitational.
Devin Spalding was a monster on the mound and with the bat. His leadoff triple in the first boosted the Knights and would lead to the only run scored in the first three innings.
"He did a good job and kept his composure," Spalding said.
R H E
Montgomery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Marion 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 1
Danville 5, Marion County 1
"Michael Costello did a good job pitching but not great at holding runners on. He'll get better from that," Spalding said. "He looked good pitching the baseball. He kept their power guys at bay. They hurt us on the base paths. That was the difference in that game."
Costello got his first start of the season and gave up four earned runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
The Knights lone run came in the first inning when Joe Lewis brought in Devin Spalding. Lewis was the only Knight to get a hit on Friday in Green County.
R H E
Marion 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Danville 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 3
Boyle County 10, Marion County 0
The Rebels rolled at home on Thursday.
"Boyle was a game we came out flat. They were hungry and had lost three straight. They didn't want to make it four," Spalding said. "They came out hungry and we came out flat. The next thing you know we're down 10-0 in the fifth. We didn't hit many balls hard. Their pitcher was pretty good. He was probably the second best we've seen all year."
Devin Spalding and Michael Costello got a hit apiece as Boyle County held the Knights to only two hits.
Davis Mattingly got the loss from the mound. He gave up four hits and four earned runs in one inning.
R H E
Marion 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 2 3
Boyle 4 4 0 1 1 - - 10 10 1
Marion County 9, Bethlehem 4
A few errors made for one bad inning on Wednesday of last week at Hourigan Field. The rest of the game belonged to the Knights.
Tyler Wright mowed down the Bethlehem offense, striking out 13 of 32 batters while allowing six hits and three earned runs.
The offense was hot for the Knights as well, with Dylan Spalding and Paul Spalding collecting three hits apiece. The Knights scored in every inning except for the sixth to knock off previously unbeaten Bethlehem.
"Tyler did a great job," Spalding said. "We had only one bad inning and that was the only one they scored in. If we made some routine plays we probably would have had the game over a lot quicker. I was pleased with our defense and pleased with Tyler all night. He kept them at bay and rolled through their lineup," Spalding said.
R H E
Bethlehem 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 6 2
Marion 2 2 3 1 1 0 X 9 11 2
The Knights will see limited action this week as spring break was originally planned for the whole week.
They face Allen County on Tuesday at home. They make up the Washington County game on the road on Monday at 5:30 p.m. They host Taylor County on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.