Knights Win Wild One
Tyler hosted Magnolia on Saturday in an elimination game for the Silver Knights in the Region I, Section II baseball tournament. The number five seed Blue Eagles had won three straight in the tournament and a win over the Knights would have given them the sectional championship, but the Knights used two big innings to get the win, 18-13.
Tyler West took the mound for the Knights and quickly set down the Blue Eagles in order in the top of the first.
Magnolia countered with its ace Jake Gamble, who ran into trouble from the start, walking the first three Knights batters and giving up a bunt single to Luke Daugherty that brought in a run.
Magnolia coach Dave Cisar had seen enough and called for a pitching change, bringing Pat Mirandy on in relief. Mirandy gave up three straight hits, an RBI single to Noah Smith, and a bases loaded triple to Gage Huffman that went to the fence in right/center for three runs.
Huffman then scored on a single to left from Dylan Seckman, and the Knights were up 6-0. Magnolia then turned a double play, and a ground out ended the inning.
McKeever singled to start the second inning for the Blue Eagles, but on a fly out to center, he was tossed out trying to get to second. Kocher was safe at first on an error, then Eli Nice ground out to short stop to close out the second for Magnolia.
The Silver Knights added another run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Daugherty that brought home Roberts who had walked and stole second to make it 7-0 going into the third.
The Blue Eagles got a quick double that rolled to the fence in right field by Matt Gaiser, and Mirandy flew out to center. Gamble got hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Knight then singled to left to bring in Gaiser before Leo Herrick singled to right, bringing in two runs.
Herrick got all the way to third on the play on a throwing error and then stole home on a wild pitch.
McKeever walked, but Dalton Pritchard was out on a fly ball to right, and McKeever was picked off trying to get back to first on the play, to end the inning with the Eagles closing the gap to 7-4.
The Silver Knights’ first two batters went down, but Creed Ammons got an infield single before Mason ground out to end the inning.
Magnolia opened up the fourth with a big double from Derrick Kocher. McKeever walked and stole second. Gaiser struck out, and Mirandy singled to center bringing in Kocher for an RBI. McKeever was gunned down stealing third for the second out.
Gamble walked, and Nice singled to left for an RBI, bringing in Mirandy. Herrick then got the third out on a fly ball to right, but the Eagles pulled to within one, 7-6.
The Silver Knights scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning compliments of five walks and four hits. After Mirandy gave up walks to Roberts and West, Daugherty singled to right for an RBI. Noah Smith and Huffman both walked, bringing in another run, and Coach Cisar brought in Herrick to pitch.
Herrick gave up a single to Dylan Seckman which brought in two runs, and then Jake Rice walked. Herrick got Ammons on a pop out before Mason lined a double to the fence for two RBI. Roberts then singled, but Mason was thrown out trying to reach home. Roberts stole second and third, but West struck out to end the inning with the Knights up 14-6 after sending 10 batters to the plate.
In the top of the fifth Magnolia returned the favor sending 11 batters of their own to the plate and scoring six runs to make it 14-12.
McKeever walked, Pritchard doubled to right/center, for an RBI, he stole second and scored on a wild pitch. Kocher and Kaden Jones both walked, and Gaiser drilled a single for two RBI. Mirandy doubled; Gamble flew out to right, and W. Nice singled to score Gaiser. Herrick reached first on an error, moving Gaiser to second. McKeever and Pritchard both hit pop outs to send the game to the bottom of the fifth with Tyler up 14-12.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Silver Knights added four more to the board to up the lead to 18-12. Daugherty started the inning with his fourth single of the game; he stole second and third and then scored on an RBI single to left field by Smith. Smith stole second and third and then scored on a run down to home when he collided with the Blue Eagles catcher who dropped the ball.
Huffman singled to left/center, stole second and third, and scored when he stole home on a wild pitch. Seckman struck out, but Rice singled and went to third on a fielders choice and then scored on a wild pitch.
Mason and Roberts both hit pop outs to end the inning.
