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Knights bats fall short in season-ending loss to Tigerhawks

July 18, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

nights fell at North Fayette Valley 4-2 in regional play.

"We actually played North Fayette Valley last year in their tournament and beat them on this same field," coach Laurie Driscol said. "We hoped to come back and do it tonight, but it just didn't happen."

The Knights got off to a quick start as Allie Driscol and Rachel Kline each scored a run in the first inning before the Tigerhawks would fire back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. For the following two innings, both defense took over the ball game, limiting hits and keeping the score tight.

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Sophomore pitcher Sarah Roberts (15) jumps for a catch in action against North Fayette Valley on Wednesday, July 10 in postseason play.

"We were right excited right off the bat and doing what we needed to win," Driscol said. "We got the ball rolling our way, but we couldn't continue it. We did have decent defense. I was pleased we got a handle on their quickness and bunting."

Yet the bats were unable to string together runs after the first inning on both sides outside of a run by the Tigerhawks in the fourth inning to take their 4-2 lead. Following the score, the defensive slugfest continued as North Fayette would on to win.

"I felt like we had some good hits here and there, but we couldn't string them together to eke a run out," Driscol said. "The bats tapered off, but our defense picked up. We weren't able to tip the scales back in our favor."

The Knights finished 6-19 on the season with another young squad consisting of seven sophomores, a freshman starter and three juniors in addition to Kayla Robb being the lone senior for the Knights.

"One thing that has plagued us all year have been errors," Driscol said. "That's one area we can take away for next year with how those errors translated into runs. If we can get those skills down to where we don't have those errors, we have a good team next year."

Robb will be the only certain departure for the team going into next year. Pitcher Sarah Roberts will return to the mound while returning their best hitting from Allie Driscol Natalie Tecklenburg and Jocelyn Gates, all of whom averaged over .400 this season.

"I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of girls and I'm thrilled to coach them," Driscol said. "Kayla has been very consistent for us all season. We're young and hopefully we can pick up where we left off next season."

Photos from the season are available through Flickr, with links posted on the Dysart Reporter Facebook page. Contact Editor CJ Eilers at editor@dysartreporter.com for question or requests for photos.

 
 

 

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