Enduring rain, extra field work, cancellations and inclement weather throughout the season, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight varsity baseball team likely feels as if the 2011 season was a lot more work than play. But the team endured.
The Silver Knights ended the season last week at the Region I Section II tournament, with a win/loss record of 6-14.
As with every year, the Knights faced off with the Magnolia Blue Eagles in the Sectional. Consolidated fell twice in a row to the Blue Eagles, 9-0 and 19-0.
Game one, played in New Martinsville, started off the series with the Silver Knights holding their own against the Blue Eagles. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie until third inning when Magnolia added a run to their side of the scoreboard. The Knights held strong though, both defensively and on the mound forcing their opponents to strategize. Piling on four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, the Eagles took the win, 9-0.
Magnolia scored nine runs on 10 hits and were cited with one error. The Silver Knights accumulated five hits in the game and committed three errors.
Dalton Wells worked the mound for the Silver, striking out six batters and walking four.
At the plate, Garrett Amos and Cody Laugh each singled twice.
At Tyler Consolidated for game two, the Knight bats had more than a little trouble as the team earned only two hits during the five innings of play.
Zack Knowlton and Dalton Parsons each singled.
Year end stats for the team include senior Garrett Amos leading the team with 28 hits for a batting average of .438. Amos hit eight doubles, and 20 singles to lead the team in RBI's with 11. Dalton Wells hit seven doubles and 14 singles for 22 hits and 10 RBI's for a batting average of .355; Koty Martin had 21 hits for a batting average of .375; and senior Zack Knowlton hit the ball 21 times, and led the team in runs scored with 20 the Silver Knights to achieve a batting average of .328.
Amos led the team in put-outs with 127 and 17 assists; Justin Carpenter put out runners 98 times with one assist; Knowlton had 39 put-outs with 31 assists.
On the mound for the Silver, two pitchers statistics stood out among the rest. Senior Blaise Rice pitched 57.67 innings, striking out 70 and walking 48 for an ERA of 9.83. Dalton Wells pitched a total of 45 innings, walking 20 and striking out 45 for an ERA of 7.47.
Saying goodbye to five seniors due to graduation, coach Gene Rice said that Garrett Amos, Zack Knowlton, Cody Laugh, Jeremy Headley and Blaise Rice will be missed on the roster next year. "But we've built ourselves a good foundation," he said. "We have some guys coming back next year who are excited about baseball again and who will be willing to step up and take over the leadership roles these guys leave."