Knights unable to hold back Eagles
SWEA CITY – Graettinger/Terril had No. 14 North Sentral Kossuth on the ropes after four innings.
However, the Eagles bats suddenly came alive as the the Knights’ defense began to struggle.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the fifth inning, NSK suddenly scored six runs and then cruised to a 12-4 victory on Wednesday.
“We did a nice job defensively to start,” said G/T coach Jana Hector. “They had runners on second and third in the first inning and we held them.”
Offensively, G/T started well as Liz Sparks drew a walk and stole second. A double by Theresa Petersen put runners at second and third bases with Leah Flaharty delivering a two-RBI single up the middle.
Flaharty moved to second on the throw home and Tasha Neilson followed with an RBI single as the Knights took a 3-0 lead.
NSK came back with two runs in the top of the second inning and then neither team scored until the Eagles’ six-run fifth inning.
Malorie Girres went the distance on the mound. She gave up 13 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Nine of the Eagles’ runs were earned.
At the plate, Flaharty was 2-3 with two RBIs and a run, Mart was 2-4 and Sparks was 1-3 and scored twice. Petersen and Neilson were both 1-4 while Nikki Brown was 1-1.
The Knights end the season with a 9-14 record overall. They finished fourth in the Cornbelt Conference behind the league’s three rated teams-No. 1 Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka, No. 12 Armstrong-Ringsted and No. 14 North Sentral Kossuth
The only loss to graduation is senior catcher Jennie Mart.
NSK020 063 1 – 12 13 1
G/T300 010 0 – 4 8 6
NSK – Blome (WP) and Vaske. G/T – Girres (LP) and Mart. 2B – Petersen.