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Baseball Knights take on busy stretch

By Anthony Jones

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TROY — While classes were out for spring break at Triad High School last week, Triad baseball remained busy.

The Knights, who entered the busy slate with a 4-1 record, played five games across a six day period.

Their action-packed lineup began on Mar. 25 with a trip to Mater Dei. There, the Knights left with a 19-6 win in an offensive fireworks show.

Triad amassed eight home runs in the lambasting, including three from Carter Vandever. Sawyer Brunson, Hayden Bugger, Brady Coon, Owen Droy and Wyatt Suter also contributed to the home run derby.

Nathan Klucker served three and a third innings without an earned run to aid the Knights in their comeback effort after trailing 6-4 after two frames.

The following afternoon, the Knights returned to their home site against Fort Zumwalt East. With five consecutive wins, the Lions had amassed a 5-1 mark prior to their visit to Troy.

Triad scored early and often in a taming of their Missouri-based foes.

In the first frame, the Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Their early run support for Brady Coon featured a pair of two-out, RBI doubles from Landon Loomis and Gabe Deaver.

Coon added a run of his own in the second, as a Hayden Bernreuter double scored him from second base.

In his next trip to the mound, Coon would strike out the Fort Zumwalt East side. His three strikeout outing would ultimately be part of a five strikeout and a seven consecutive out streak for the SIUE-commit.

“Brady was very good today. He attacked the strike zone, got ahead in counts and was able to command all his pitches that he wanted to,” Coach Jesse Bugger reported on his ace of the day.

Triad’s next offensive jolt came in the bottom of the third, as Bradley Weber, Suter and Coon would load the bases with no outs. With a double that blasted off the outfield fence, Vandever would clear the bases and open the home side’s advantage to 7-0.

Across the next two innings, the Knights would amass seven more runs. Their offensive production, largely fueled by home runs in the fourth and fifth frames from Suter, would lead to a short-game victory in a 14-4 final.

Coach Bugger was left happy as his team amassed 33 runs over the two day stretch, “We’ve been swinging it pretty well and I think that’s the kind of team we are. We’ve obviously got some things to clean up, but we’re pretty excited about where we’re at right now.”

The toll of the busy week would begin showing signs of toll on Triad two days later with a 9-5 defeat to Wheaton Warrenville South. That defeat dropped the home team to 6-2 on the season.

Closing out the week, the Knights saw doubleheader action Mar. 30 at Salem.

Against the hosting Wildcats, Triad dropped their first contests in 8-6 fashion. Immediately afterwards, they fell by the same tally to Belleville West.

Wyatt Suter is greeted after a third home run in two days. (Photo by Anthony Jones)

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