King’s playoff prospects boosted by 3-game winning streak | Baseball

Knights sweep Tigers, knock off Falcons
By David Pan | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Logan Marshall-Inman pitches to South Whidbey.

King’s appears to have found its stride

The young Knights, who do not have a single senior on the roster, have strung together their most impressive winning streak in two years.

King’s overpowered Granite Falls – 17-0 and 9-1 – and then edged South Whidbey 5-3 in Cascade Conference baseball action.

Knights coach Jake Beattiger said two factors have played into King’s recent successes.

“I think it’s a combination of some hard work paying off where our players are starting to gel and come together as a team,” Beattiger said.

The Knights coach also acknowledged that Granite Falls is a team that struggled this season. The Tigers are 0-11 overall and have been outscored 138-23 this season.

Still the victory over the Falcons on Wednesday, April 4, at Shorewood High School shows that the Knights (3-5 in the league, 4-8 overall) are legitimate playoff contenders.

“It was a battle, back and forth,” Beattiger said. “We used four pitchers in a 5-3 game. That’s a lot of pitchers. When one guy started to struggle, we put in another guy. It was a big team effort.”

A.J. Knorr pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs, no hits and striking out five. South Whidbey’s starter started to tire and the Knights took advantage in the sixth inning.

Tyler Durbin drove in two runs with a double for the go-ahead runs.

“That’s huge,” Beattiger said. “We capitalized on a couple of walks and a clutch hit by Tyler.”

Knorr also pitched a complete-game in the 17-0 victory over Granite Falls on Friday, March 30. He allowed only two hits and struck out nine.

Durbin struck out eight in another complete-game performance in the 9-1 win over the Tigers on Monday, April 2.

“He threw a gem. He mowed them down,” Beattiger said of Durbin’s performance.

The Knights hope to sustain their recent momentum against Sultan at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at Shorewood High School. King’s is looking for wins to help solidify a possible postseason berth.

“It’s playoff time,” Beattiger said. “This is a big week.”

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