Young Knights continuing to make progress | Baseball

By David Pan | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: David Pan King’s Avery Hamann throws to first base during a nonconference game against Ingraham at Shorewood High School.

month into the season, the King’s baseball team is taking its lumps.

That’s not a surprise considering the Knights are fielding a team composed entirely of sophomores and freshmen.

“With our freshmen and sophomores we expected to be in a rebuilding phase,” King’s coach Jake Beattiger said.

After getting shut out for four games dating back to last month, the Knights’ offense generated some runs last week.

The Knights lost 13-3 to Sultan in a Cascade Conference game on Thursday, April 13 and fell 12-1 to Ingraham in a nonconference contest on Wednesday, April. 12. The Knights have been shut out eight times.

“Offensively, we’ve struggled to score runs this year,” Beattiger said. “We’re really young. The pitching staffs we’ve faced have had a lot of juniors and seniors.”

King’s lone victory of the season was 3-1 over Cedarcrest in late March.

Sophomore Tyler Durbin threw a complete game to lead the Knights (1-10 in the league, 1-14 overall).

“He threw a really good game,” Beattiger said. “He’s been our top pitcher. … Tyler has been a standout player.”

Durbin is leading the Knights with his bat with an average of .345 and plays at first base and catcher when he’s not on the mound.

Hitting behind Durbin and providing some power in the lineup is sophomore third baseman Avery Hamann.

The team’s leader on defense is sophomore shortstop Isaac Hines, who shifted from second base.

“He’s growing at the position,” Beattiger said. “The scores don’t show where you’re at. Definitely since the start of the season, every day we’ve improved. Even if the scores are kind of high, the kids are finding out what it takes to play varsity baseball.”

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