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Knightstown All-Stars Didn't Bring 'A' Game Into Pool Play
July 30, 2008 - The Knightstown all-stars pretty much became an afterthought when they lost the first game of pool play last Wednesday to Centerville, 16-4. Another loss to Cambridge City, 10-7, followed a tough 9-7 win over Seton Catholic and resulted in the sixth seed in the tournament.
Centerville dismantled the Knightstown pitching, and offensively, the local boys managed just six hits. Drake Peggs and Travis Isaacs both scored in the first inning, but the only other offense they could muster came in the third frame when Peggs and Brock Harding both plated runs.
Spencer Mattix went 2-for-2 but was stranded on base both times. Peggs had a single and scored two runs, while Isaacs singled and scored in the first inning. Jacob Bearhope and Max Rinehart both had hits for Knightstown.
Friday Knightstown rebounded to steal a win from Seton Catholic by scoring two times in the fifth inning and adding six runs in the sixth, pulling out an improbable 9-7 win.
Luke Chapple and Dalton Engle plated runs in the fifth frame, and Knightstown then got the offensive machine going in the sixth in a dramatic rally.
Peggs led off the inning with a single. That was followed by base hits from Isaacs, Mattix and Bearhope. Logan Whitaker drew a walk and Chapple then ripped a base hit. Another single by Engle helped plate the sixth and final run of the inning, completing the comeback.
Peggs and Mattix both had two hits, Rinehart had two RBIs, and Chapple scored twice for Knightstown.
The Knightstown all-stars secured what they thought at the time they didn’t want – the last seed in the tourney – by losing to Cambridge City 10-7.
Engle, Whitaker and Rinehart handled the pitching duties, combining to give up eight hits and strike out seven batters.
Offensively, Knightstown was led by Peggs, who again went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Isaacs, Bearhope and Whitaker all hit safely, scored runs and drove home teammates.
Knightstown finished the tournament with several big guns offensively. In the five pool and tourney games, Peggs went 9-for-14 with nine runs scored. Mattix finished up going 8-for-13 with five runs scored and five RBIs.
Bearhope was 5-for-10 with six runs and four RBIs, while Isaacs went 6-for-14 with seven runs scored and two RBIs. Whitaker had four RBIs and five hits and Engle scored three runs off of three hits and had three RBIs. Chapple plated six runs and drove in four more, while Tyler Burton had four hits.
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