Thursday night Will’s Crown Knights blew open a close game in the last inning to beat perhaps the second-best
Will was again the most productive offensive player for either team, going 3-3 with a walk, two stolen bases, two RBIs, and three runs scored. He pitched the last inning, striking out three batters and hitting one. Playing shortstop, he caught two balls for outs. All this after a very long day: dressed and downstairs by 6 am, presentation at 7 am, classes until noon, then removing leaves from EIGHT yards before his 8 pm game.
The Knights faced Avery, a tough pitcher who plays for perennial class AAAA powerhouse Lassiter. In five innings Avery struck out 10 of the 29 batters he faced, allowing only three earned runs. He held Crown close, despite the nine errors his shorthanded defense committed. Two SP players left the game with injuries, and their best player had to catch, despite being left-handed.
In the top of the first Will smacked a line drive single to left to drive in Patrick from second. The ball was hit so hard that the left-fielder caught it on one hop. Will stole second and later third, but was stranded when Silas and Hunter struck out.
In the third Will helped Crown add to their lead. After
Against a new pitcher in the fifth Will didn’t get a pitch near the strike zone, and he walked on four pitches. With
Crown led 8-2, and young
With the game suddenly closer, Will warmed up to close the game. But Crown blew the game open, batting around and scoring six runs. Will drove in another run with a Texas League single. He took second on a wild pitch, then scored on Tanner’s double over the leftfielder’s head.
Patrick…BB, two SB, two runs
Will…3 hits, 3 runs, 2 SB, 2 RBI, BB
Tanner…single, double, run, 3 RBI
Silas…RBI, two BBs
Hunter…single, two RBIs
Ryan…single, run, 2 SB
Charlie V…BB, run, RBI
Charlie W…HBP, BB, SB, two runs
Saturday Will plays a doubleheader at 11 am, then Matthew follows with a 3 pm game on the same field.
This past Tuesday Crown won 7-5, scoring one run in each of the first five innings, plus two in the sixth. Playing shortstop, Will had a putout and assist. After beating out an infield single (breaking up the no-hitter), he stole second and scored on a single to center.