Valley Out Last Knights

The Southwood baseball team would start slow and end strong, falling short to Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday 10-6.

Valley would score a run in the top of the first with Knight starting pitcher Jackson Blair working out of a jam. Tanner Andrews would walk to start the game. After a strike out James Hackworth walked and was followed by a Knight error to load the bases. Kameron Larimer would hit a sac fly to score the first run to lead 1-0. Blair would strike out the next batter to get out of the inning. The Knights would threaten in the bottom of the inning with Tim Duell trying to score on a Dustin Curless single and being thrown out at the plate.

In the top of the fourth and still 1-0, Valley would score their second run. Jarred Littlejohn would reach in a catchers interference call and was followed by a Dan Miller walk. The Vikings would score on a sac fly to lead 2-0. In the bottom of the inning the Knights would get even. Colin Gouveia and Jacob Lloyd would reach on errors. Nathan Hollars would then single home pinch runner Brandon Simpson to make it 2-1. After a run down out, Tim Duell would single home the second run to tie the score at 2.

The Vikings would start the fifth with three straight hits. Clayton Adamson would double and was knocked home by a James Hackworth single, making it 3-2. Another Viking single would make it 4-2. A Southwood error and a fielders choice scored two more runs to increase the margin to 6-2.

In the sixth Tanner Andrews would reach on a Knight error and advance to third on a bad throw. Andrews would score on a ground ball, 7-2. Hackworth would then hit one to deep center that tipped off Jackson Blair’s glove and over the fence for a home run, making it 8-2.

Jarred Littlejohn and Dan Miller would drive home runs for Valley in the seventh to make it 10-2 with the Knights coming to bat. One walk sandwiched between two hit batters loaded the bases with no outs. Jackson Blair would line a shot down the left field line to drive in two and make it 10-4. Matt Porter walked to load the bases again, then Colin Gouveia would walk to bring in a run. The final run came on a Jacob Lloyd fly ball to make it 10-6 before the Knight rally stalled.

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