Knights struck by Thunder
GRAETTINGER — The Graettinger/Terril baseball team briefly took the lead from Twin River Valley on Friday, but the Knights couldn’t answer a six-run sixth inning in a 17-10 loss.
Both teams came out swinging with the score 6-5 after two innings.
The Knights tied the game in the bottom of the third when Dalton Perrin singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeremiah Andrews and third when Tanner Gunderson grounded out to short. A single by Dalton Park tied the game.
The Knights put down the Thunder in order in the top of the fourth and took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Taylor Harris drew a walk, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jesse Nissen and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Tyler Leiting.
The Knights’ lead was short-lived.
After Harris gave up a leadoff walk followed by a double, the Knights picked off the lead runner at third base. However, the visitors came up with two two-out singles to plate two runs and lead 8-7.
In the top of the sixth, the Knights struggled as the Thunder started with a walk, followed by an RBI single, a hit batter, another walk and then three straight hits with a Knight error. The defensive highlight came when third baseman Colin Leiting leaped to catch a pop up in foul territory at the fence.
The Knights pushed one run across in the bottom of the sixth as Dyhrkopp reached base on a dropped third strike and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Nissen.
However, the Thunder added two more runs in the seventh.
The Knights came up with two runs when Andrews was hit by a pitch, went to second and third on consecutive passed ball and scored when Gunderson grounded out to short.
With two outs, Colin Leiting drew a walk, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Dyhrkopp.
The Knights loaded the bases but the game ended on a strikeout.
Results from game two were unavailable at press time.