'The Unpredictables' lose to Campbellsville

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By Jesse Osbourne

True to form, the team dubbed "The Unpredictables" performed just as their nickname indicated on Tuesday of last week at Hourigan Field.

The Marion County High School baseball team took a 13-3 drubbing by Campbellsville High School in the first round of the 20th District tournament to finish the season 14-12.

The Knights split the season series with the Eagles, with each team winning on the road.

"Campbellsville was outstanding. They hit as good as any team we faced all year," Knight Head Coach Chad Spalding said. "Our pitchers worked behind in the count and (Campbellsville was) patient and looked for their pitches and simply drove fastballs in the gaps."

Campbellsville's lefties gave the Knights pitching staff fits all night, driving hit after hit down the third base line and into the gaps. The Eagles combined for three triples and two doubles as they relentlessly pounded the ball against the district tournament host.

Aaron Schwoebel proved to be the Knights worst enemy as he collected two triples and batted in five RBIs. He also took the win from the mound. Schwoebel pitched five innings while giving up three hits and no earned runs.

The Knights were able to finally score in the bottom of the fifth inning in order to prevent the 10-run rule from ending the game early.

Spalding said last week that Campbellsville thrived off of big innings and his words proved true as the Eagles put together a four run inning in the second and a five run inning in the fourth to quell the Knights confidence.

"They dictated the game. They are a very good team that I feel has a chance to win our region. They have the talent and the want to win the 5th Region," Spalding said.

Junior Tyler Wright started from the mound. He took the loss, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs in three innings. He walked one and struck out three of the 20 batters he faced.

Senior Justin Buckman was nearly as ineffective from the mound as Campbellsville's bats were dialed in.

Buckman gave up four hits and three earned runs in four innings while walking one and striking out two of the 20 batters he faced.

The Knights defense was sloppy, committing three errors. The Eagles' defense was just as sloppy, committing three errors of their own.

Senior Eric Miles led the offense with two hits and one RBI. Jason Buckman, Bryan Gootee and Michael Costello collected a hit each. Buckman and Gootee also collected one RBI each.

The Knights lose Eric Miles, Jason Buckman and Justin Buckman to graduation.

"I'm extremely proud of our seniors. Those three guys are gamers," Spalding said. "They are guys that I could rely on and I will miss them a great deal. I just hope that our younger kids learned a few things from those guys this year."