Knights knock around Northeastern

By Zach Gregory Staff Writer

April 15, 2014

DAYTON — Greenon has had solid pitching all season, but it was their bats that solidified their win over the weekend. They were able to get the most hits they’ve had all season in a 6-2 win over the Springfield Northeastern Jets, Saturday at Fifth Third Field.

The Knights started off hot, getting four hits and three runs in the opening inning. Senior Dustin Reynolds was able to drive in Caleb Wilson with a double to left field, and Andrew Hinton scored on Shawn Hubbard’s sacrifice fly. Reynolds was batted in by shortstop Chris Winters. Greenon had nine hits in the game.

“We’ve been working on hitting,” said coach Dan Young. “Our indoor access has been limited, so we’ve been behind. We’ve been outside this week and we had some guys pitch to us, and it really helped us.”

Greenon (2-3) had a bit of a cold spell, getting just two hits in the next four innings, but their pitching helped them maintain the lead. Senior James Schroeder was at the mound and pitched the entire game. He had just one strikeout, but only allowed one earned run.

“I saw a great pitched game. James had thrown great all year,” said Young. “Andrew Hinton, the catcher, has called great games. We haven’t given up many earned runs all season.”

The Jets started to heat up starting in the third inning. They had seven hits in the final five innings and scored in the fifth, putting some pressure on the Knights. Greenon responded in the top of the sixth with three runs on two hits. Trent Seitz batted in two runners with a double to center field.

“We just had to field the ball. And they tacked that run on, right when we came out in the fifth. We put three out and it kind of knocked the wind out of them,” said Young.

Greenon returns to the baseball field when they host Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan at 5 p.m. today at Greenon High School.