King’s bats come up short against Cedar Park Christian | Baseball

Knights record their first-ever win over the Wildcats
By David Pan | Apr 26, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s A.J. Knorr takes a swing at a pitch during a Cascade Conference game against Archbishop Murphy Wednesday, April 18.

King’s didn’t get the hits it needed against Cedar Park Christian (Bothell).

The Eagles edged the Knights 3-0 and 2-1 in Cascade Conference baseball action last week.

As a result, King’s (6-8 in the league, 7-11 overall) started the final week of the regular season with its Bi-District playoff seeding still unresolved. Depending on how South Whidbey fares this week, the Friday, April 27 clash between the Knights and the Falcons might determine who earns the No. 2 seed and who will be the No. 3 seed.

The No. 2 seed will take on the Emerald City’s No. 2 seed, while the No. 3 seed faces the Northwest Conference top seed.

“We had two close games against Cedar Park Christian,” King’s coach Jake Beattiger said. “A win would have been nice.”

Junior Jared Boscacci put King’s in a position to win in the series opener, allowing only three runs.

“He threw really well,” Beattiger said. “We just struggled offensively. Our pitching was really solid. We couldn’t muster much offense.”

Sophomore Elisha Sergeant had all three of the Knights’ hits.

“Three hits is not going to win you many ballgames,” Beattiger said. “You’ve got to tip your cap to their pitcher. He had nine strikeouts. He shut us down.”

Sophomore A.J. Knorr delivered another solid pitching performance in a 2-1 loss to Cedar Park Christian on Monday, April 23. Knorr allowed five hits and struck out 12 in a complete-game effort.

“He threw a gem,” Beattiger said.

The Knights had scoring opportunities during Monday’s contest but only mustered one run.

King’s was coming off a series split with Archbishop Murphy. The Knights recorded their first-ever victory over the Wildcats, 6-4, on Monday, April 16.

Knorr pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of starter Ben Edwards.

“Our plan was to bring A.J. in,” Beattiger said. “We kept the game close. … A.J. finished the game.”

Knorr, who has four of King’s six wins, struck out six.

With the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the third, the Knights took advantage of an Archbishop Murphy error to push across two runs to take a 5-3 lead.

The Wildcats scored a run in the fourth to cut the King’s lead to 5-4 before the Knights tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, after another Wildcat error.

“We took advantage of some miscues. We put the ball in play and good things happened,” Beattiger said. “We also had some timely hits.”

Keenan Schott, Ethan Britt and Sergeant each drove in a run for King’s.

Archbishop Murphy exacted a little payback in a 19-1 rout on Wednesday, April 18.

The Knights wrap up the regular season on Friday at South Whidbey High School and will begin play in the Bi-District tournament as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed on Friday, May 5 at Sehome High School or Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham.

“Our guys are getting better,” Beattiger said. “One pitch here. We’re one play away from a couple of more wins.”

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