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Knights take second in wooden bat tourney

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team played in four games last week after some games were cancelled due to cold and rainy weather. Marion County made it to the championship game of the Green County Wood Bat Invitation tourney, where they lost 12-6 to Green County. The Knights now sit at 4-4 on the season.

Mercer County 6, Marion County 2
The Marion County Knights baseball team went on the road Thursday to play Mercer County, where they lost, 6-2.  
Joey Costello led the locals with two hits in the game. Michael Costello, Devin Spalding and Joe Ben Curtis each pitched two innings. Costello was tagged with the loss, after facing 11 batters and giving up three runs off three hits.
Knights Coach Chad Spalding noted that Mercer County is a top 20 team in the state, but he believes that his team played well.
“Michael, Devin and Joe Ben did a great job on the mound for us,” he said. “We faced a pretty good pitcher, so it was a good learning experience for us.”

Marion Co.    000  011  0 – 2 4 2
Mercer Co.    030  300  x – 6 5 2    

Marion County 15, Cumberland County 2
In their opening game of the Green County Wood Bat Invitational, the Knights easily defeated Cumberland County, 15-2. Marion County used a four-run first inning and a seven-run second inning to put the game away.
Jacob Overstreet had two hits for Marion County and was followed by Devin Spalding, Joey Costello, Robbie Spalding, Justin Lark and Mason Gadberry who had one hit each.
Joey Costello pitched all five innings of the run rule game. He faced 21 batters and allowed just two runs off of two hits while picking up the win.
“We jumped out swinging the bats,” Coach Spalding said. “Joey pitched a great game. It was a good win for us with multiple players getting multiple hits.”

Marion Co.      470 13 – 15 7 2
Cumber. Co.    020 00 – 2  2 2

Marion County 4, Fern Creek 3
Marion County defeated Fern Creek to advance to the championship game. After falling behind 3-0 after three innings, the Knights put up four runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead and held on for the wn.
Robbie Spalding pitched five innings for the Knights and faced 20 batters while giving up three runs on two hits. Devin Spalding pitched the sixth inning. Michael Costello pitched the seventh inning and recorded the save, striking out two and allowing only one hit in the final inning.
“Robbie did a great job for us and kept us in the game,” Coach Spalding said.  “We were fortunate to win a big inning late in the game with timely hits and three errors they made to get us ahead.”

Marion Co.     000 004 0 – 4 5 0
Fern Creek     003 000 0 – 3 3 4

Green County 12, Marion County 6
In the championship, Green County jumped out early and led 6-0 after two innings. Marion County put up a pair of runs in the top of the third innings, but the Dragons continued to add more runs as well, keeping the Knights from getting back in the game.
Marion County would brought home the runner-up trophy after falling 12-6 in the championship game.
Alex Gordon and Jeremy Morris each had two hits.
Devin Spalding pitched to the first seven batters of the game and allowed four runs while taking the loss from the mound. Levi Haydon and Michael Costello came in to relieve Spalding. Haydon pitched 3.2 innings and Costello pitched the final two innings.  
“We hit the ball great again in this game, especially with wood bats,” Coach Spalding said. “We just couldn’t overcome some errors in some big spots. The team fought hard all weekend.”

Marion Co.    002 040 0 –  6 8 6
Green Co.     420 231 X – 12 5 2

The Knights were scheduled to play their first home game of the season this past Monday night, weather permitting. Coach Spalding noted that this is for sure the longest stretch he’s ever had as a coach without playing a home game.
Tomorrow afternoon the Knights are set to play Metcalfe County at noon at Hourigan Field.