Knights surging, record series sweep over Coupeville | Baseball

By David Pan | Apr 11, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Isaac Hines struck out 10 batters in an 8-0 win over Coupeville.

King’s made history by recording its first-ever series sweep last week.

The Knights defeated Coupeville 5-0, 3-2 and 8-0 in North Sound Conference baseball action.

Senior pitcher Isaac Hines struck out 10 in a complete-game performance in Friday’s 8-0 victory at Shorewood High School. Hines has been in the program for four years and seen some lean times.

“Two years ago, we were 1-19. Last year we only had eight wins,” he said. “To get a series sweep feels really good.”

Hines said he kept pounding the strike zone all night with mostly his fastball. Earlier in the week, junior Tyler Durbin struck out 14 in the 5-0 series opening win on Monday, April 1 and freshman Gibby Marshall-Inman allowed no runs and struck out eight in five innings of work in the 3-2 win on Wednesday, April 3.

“All of our pitchers have thrown really well,” King’s coach Jake Beattiger said. “They’re being aggressive against hitters. They really had command of their pitches.”

The Knights were coming off a disappointing series against South Whidbey in which they lost two out of the three games by one run. King’s had the lead in both contests.

“That was tough,” Beattiger said. “We finally realized we need to step it up and this week we decided to come out and play hard. The offense and defense played really well.”

Durbin relied on his defense.

“When I missed a spot and someone hit a ball, my teammates were right there to back me up,” he said.

Durbin added that he thinks King’s defense is really what is helping to jumpstart the offense.

“A good 1-2-3 inning is really a good spark, a beginning to the next hitting session,” Durbin said. “You get in and out. Nothing is better than in and out and getting back to the plate to go hit.”

Hines, Marshall-Inman and Durbin also have been big contributors on the offensive end. The three combined for 20-plus hits against the Wolves.

“Those three guys have kind of been the top of the order,” Beattiger said. “They set the table for us. … It was a big week for us.”

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