by Gary Andrews
The Southwood baseball team got on the field Saturday for their first sectional action, taking on the host Lewis Cass. The Knights wasted no time letting everyone know they meant business, scoring four runs in the first inning in route to a 9-1 win over the Kings. The Knights will play Oak Hill for the sectional title Monday.
The Knights were the visitors on the scoreboard and got busy early. With one out in the top of the first Nathan Hollars drew a walk, then stole second. After a fly out Christian Deeter and Jacob Lloyd drew walks to load the bases with two outs. Brandin Frazier then singled home Hollars to make it 1-0 and was followed by a three run Brennan Kelly double to take a 4-0 lead. Cass would get their one and only run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1.
In the top of the second Hollars would single with one out, advancing to third on a botched pick off throw. Robbie Cole then ripped a triple to score Hollars with Lloyd singling home Cole for a 6-1 lead. Frazier would single to put runners on first and second before a fly ball ended the inning. Left fielder Matt cox got the bottom of the inning started right with a diving catch.
The Knights couldn’t plate a run in the third, but did get a single from Jackson Blair.
Robbie Cole got the 4th inning started reaching on an error and promptly stole second. After a wild pitch moved Cole to third, Christian Deeter singled home Cole for a 7-1 lead. The Knights would threaten for more with singles from Lloyd and Kelly loaded the bases with one out. The Kings got a force out at home on a grounder before getting the third out on a ground ball. The other freshman in the outfieled, Zach Ball made a diving catch to start the bottom of the 4th.
In the 5th Jackson Blair would lead off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-1. In the bottom of the inning the Kings got two consecutive singles to start the inning to put runners on first and second, but the Knight defense came up huge. Third baseman Brandin Frazier would make a great play, fielding a one hopper and stepping on third for the force then firing a laser to first for a double play. First baseman Brennan Kelly would then make a diving stop on a hard hit ground ball between first and second, beating the runner to the bag for the third out.
Dustin Curless was the Knight offense in the 6th. Curless drew a one out walk and advance to second on a ground out. Curless would then steal third and score on the over throw to make it 9-1. Cass would get two singles in the bottom of the inning with Cole pitching his way out of it.
The Knights did get a double from Hollars in the 7th, but couldn’t plate a run and were three outs from advancing to the sectional championship. In the bottom of the inning Cole struck out the first batter, but gave up a triple to the second and was relieved by Brennan Kelly. The next batter would hit grounder to third with Frazier catching the runner on third in a rundown to get the second out with the hitter going to second. After a passed ball Kelly would walk the next batter to put runners on first and third, before picking off the runner at first to end the threat and the game, 9-1.
With his 2 hits, senior Jackson Blair set a new school record with 40 hits in a season.