Ha­zle­ton edges Knights in ninth

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By An­drew Mar­cus

If you pull out some grass DnG OHW LW fly, WKH GLrHFWLRn LW takes will tell you what kind of day it is go­ing to be at the 1RrWK 3Hnn EDsHEDOO fiHOG. Wind is al­ways go­ing to play a fac­tor at the Knights’ home turf and on Thurs­day no grass ex­per­i­ment was needed to tell if the ball was go­ing to travel well.

Af­ter nine in­nings it turned out the ball trav­eled too well as Ha­zle­ton hung on for the 8-6 non-league win. The Cougars con­nected on 14 hits and scored two un­earned runs in the ninth in­ning to negate the Knights’ best come­back ef­fort.

“If we score six runs we should be able to win a lot of games,” Knights coach Kevin Manero said. “We had a lit­tle trou­ble with com­mand early and a few phys­i­cal mis­takes late. Some­times you need a game like this to re­mind you there still work to do.”

The Knights never wasted an at-bat, and though they came out on the wrong side of the con­test, they forced the Cougars to play a few ex­tra in­nings to earn the vic­tory. The Knights trailed 5-1 early but never stopped swing­ing.

“We are get­ting good ag­gres­sive swings at good pitches to hit,” Manero said. “I like to see the guys swing­ing hard and be­ing ag­gres­sive. We have some guys that can hit.”

Knights’ catcher Ed­die Posavec put a charge into a third in­ning of­fer­ing, which in turn put a charge into his team­mates. The se­nior sent a ball deep over the new fence. Se­nior Brady West also tested out the new di­men­sions by lac­ing a line drive over WKH OHIW fiHOG wDOO WwR Ln­nings later. The pair of long balls brought the Knights within a run.

“lnce we scored a cou­ple runs on Ed­die’s homer, I think the mo­men­tum switched,” West said. “I got a fast­ball out over the plate, I tried to put a good swing on it, and it went out. ln a day like to­day when the wind is blow­ing out, this is a hit­ter’s park.”

While the Knights fought back with the bats, right- han­der ay­lan Bo­rawski calmed down the Cougars at­tack. Af­ter nine hits off the Knights’ starter, Bo­rawski came in and pitched three score­less in­nings. He was in line for the win af­ter West’s sDFrL­fiFH fly SuW WKH .nLJKWs on top 6-5 in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning.

“We got a cou­ple shut­down in­nings from ay­lan and he put us in a po­si­tion to win,” West said. “We SrDFWLFH KLWWLnJ D fly EDOO with bases loaded and I was able to get the run in. Coach works on si­t­u­a­tional hit­ting all of the time and it really helps us.”

The Cougars forced ex­tra in­nings on a sin­gle by catcher Tony Craig and the

Knights never could come up with one more clutch hit as they left the bases loaded in the sev­enth and eighth in­nings. While a win was pre­ferred, a chance to see sit­u­a­tions you can­not du­pli­cate in SrDFWLFH PDdH LW D EHnH­fiFLDO ball­game. The chal­leng­ing non-league sched­ule Manero put to­gether should have Knights ready for the up­com­ing Sub­ur­ban lne Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion.

“lf­fen­sively we are putting to­gether good at-bats,” Manero said. “We have seen some good pitch­ing in scrim­mages and in to­day’s game. This is the time to fiJurH RuW wKDW wH nHHd WR work on. This is go­ing to make us bet­ter.”

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