Knights fall in extras
EVERLY – With two out and the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, it appeared as though the Graettinger/Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire Knights would get another inning to try to plate a runner in their second round match-up with Clay Central-Everly on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Knights, Mavericks catcher Evan McCarty’s ensuing bases-loaded hit to left field fell just out of the reach of an outstretched Jeremiah Andrews, plating Austin Klett to end the game, 9-8.
The Knights held the advantage for the majority of the game as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead following the top half of the opening inning before CC-E tied things up with a three-run bottom half.
G/T-R-A grabbed another lead in the top of the third as singles by Taylor Harris, Ryan Sikora and Mark Geelan drove in two runs to put the Knights up 5-3.
The Knights then extended their lead in the fourth thanks to three Maverick errors and a single by Andrews, plating two more runs before CC-E got one back in the bottom half to make the score 7-4.
After being blanked in the top of the fifth, the Knights and starting pitcher Geelan struggled in the bottom half as the Mavericks rallied with two out, scoring three runs on four base hits to tie the game yet again. Geelan was replaced by Cody Dyhrkopp, who struck out the final batter to stop the bleeding with the score knotted at 7-7.
Andrews led the top half of the sixth off with a single before a walk to Dyhrkopp and an error loaded the bases. A walk to Harris brought in Andrews to give the Knights a one-run lead, unfortunately the Knights weren’t able to capitalize as Ryan Sikora grounded into a 1-2-3 double play before Mitch Girres struck out to end the threat.
Down one run in the bottom of the seventh McCarty jacked a lead off double on the first pitch of the inning. The following batter then grounded out to third baseman Quinn Parker. Following the throw to first, McCarty took off for third and unfortunately for the Knights, first baseman Geelan’s throw was too high and McCarty came around to send the game into extra innings.
Dyhrkopp earned the loss on the mound for the Knights who end their season with a 11-10 overall mark. The senior was 1-3 on the night with two runs scored.
Harris was 2-3 with two runs scored, Sikora was 2-3 with three RBI, Geelan was 1-2 with an RBI and Andrews was 2-4 with two runs scored.
The Knights say good bye to seniors Cody Dyhrkopp, Ryan Sikora, Mark Geelan and Taylor Harris.