Baseball Knights Take A Loss In OTHS Tourney

Chris Bridges aims for the strike zone during Saturday’s game against Columbia. (Photo by Steve Rensberry)

By Steve Rensberry, Editor

The Triad baseball team took on Columbia on May 3 in varsity action at the school in the O’Fallon Township High School tourney, and Normal University on May 4, but took an loss on both nights.

The Knights took home 3 runs on Friday to Normal’s 8, with Normal scoring 2 runs in the first, one in the fifth, and five in the seventh.

Good pitching by Normal held the team off until the seventh inning, when the Knights brought home three runs, but the game by then was a wrap.

Game stats show Triad on Friday with two hits, two walks, and three RBIs, compared to Normal’s 14 hits, 17 walks, and 4 RBIs.

Triad Head Coach Jesse Bugger cited pitching as a deciding factor on both nights.

On Saturday, the Knights held Columbia to just 1 run, but struggled to break through, with just 2 hits to Normal’s 14.

“Pitching was the story of the weekend,” Bugger said. “The kid from Normal U was talented and really attacked the strike zone all day. He is committed to Northwestern.”

The Knights gave up just one walk against Columbia, and nailed down 9 strikeouts in 7 innings.

“On Saturday, we knew we would have our hands full with Wilhelm from Columbia,” Bugger said. “He has excellent movement on all his pitches. We had a few opportunities but couldn’t cash in. Against quality pitchers, missed opportunities are a killer because they just don’t give you many. All of these experiences should add up in our preparation for the post season.”

Triad pitcher Chris Bridges, who Bugger said was excellent on Saturday, giving up just one unearned run in 6 innings.

“He has proved he can be counted on out of the pen, and now as a starter,” he said. “Both positives heading to the playoffs.”

The Varsity Knights were set to play St. John Vianney HS on Tuesday of this week, Highland High School on Wednesday, Belleville East on May 10, and Alton on May 13.

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