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The Marion County High School baseball team kept themselves in the mix for a good seed in the 20th District tournament by beating Campbellsville and Adair County last week.
Campbellsville had previously beaten the Knights 8-2 at Hourigan Field but Eric Miles pitched a gem from the mound and turned it around for Marion County.
"That was an unbelievable game for us. The kids really performed well and executed. Eric Miles was fantastic on the mound," Knights Head Coach Chad Spalding said.
Spalding said Paul Spalding and Jason Buckman turned two double plays and nearly bagged a third. Spalding gave credit to Eric Farmer for a big play and for other players for getting routine sacrifice bunts.
"If we can do those things then we can compete. If you just make the ordinary plays then you can be fantastic," Spalding said. "That's a big boost for our kids to see that they can play with those guys."
Miles pitched a complete game and allowed six hits and two runs. He struck out five and walked three of 29 batters. With his play on the mound as of late, Miles has seen his stock improve in the Knights pitching rotation.
"Eric has established himself as being a number two or definitely a number three," Spalding said.
Justin Buckman, Jason Buckman and Miles finished with two hits apiece.
Marion County is now 2-2 in the district in has a chance to get a two or possibly even a one seed in the district tournament.
"If we can keep playing solid baseball like against Campbellsville I'll be thrilled," Spalding said. "I'll be excited about what we've done as a staff. I'm not asking for them to be perfect, just execute and do the little things. If we play like that, I can accept whatever outcome. But I hate to lose."
Washington County 5, Marion County 3
"The Washington County game we had a lot of hits but just no timely hits. We had plenty of opportunities but blew them with poor base running and missed bunts," Spalding said.
The Knights gave up three triples to right field during the game.
David Raley, Tyler Wright, Joseph Lewis and Miles finished with two hits apiece. The Knights rocked the Commanders for 11 hits but left many of them stranded.
Justin Buckman put together some nice innings late but was given the loss after nine innings. He gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck out six and walked three of 39 batters.
"It was just a really bad loss for us honestly. I was happy to see how they responded against Campbellsville," Spalding said.
Marion County 3, Adair County 2
"It was kind of one of those games like they were sleeping zombies waiting for Adair to lay down," Spalding said. "Adair wasn't going to lay down to us. No team will lay down for us for that matter. We were able to get a win. That was our first district win and was a big confidence boost for us."
Wright pitched a complete game against the Indians, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one of 27 batters. He picked up the win from the mound.
Raley finished with two hits.
The Knights pick up district play again this week, hosting Adair County on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Hourigan Field. They travel to the Fred Capps Memorial Tournament in Cumberland County on Friday to play Green County at 7 p.m. They play Ohio County the next day at noon. Depending how those games go will determine who else they play over the weekend.
On Monday the Knights return home to play region foe John Hardin. That game begins at 5:30 p.m.