The Blue Eagles added a run in the sixth on a Mirandy single, brought in Eli Nice who had walked and stole second. However the Knights got out of the inning, up 18-13.
Tyler sent five batters to the plate in the sixth but couldn’t score, giving the Blue Eagles one more chance. Noah Smith, who came in to pitch for the Knights in the sixth, set Magnolia down in order in the seventh, giving the Silver Knights the win.
Gamble took the loss for the Blue Eagles, while Tyler West got the win for the Knights. Tyler Consolidated had 14 hits in the game, while Magnolia also had 14. The Knights committed two errors while Magnolia committed five. The Knights walked eight batters while Magnolia walked 14.
The win improved the Silver Knights’ record to 14-9 on the year and set up the sectional championship game for Monday at TCHS.
“We have played Magnolia five times this year, and each game has been a dog fight. I am proud of how we responded each time Magnolia made a run at us today. This was a hard fought game and neither team gave up. We had nine players score runs, and we got hits from everywhere in the batting order. We used three pitchers today, but they had to make four changes. Our kids played smart baseball today and that helped us get the win,” said coach Robby Jones.
Silver Knights Eliminate St.Marys
Tyler Consolidated scored two runs in the top of the first inning against St. Marys on Friday night on their way to eliminating the Blue Devils from sectional play, 2-0.
The Silver Knights opened the game with a double from lead off batter Kyle Mason. Mason stole third, and then Dylan Roberts walked to put runners on the corners. Roberts stole second and a bad throw sent Mason home.
Roberts then scored on a Luke Daugherty bunt RBI to make it 2-0. From there it became a pitchers duel with Daugherty shutting put the Blue Devils as he went the distance, giving up just four hits while walking just one and striking out seven. The Knights committed two errors on the night, while St. Marys committed five.
Tyler got five hits with Noah Smith drilling a triple; Dylan Seckman and Jake Rice each had a single, and Roberts and Mason got doubles. Daugherty got all three batters in four innings and had two other innings with only four coming to the plate in a masterful performance.
With the win, the Knights moved on to play Magnolia on Saturday after losing to the Blue Eagles 11-9 on Wednesday. The Silver Knights improved to 12-9 with the win over St. Marys.
Magnolia Defeats Tyler, 11-9
Despite opening sectional play with a big win May 8, the Silver Knights found themselves in a battle the following day with the Magnolia Blue Eagles. Magnolia came out on top, 11-9, to advance to the title game on Saturday.
The Blue Eagles went up 3-0 in the top of the first inning as the first three batters got on by a hit pitch and a walk. Both runners stole a base and with both in scoring position, a balk was called – bringing home a run. After a fly out, cleanup hitter Leo Herrick singled to bring in a run and later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 before the Knights closed out the top half of the inning.
Tyler took to the plate in the bottom of the first, and leadoff batter Kyle Mason drilled a hard hit triple to right/center; he scored when Dylan Roberts grounded out to short. Tyler West then walked and scored on a double down the first base line by Noah Smith before the inning was over and Magnolia led 3-2 after one.
The Blue Eagles used a big second inning to jump ahead, 7-2, as they scored four runs on a combination of hits and errors. The Knights had three errors in the inning, giving up two runs while Herrick drove in two runs with a single up the middle. Patrick Mirandy also added a single in the inning and scored a run.
The Silver Knights added a run in the bottom of the inning when Creed Ammons singled in Dylan Seckman who walked, stole second, and went to third on an error. Jake Rice singled and went to second, but the next two Knights batters went down on a double play to end the inning.
In the top of the third, Magnolia got a single from Eli Nice, but two ground outs – and a fly out to left – ended the Eagles’ third. However, the Blue shut the Knights down in order with two fly outs and a strikeout to move on to the fourth.
Magnolia couldn’t get anything going in the fourth as they sent four batters to the plate with Skylar McKeever lining out to the short stop to end the inning. The Silver Knights scored three runs in the fourth to pull to within one, 7-6, heading into the fifth. The Knights’ first two batters grounded out before Rice doubled and Ammons got on base by an error, scoring Rice. Mason then got to second on a throwing error, scoring Ammons. Roberts then knocked in Mason with a single before Tyler West grounded out to end the inning.
