The Silver Knights improved their record to 9-1 with a hard fought 10-8 victory over the home standing Magnolia Blue Eagles on Thursday, in a game that was still in doubt going into the seventh. The Knights however showed the poise they've had all season and put two runs on the board in the seventh to clip the Blue Eagles wings and gain their first win over Magnolia since the mid-nineties.
With the score tied 5-5 after five innings, the Silver Knights loaded the bases with two out in the sixth with freshman leftfielder Gage Huffman coming to the plate. Huffman fouled one off took a strike and then drilled a hard shot up the middle to lift the Knights to a 7-5 advantage entering the bottom of the sixth.
Magnolia didn't go down easy however as they put three on the board to retake the lead 8-7 compliments of a couple Knights errors. Tyler got a nice play from first baseman Dylan Seckman to get the third out on Magnolia when he stepped off the bag to get an errant throw and reached back to touch the runner to make the play and give the Knights new life.
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Trent Smith at the plate for Tyler Consolidated.
Still down by one with the bases loaded and one out Trent Smith hit a shot that went up the middle bring in a run and putting the Knights ahead for good. Dylan Seckman and Huffman both singled in runs in the inning to raise the lead to 10-8. The Knights pounded 10 hits on the night and had three errors but came through in the clutch for the to go home with the win.
Huffman led the Silver Knights with two sinles a double and three RBI's. Tyler West added a double and a single while driving in a run and Dylan Roberts hammered a hard triple to the right-center gap and scored a run while also knocking in a run with a single. Kyle Mason singled and doubled.
Magnolia fell to 3-5 with the loss. The Silver Knights' Luke Daugherty picked up the win when he enteredin the fourth down 4-3. Nate Lantz threw the first three striking out three and walking none. Daugherty finished with four strikeouts. "We were in a battle tonight but we never gave up, that's what these kids do. They play hard and they play to win. It was a big win for us and I'm proud of the way they came back in the sevth to get the win. Gage gave us two big hits but it was a total team effort, " said Knights Coach Robby Jones. "I have all the respect in the world for Coach Dave Cisar and his baseball program. We knew going in they would be well coached and fundamentally sound. Our kids played with determination and hustle and have started hitting the ball with a lot more consistency these past few games."
Knights blast Valley (pound out 13 hits)
Visting Valley High School had a long ride home after enduring a 17-0 blasting at the hands of 8-1 Tyler Consolidated. quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first and added 10 more in the second to grab a mercy rule five inning win.
Dylan Roberts got the win throwing the first two innings, while Nate Lantz, Tyler West, Noah Smith all threw an inning. Ethan Greathouse took the loss for Valley. For the Knights Roberts and West swung the big bats going 3-3 with two singles, a double and three RBI's each. Lantz had two hits in two attempts including a double and two runs batted in.