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Baseball Knights Drop Home Game 9-6

Triad’s Jordan Donato warms up as he prepares to make a relief appearance in a recent game in Alton. Looking on are infielders Zach Tonn, Hunter Smith, Hunter Boyd and Evan Anderson. (Photo J. W. Campbell)

By J.W. Campbell, Sportswriter

On Thursday, March 28 the Knights suffered a late game hiccup that resulted in a 9-6 loss to Wheaton Warrenville South at Triad High School.

The Knights and the Wheaton-Warrenville Tigers were tied 3-3 after three and a half innings before Triad outscored the visitors 3-1 in the fourth inning to grab a 6-3 edge. That advantage, however, was short lived. Wheaton struck for five runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth to claim a 9-6 victory.

Nolan McGowen led the Knights offense. He tripled, scored a run and drove in a run in four plate appearances. Caleb Goforth chipped in with a double, a run scored and two RBIs in four at bats. Hunter Boyd garnered two hits and two runs scored in the contest.

Hunter Smith, Drew Parres and Zach Tonn each had a hit for the Knights against the Tigers.

Four Triad pitchers gave up seven earned runs on nine hits and six walks. The only Knight hurler that was not scored on was Jordan Donato, who threw one inning allowing one runner on a walk.

Five Tiger hitters went down on strikes against Triad pitching.

Rain cancelled the Knights games against Belleville West and Salem, set for Salem on Saturday, March 30.

The Knights have lost four in a row and are 1-6 on the season.  Triad was looking to get back into the win column on Wednesday, April 3 when they were slated to face the Centralia Orphans in Centralia. The results of that game were not available at press time.

The Centralia game is part of a busy week that has the Knights playing five games in seven days. On Friday, April 5, the team is scheduled to host the Wesclin Warriors before taking on the Granite City Warriors in a Saturday doubleheader in Troy.

Mississippi Valley Conference action starts for Triad on Monday, April 8 when the Civic Memorial Eagles come to town. Then on Wednesday, April 10, Jerseyville pays a visit to Troy for a league clash.

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