Magnolia continued to struggle in the fifth with only a single and four batters for no runs. The Knights, however, again went to work and plated two runs to take an 8-7 lead after five. A walk to Luke Daugherty and singles by Gage Huffman and Dylan Seckman provided the two runs to give the Knights a short-lived lead.
Magnolia came back strong in the sixth with four runners crossing the plate to grab an 11-8 lead with two more at bats for the Knights. During the sixth the Blue Eagles got a double from William Nice down the left field baseline and Herrick, McKeever and Pritchard added three straight singles before the Knights turned a double play to end the inning.
The Knights added two runs in their half of the inning – making it 11-9, and then shut down the Blue Eagles in order in the seventh but failed to score in their last at bat to end the game. Each team ended with nine hits on the night. Noah Smith had two hits, scored and drove in two runs for the Knights, and Gage Huffman had a hit and an RBI. Dylan Seckman had two singles and an RBI. Kyle Mason added a triple and scored two runs. Jake Rice doubled, singled and scored, and Dylan Roberts got an RBI single.
Tyler West, who came on in relief for Dylan Roberts in the first, took the loss for the Knights, who moved into the losers bracket with a game on Friday.
Silver Knights Slay Wildcats
Tyler Consolidated overpowered Paden City, 22-1, at home on May 8 in a first round, five-inning W.Va. Class A sectional baseball game.
Matt Saxon opened the game for the Wildcats with a single past the second baseman, but Ethan Cross flew out to left field, and Trey Slider popped out to third. Kolton Elliott singled to left field to put runners on the corners, but Ryan Cross ended the inning with a fly ball to right.
The Knights got the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when Dylan Roberts walked, moved to second on a wild pitch. On the next pitch, he stole third, but a bad throw to third brought him home for the Knights’ run. The Silver Knights also got a single in the inning from Noah Smith before the Wildcats got the third out.
Paden City went three up and three down in the top of the second as Knights pitcher Luke Daugherty struck out two and forced a ground out to second.
Tyler sent five batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning but failed to score but got a single by Jake Rice and Creed Ammons was hit by a pitch. Paden City, however, forced two fly ball outs and a grounder back to the pitcher to end the inning.
In the third, the Wildcats tied the game when Clayton Thomas singled up the right side and later scored on a RBI fly ball by Ethan Cross. It was short lived, however, as the Silver Knights responded to regain the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Daugherty doubled to left center. He later scored stealing third and going home on an error at third to put the Knights up, 2-1, heading into the top of the fourth.
In the fourth, Paden City got a two out single past second from Jordan Stackpole and Marcus Allen then drove a hard shot up the middle for a single. Stackpole was gunned down trying to get to third to close out the top of the inning.
The bottom of the fourth was a nightmare for Paden City as they had four errors in the inning and gave up 14 hits, walked five and hit two batters while allowing 20 runs. The Silver Knights sent 24 batters to the plate. Tyler West got a two run home run and a three run double in the inning. Jake Rice singled to right field and scored and added a triple to right center for three RBI. He also walked and scored two more times.
Roberts had five RBI in the inning, picking up two on an error at left field on a dropped ball and three more on two singles in the inning. He also scored three times. Creed Ammons had two singles in the inning and got to first on an error on a ball hit to left. He scored three runs in the inning.
Paden City failed to score in the top of the fifth, and the game was over with the Knights moving into the championship game with Magnolia.
Daugherty was the winning pitcher in the game – going four complete innings scattering five singles and striking out two while walking none. Tyler West got the save in the fourth, facing six batters and walking two. He forced two fly ball outs and a ground out to end the game.
Kolton Elliott took the loss for Paden City, working three innings and facing 10 batters in the fourth. The Wildcats used five pitchers in the fourth with Ty Cain getting the three outs for the Wildcats.
The Silver Knights ended with 17 hits, six walked batters and three hit by pitches. The Knights had two errors in the game to seven for Paden City.