The Knights kicked off the spring baseball season with a 3-1 victory over the Nebraska City Pioneers on March 18. Putting up three runs on six hits with three errors, while the Pioneers put just one run on four hits with one error, the Knights earned their first win on their home field.
The pitching staff led the charge as Brennan McMahon ‘21 racked up eight strikeouts in six and a third innings. Followed by the closer Eric Kaps ‘22 who struck out two in two thirds of an inning.
The Knights did face trouble at the top of the first when the Pioneers managed to get a runner on first and third with only one out, but McMahon composed himself and sat down the next two batters.
The scoring did not start until the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Nate Buresh ‘22, earned his first hit as a varsity player with a lead off triple, Buresh was then driven in by the designated hitter, Kaps, the next at bat.
“It felt really good to get that first hit of my varsity career,” Buresh said. “I have been working for this since I was a freshman, and it is nice to see my hard work paying off.”
Buresh hopes to be a key part of the team and make contributions for a push to make the state tournament.
In the top of the fifth inning, right fielder Cameron Elshire, of the Pioneers scored on a passed ball that tied the game up at one apiece.
After McMahon picked a runner off at first base in the top of the sixth inning, the Knights had a successful bottom half of the inning. Buresh led off with a single immediately followed by a single from McMahon. Pinch runner, Ben Tucker ‘21, took over for McMahon on the base paths as a pinch runner and later scored on a wild pitch.
Second baseman, Max Vossen ‘22, then earned an RBI single as Buresh scored and Tucker advanced to third. On the next pitch, Vossen then stole second.
After a little over six innings, McMahon was replaced by Kaps in the top of the seventh after recording one out. Kaps did his job as closer and retired two more Pioneers without giving up a run, giving the Knights a victory in their first game of the spring season.
“Our goal was to come out, play clean and win,” head coach Tom Swanson ‘01 said. “I was pleased with how McMahon pitched and our clean defense.”
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