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Disappointment on the Diamond

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Baseball Knights fall to Adair County in district tournament

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights baseball team traveled to Taylor County High School on May 22, playing the Adair County Indians in the first round of the 20th District Tournament. After a hard fought battle that went into extra innings, the Knights fell short, 2-1, taking away their chance to compete in the championship game and the regional tournament. With this loss, Marion County finishes the season with a 15-18 record.
Adair County 2, Marion County 1
As a team, Marion County could only muster four hits, with sophomore Joey Costello leading the way with three hits and Devin Spalding adding the only other hit. Costello went 3-3 on the night.
The opening round 20th district tournament game would start off slowly, with neither team producing any offense in the first four innings. The Knights advanced a runner to third base in the third inning, but were unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunity. The Indians put runners on base in each of the first four innings, but the Marion County defense did not let an Adair County run.
The first run was scored by Adair County in the bottom of the fifth inning off of a double followed by a RBI single. Marion County wouldn’t stay down for long.  
In the top of the sixth inning, Knight Joey Costello led off the inning with a single. With two outs Devin Spalding came to the plate and connected on a RBI single to tie the score, 1-1. Adair County failed to score in the bottom of the sixth inning after being retired in order.
Marion County went three up, three down in the top of the seventh inning.
The Indians put three runners on base in the inning, but the Knights did just enough to keep Adair County off the scoreboard and prolong the game.
Marion County had a second chance to add the much-needed insurance run in the top of the eighth inning.  Joey Costello collected his third hit on the night with one out in the inning. The following Knights batter flew out to right field, and the pinch runner for Costello was doubled up at first base to end any chances.
Adair County got  the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.  After starting off the inning with a strikeout, Dylan Spalding issued a walk to the next batter to put the game-winning run on base. After a sacrifice by the next Adair County batter, the Indians had a runner on second base with two outs. Adair County’s No. 9 hitter singled to left field to drive in the runner from second base and give Adair County the walk-off win by a final score of 2-1.
Dylan Spalding suffered the loss on the mound for the Knights, pitching 7.2 innings and giving up two runs off of ten hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.Seventy-nine of Spalding’s 128 pitches went for strikes. For his efforts, Spalding was named to the all-tournament team.
“Denton was outstanding on the mound for them.  That was the best game I have seen him pitch,” Marion County Coach Chad Spalding said.  “Dylan also pitched great for us.”  
Spalding went on to say that this was an exciting game.
“This was a fun baseball game; they were just better offensively than us,” he said.  “We only had four hits and Joey Costello had three of them.  There were several big plays by our defense to get us out of big moments.  Overall, I was proud of our performance.”

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