by Gary Andrews
The Southwood varsity baseball took the cold ride to Peru Saturday to battle the Tigers in a double header. With pitching dominating game one and offense in game two, Peru took two from the Knights 5-1 and 14-13.
Jackson Blair was on the mound in game one, giving up just 2 hits and 2 earned runs in five innings while striking out 7, but the Knight offense just could not get to the Peru pitching.
Robbie Cole went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Jackson Blair was 0 for 1, drawing 3 walks. Nathan Hollars had 1 RBI.
"Jackson gave us a solid start, we played solid defense and had runners on all game. We just couldn't push runs across. Prinerano from Peru was dominant on the mound,” said Coach Holtzleiter.
In game two the Knights had no problem plating runs, but neither did Peru. Southwood scored in every inning except the fifth in the 14-13 loss.
The Knights used a foursome of pitching. Matt Porter, Kyle Weaver, Colin Gouveia and Nathan Hollars all saw action. Knight pitching being the downfall earned ten of the fourteen Peru runs, with ten walks.
Jackson Blair went 1 for 4 with 1 double, 1 triple and a walk. Robbie Cole was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and scored twice. Luke Elliott was 1 for 4, driving in 3. Jacob Lloyd scored twice and had 2 RBIs.
"We played well offensively. We just walked to many batters. This is a game we have to learn to win if we are going to develop into a championship level team,” added Coach Holtzleiter.