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Knights JH Baseball Win First Regional Championship

#11 Coye Grant an eighth grader on the ALAH jr. high baseball team slides safely into second base in the Regional championship game against the Sullivan Redskins. The game was played on Monday, September 19.

Wednesday, September 14, the Knights started off their regional tournament at home against Champaign Holy Cross. It was a quick game for the Knights as they won 15-0 in three innings. The Knights had a big day offensively with fifteen runs on thirteen hits. John Williams led the Knights offensively going three for three and four stolen bases. Marcus Otto, Max Boddy and Landen Franklin all had two hits each. Kody Burdick was one for three with a triple and 4 RBI’s. Donovan Vanausdoll, Preston Gingerich and Josh Taylor had a hit in the game for the Knights. Max Boddy was on the mound for the Knights. Boddy pitched all three innings, striking out six and walking one while only pitching thirty-three pitches in the game.

Second round of regionals for the Knights was on Saturday 09/17. They beat the Villa Grove Blue Devils 3-1 to advance to the Regional Championship game. The game was a pitching dual between both teams. The Knights were led by Marcus Otto on the mound for five innings with John Williams coming in relief for the last two innings. Otto was strong for the whole five innings with eight strikes outs while only allowing two hits. Williams added two strikeouts and allow only one hit in this two innings of pitching. The Knights had a good game offensively with seven hits on the day. Otto led the team going two for three with two stolen bases. Max Boddy was one for three with a triple. Donovan Vanausdoll, Kody Burdick, Coye Grant and Jansen Burnett each had a hit in the game to help the Knights to win.

The Knights took on the Sullivan Redskins for the Regional Championship on Monday, September 19 in Sullivan. The Knights came away victorious to win their first Regional Championship of the JH Baseball Program to advance to the Sectional Championship in St. Joseph. It was a hard fought game between both teams. The Knights defeated the Redskins 3-1. The Knights had five hits on the night with John Williams leading the way, going two for three. Kody Burdick, Coye Grant and Landen Franklin all had one hit in the game. Max Boddy led the Knights on the mound with a strong pitching performance. Boddy pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing only three hits and walking only one batter. The Knights played a strong game defensively.

The Knights played in the Sectional Championship last Saturday, September 24 in St. Joseph against the St. Joseph Panthers. Unfortunately, the Knights didn’t come away with the win. The Knights lost 4-2 to the Panthers. They managed only two hits in the game with Max Boddy and Coye Grant producing one hit each. Boddy started on the mound for the Knights pitching four innings, striking out three and allowing only four hits. Marcus Otto came in relief on the mound pitching two innings, striking out three and giving up only one hit.

The Knights finished the season with a record of 13-7 winning the conference and a Regional Championship.

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