Knights win opening scrimmage

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team played and won their opening contest of the season Saturday. The scrimmage against Hart County was scheduled to take place Friday at Marion County, but due to poor field conditions it was moved back a day and was moved to Hart County.  
Neither team was able to score in the opening inning. Marion County once again failed to score in the top of the second inning. Hart County managed to push a run across in the bottom of the second inning off of a hit, a sacrifice, and an error to lead 1-0 after two innings.  
Marion County came alive in the third inning and plated their first three runs of the game. A hit by Devin Spalding followed by a walk to Alex Gordon put two on base before Michael Costello reached on an error. All three base runners came around to score and give the Knights a 3-1 lead.  
The next offense came in the home half of the fourth inning when Hart County scored their second run off of a pair of hits in the inning. In the top of the fifth inning, Marion County scored four runs to take a 7-2 lead. However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Raiders were able to score three runs to trim the deficit back to 7-5.
In the sixth and seventh innings, the Knights scored four runs each and held Hart County scoreless over that time span. Marion County went on to win the scrimmage by a final score of 15-5.
“We were able to get in a pretty good scrimmage on Saturday,” Head Coach Chad Spalding said. “The coaching staff was pleased with several players having multiple hits. They were aggressive at the plate, which was nice to see. Our pitching did ok overall, which was also good to see.”
The Knights were led by Devin Spalding who had three hits. Mason Gadberry chipped in two hits while Michael Costello, Levi Haydon, Joey Costello, Robbie Spalding and Jacob Overstreet each had one hit.  
Five different pitchers took the mound for the Knights. Michael Costello started the scrimmage and pitched one inning, struck out two, and walked two. Devin Spalding came in and pitched one inning while allowing one hit, one run and striking out two batters.
Levi Haydon pitched the next two innings. He allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out two batters. Alex Gordon pitched the next two innings and allowed one hit, three runs, walked one and struck out one. Joe Ben Curtis pitched the final inning and struck out one batter.
The Knights first regular season game was on Monday night. They also played last night. Results from those games were unavailable as of press time. The team’s next game is on Friday night against Lincoln County.