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By David Sharp
Knox County scored in each of the final three innings of their March 29, 2021 varsity baseball contest with Hannibal. The Eagles overcame a three run deficit for an 8-4 victory.
Chance Lovett and Braysen Douglas delivered Pirate hits during a three run third inning. Douglas doubled two runs home for Hannibal.
Knox County answered with a two run top half of inning three. Nick Hamlin led off with a hit and scored. Conner Hayes singled but was erased in a five unassisted double play. Rylan Roberts had a hit and scored on a Braydon Miller double.
Hannibal had base runners in their third inning but failed to score. The Pirates led 3-2 after three full innings. Both teams had runners in the fourth inning but could not score.
Conner Hayes led off the Knox County fifth inning with a hit. Hayes stole third base and scored on Rylan Roberts’ RBI ground out. The game stood tied at three runs each after five innings.
The Eagles took a two run lead with a pair of sixth inning scores. Knox County drew five walks scoring Robert Dooley and Braxton McCurren. Aaris Stolte drove in a run with a Hannibal hit in the bottom half of inning six for a 5-4 Eagle lead.
Robert Dooley started off a three run rally with a one out, seventh inning hit. Blake Parrish stroked a two out single. Branson Miller was hit by a pitch. All three Eagle runners scored. Nick Hamlin had a base hit. Conner Hayes and Isaac McCurren drew walks.
Tanner VanWinkle drew a two out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning. A strikeout ended the game with an 8-4 Knox County win.
The Eagles scored eight runs on ten hits. Nick Hamlin was 2-3 for the Eagles with two RBI’s and a run scored. Blake Parrish was 2-4 with a run scored and another batted in. Rylan Roberts had a hit and two RBI’s. Conner Hayes was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Blake Parrish and Rylan Roberts pitched for Knox County. Roberts went 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks on two hits. Roberts was charged with one earned run and picked up the win on the mound.
Blake Parrish pitched two and a third innings. Parrish fanned two batters with two walks on four hits and three runs.
Hannibal scored four runs on six hits. Kane Wilson was 2-3 at bat for Hannibal. Alex Friday pitched four Pirate innings. Friday allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Aneyas Williams went an inning and a third with two strikeouts and five walks on no hits and two runs. Braysen Douglas tossed an inning and two thirds with three strikeouts, three runs on three hits and two walks.