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TCHS Ousted From Tourney Play by Maroon Knights

By Staff | May 31, 2017

Senior centerfielder Trent Smith makes the catch of the year to save some runs against Wheeling Central in the region one tournament. Photos by Shari Smith

Game two of the Region one tournament between Tyler Consolidated and Wheeling Central got under way on Wednesday, May 24, at TCHS field. Despite working all day to get the field ready and agreeing to an early start to beat the rain forecast, play was stopped after one inning because of heavy rain and poor playing conditions.

The Maroon Knights tallied four runs in the top of the first and held the Silver Knights scoreless. The game was scheduled to picked back up in the second inning and played at Knights field on Thursday. However after more hard rain overnight and throughout the day it was decided to resume the game at Wheeling’s 1-470 complex.

Central went right to work where it left off by scoring 3 runs in the second and third innings to take a commanding 10-0 lead after three. The Maroon Knights added two more in the fifth and Tyler was unable to tally any runs giving Wheeling Central a 12-0 mercy rule five inning victory.

The Silver Knights finished the season with a 20-7 record. “I’m very happy with the way our season went. Sure we wanted to take another step and get to the state but give credit to Wheeling Central they have a nice club. We still feel we can play with the best in our Class it just wasn’t our night,” said coach Robby Jones.

“I have really enjoyed this season and the kids have been a pleasure to work with. They give 100 percent all the time and I find no fault in their effort. We will miss are seniors next year but we’ll work hard to get better and that’s all that matters.”

Nate Lantz scores on an RBI triple by Dylan Roberts in the first inning of game one against Wheeling Central.

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Silver Knights fall one behind in Regionals

It a best of three series the first game puts you in the drivers seat and the opponent is behind the eight ball. On Tuesday night May 23, in Wheeling at 1-470 park, Wheeling Central and Tyler Consolidated hooked up for game one of the West Virginia Class A Region One finals.

Both teams had their ace pitchers on the mound to try and give them the upper hand. Central’s top gun Austin Crebs squared off against the Knights then undefeated (9-0) Luke Daugherty. Crebs struck out 11 with no walks and scattered four hits in a complete game victory, while Daugherty also had a good outing, working five innings striking out four and walking only two while giving up five hits in his first loss of the year.

The Maroon Knights got on the scoreboard first when first baseman Zach McAbee lined an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead after one. It stayed that way until the bottom of the third when Central scored again on a sacrifice fly by McAbee for a 2-0 advantage.

In the top of the fourth the Silver Knights drew to within one when Nate Lantz hit a hard grounder to short that the Maroon Knights couldn’t handle and made it to first on the error. Dylan Roberts then stepped to the plate and drilled one over the left fielder’s head to bring in Lantz and get a stand-up triple.

With the score 2-1 after four the Maroon Knights plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-1 lead heading into the sixth.

Both teams failed to score in the inning and in the top of the seventh the Silver Knights added another run when Roberts got his third hit of the night and Trent Smith slammed a two out single to drive in Roberts but was thrown out trying to reach second to end the game.

“Daugherty gave us a chance to win the game on the mound, he did everything we asked him to. He threw strikes and our defense made plays,” said Silver Knights Coach Robby Jones.

“He has done that all year for us, we had some chances on the offensive end to score a couple more runs but things just didn’t bounce our way.”