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TCHS Wins Inaugural Boggs Tourney

By Staff | Apr 26, 2017

Photos by Sheri Smith Silver Knights watching the action as they defeat Bishop Donahue in the Matt Boggs memorial wooden bat tournament.

Coming from behind has been a trademark for the scrappy Silver Knights this year and their 13-3 record proves they can turn the trick. On Saturday after a disappointing OVAC loss to Fort Frye, the coaches and team quietly put it behind them and showed what they are made of with a 6-5 comeback win in the bottom of the seventh to beat a strong Bishop Donahue team and capture the first annual Matt Boggs Tournament.

Luke Daugherty pitched the first 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and a walk but senior Nate Lantz took over for the next 1 1/3 inning to get the win. Lantz drilled a two run triple in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Dylan Seckman then cracked a walk off single to bring in Lantz for the winning run.

Trailing 5-3 heading into the last at bat, it looked likethe Knights might drop their second of the day. This never-ay die group had different ideas, however, and the celebration began.

“I”m thrilled with the way we battled back after a disappointing loss against Fort Frye earlier in the day. It’s a true testament to the kids we have and the families they come from,”said Coach Robby Jones.

The 13-3 Knights got two singles from Tyler West and Dylan Seckman while Lantz drilled the triple and added a single. Daugherty also knocked in a run with a single. “It was a total team effort and I’m so proud of these kids. Colby Buchanan has been extremely tough behind the plate and managing our pitching staff.It was a fun weekend to be a fan of Knights baseball, “added Jones.

Rodney Boggs and grandson Landon Boggs waiting to throw out the first pitch in the Championship game of the Matt Boggs Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

One of the highlights of the weekend was watching the face of Landon Boggs as the Silver Knights swept two teams to win the inaugural event. Landon alongside his Pap Rodney looked like he might be the next star for the Knights when he threw out the first pitch a fast ball right down the middle. Congratulations to the Silver Knights on a hard fought victory to capture the crown in honor of Matt Boggs former Tyler athlete. The next best thing to the win was heading to Middlebourne for some of the best food in the Ohio Valley. Many thanks to the Boggs family for all they do in the community.

Silver Knights win over Ritchie County

in First Boggs

Tournament

The inaugural Matt Boggs Memorial Wood Bat Tournament kicked off Friday with Bishop Donahue defeating Frontier, 5-4.

Tyler Consolidated and coaches pictured with the Boggs family after winning the Boggs tournament championship over Bishop Donahue.

Tyler Consolidated hosted Ritchie County in the second game at 7 p.m.

The Knights got off to a quick start as starting pitcher Dylan Roberts set the Rebels down in order. The Silver Knights then went to work in the bottom of the inning when Luke Daugherty reached first on a throwing error and then stole second and later scored on an up the middle single by Roberts.

In the top of the second, Ritchie scored four unearned runs on a hit batter and four walks. Coach Jones brought Nate Lantz on in relief to close out the inning, but the Rebels had a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Knights managed two runs on two hits and a fly out RBI by Trent Smith, before Roberts struckout to end the inning with the score 4-3 in favor of the visitors.

That was as good as it got for Ritchie County as the Knights held them scoreless over the next three at bats while scoring 11 runs to take a 14-4 five inning victory.

The Silver Knights got four runs in the bottom of the third when Tyler West and Daugherty both scored on a throwing error. Roberts then hit a single and moved to second on a walk. Roberts and Lantz both scored on a Kyle Mason single before Smith hit a fly to left to end the inning with the Knights up 7-4.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Knights first two batters went down and with nobody on, Daugherty walked, stole second and scored on a West RBI single. Roberts then got his second hit a hard double to bring in West, Lantz then doubled to bring in Roberts.. On the play, Lantz also scored when the throw to the cut off man rolled past him to the dug out bringing Lantz in from second. Dylan Seckman singled and the next two batters walked before Buchanan flied out. The score stood at 11-4 after four.

Ritchie County went down scoreless in the fifth and the Silver Knights scored twice in the bottom of the inning and with two outs got a third run on a single by Mason to end the game. The Knights managed 14 runs on eight hits while allowing Ritchie only two hits on the night.

Nate Lantz picked up the win for the Silver Knights going two and a third innings Luke Daugherty also pitched an inning of relief getting the save.