Knights keep battling during a tough week of losses | Baseball

By David Pan | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Michael Cooper pitches against Glacier Peak.

Kamiak played with a lot of heart in a game that appeared to be out of hand.

The Knights trailed Glacier Peak 10-1 after three innings in a Wesco 4A baseball contest.

With the possibility of a shortened game due to the 10-run mercy rule, Kamiak rallied for three runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and two more in the seventh before eventually falling 16-12 Tuesday, April 17, at Glacier Peak High School.

“We showed resiliency in battling back,” Kamiak coach Kevin Agnew said.

Sophomore Andrew Stupey was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run, and sophomore AJ Riley was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Junior Alex Ripke drove in two runs and also scored twice. Kamiak took advantage of five Grizzly errors.

The week didn’t get any easier for Kamiak (2-7 in the league, 3-12 overall), which lost 5-1 to Glacier Peak on Wednesday, April 18 and then saw Jackson pound out a 15-3 victory on Friday, April 20.

“Glacier Peak and Jackson are just good clubs,” Agnew said. “We battled. We ran into tough teams.”

The Grizzlies and Timberwolves had the edge in experience with both lineups dominated by seniors. The Knights have only two players with significant varsity experience.

“Some days you run into a tough pitcher. Some days you run into a good lineup,” Agnew said. “We made a few key mistakes and they took advantage. A lot of that has to do with youth and inexperience. Hopefully, they are lessons we’ve learned.”

Senior Morgan White allowed five runs in five innings in the second Glacier Peak game. Junior Bryce Coté pitched two innings of scoreless relief.

Kamiak wrapped up the week with a 7-6 loss to Bishop Blanchet in a nonconference game Saturday, April 21. The Knights trailed 7-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and responded with three runs.

“We could have easily come out and laid down,” Agnew said. “We had some guys who haven’t thrown for a while come in and they threw really well. We were right in that game at the end.”

Coté was 2-for-4 two doubles, three RBI and a run and senior Greg Marshall was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

“I think over the last couple of weeks our bats have been better,” Agnew said. “We’ve been getting six, seven hits a game. They just haven’t been coming at the right time.”

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