The Southwood baseball team played host to Manchester in a key TRC match up Wednesday. In a game with two explosive offenses, two pitchers dominated as Gabe Lloyd and the Knights defeated Hunter Boughman and the Squires 2-1.
Neither team would have a hit through three innings before the Squires broke the ice in the top of the fourth. Grant Strobel would lay down a bunt single with no outs before Llloyd struck out the next batter. The Knights would then turn a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the third Zach Ball would lead off with a double with Llloyd laying down a sac bunt to move Ball to third. Carson Blair would then ground out with Ball racing home for a 1-0 lead.
Mason Meyer would draw a lead off walk for the Squires in the fifth before the Knights got a fly out, strike out and a ground out. In the bottom of the inning Ethan Roberts would lead off laying down a bunt for a single before Cameron Ball reached on an error to put runners on first and second. With one out the Squires would attempt a ground ball double play, getting just the lead runner with Roberts racing home for the Knights second run to lead 2-0.
In the sixth Noah Beck would reach on a bunt error before a David McAtee single put runners on second and third after McAtee advanced on the throw. The Squires would then attempt a squeeze play with the pitch being missed and Beck being caught in a run down. With two outs Kane Gable would single home McAtee as the Squires cut the Knights lead to 2-1.
In the top of the seventh Boughman would hit a one out single before the Knights defense came up large. Trey McNall would hit a high foul ball between home and third in foul territory with catcher Joel Hinds and pitcher Gabe Llloyd colliding on a Llloyd catch. Llloyd turned around and fired a BB to first, doubling off Boughman to end the game.
|Gabe Lloyd (Fr)||1||0||0|
|Ethen Roberts (Jr)||2||1||1|
|Tanner Hartley (Jr)||2||0||0||1|
|Carson Blair (Jr)||3||0||0||1|
|Lucas Topliff (Jr)||2||0||0|
|Cameron Ball (So)||2||0||0|
|Zach Ball (Sr)||3||1||1||1|
|Joel Hinds (Sr)||3||0||0|
|Matt Cox (Sr)||3||0||1|
|Gabe Lloyd (Fr)||7||3||1||0||2||7|
For Manchester Hunter Boughman, David McAtee, Kane Gable & Grant Strobel each had a hit. Gable added an rbi. Boughman allowed the Knights just 3 hits.