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Silver Knights fall to Rebels and split with Bulldogs; Wildcats shutout Hornets but get burnt by Dragons

By Staff | Apr 15, 2009

Zack Knowlton

The Silver Knights continued their week with a rough outing against the Ritchie County Rebels in LKC action Thursday.

The Rebels made short work of Tyler Consolidated, scoring 11 runs in the span of five innings and limited the Knights to just one run in a mercy-rule shortened game.

Ritchie County opened up with three runs in the first and continued the route in the fourth with five runs and in the fifth with three runs.

The Knights’ lone score came in the fourth as Zach Perkey hit his fourth home run of the season. It was one of only three hits on the day for Tyler Consolidated.

Perkey also picked up the loss pitching 3 and 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.



Tyler Consolidated capped off the week with a rare Monday doubleheader against neighboring conference foe Doddridge County.

The two schools were taking advantage of the spring break and scheduled the event to start at 1 p.m. at Kidwell.

In the opener, everything went the way of the Silver Knights as they had the offense running early and often en route to an 8-0 victory.

A single by Michael Cochran followed by a double by Zach Perkey and Zack Minger reaching first on a walk loaded the bases for Brandon Grimes.

“Chippy,” as he is referred to on the team, promptly hit a shot to the outfield, providing two runs and a double. Justin Carpenter followed suit with a hit just inside the right foul line in right field, scoring Minger and Grimes while ending up on second.

Later in the game, Cochran blooped a hit to the opposite field, providing enough time for Brody Northcraft to score from second base. Tyler Consolidated would then go up 6-0 in the third inning after Minger hit a line drive down the right foul line to trot out a triple. He would score shortly after on a wild pitch.

Perkey then provided the final fireworks of the first game in the sixth with a two-run home run after Northcraft reached to make it 8-0. It was his fifth round-tripper of the season.

Minger earned the complete game shutout with six strikeouts to his credit and allowing six hits and one walk.

Northcraft was 2-4 with two runs. Cochran was also 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Perkey finished 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs as a result of his home run. Minger scored twice. Grimes was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs while scoring himself.

The result of the nightcap wasn’t as pleasing for the Silver Knights as the Bulldogs came alive and caused the split with a 6-3 decision in a rain-shortened five inning contest.

Tyler Consolidated took an early lead again, plating a run in the first, but Doddridge County came back with two runs in the second and one in the third. The Silver Knights scored one in the third as well.

Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning before a deciding fifth inning saw the Bulldogs score three and the Knights score one to set up the final score.

By then the weather was getting worse and playing conditions were unfavorable, causing the game to be ended early. Five innings is the minimum number that must be played for an official game.

Perkey and Northcraft picked up hits for Tyler Consolidated along with RBIs. Perkey gave up only five hits while striking out eight, but a couple of errors assisted the Bulldogs.



Coach Croasmun’s crew bounced back with a beatdown of cross-county rival Hundred, stinging the Hornets 14-0 in five innings.

It didn’t take long for Paden City to put this game out of reach of Hundred, scoring all of their runs in the first three innings of play and outscoring themselves the previous inning while doing so. The Wildcats opened up with two runs in their first at bat, followed by five runs in the second, and finally seven in the third. The offense pounded out 10 hits in the process.

Wes Cosper picked up the win on the mound, fanning 10 in the process while helping his own cause by hitting 3-4 from the dish with three RBIs. Ryan Thoburn hit his second career home run with a solo shot. He added another RBI later in the game.

Ricky Wright went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs, Malakai Anderson went 2-5 with a pair of runs batted in, and Zack Yost went 1-2 with an RBI.


Paden City had a tough loss Monday to conference and sectional foe Cameron in a mercy-rule shortened game.

The Wildcats opened up with an early lead, scoring one in the top frame, but the Dragons responded by batting around with five runs in the second. Paden City responded with a run in the third and fourth, but Cameron answered with two in the third and four in the fourth.

The hosts would add two in the sixth to go up 10 and end the game at 13-3.

Keith Kline homered for the Wildcats while Wes Cosper and Chris Loy both doubled. Cosper picked up the loss for Paden City, striking out two. Malakai Anderson came on in relief with four strikeouts.