Eight-Run Third Propels Knights To Third Straight Win

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

After braving out temperatures in the mid-40s last Friday, the Knights tried their hand at the lower-40s (with a feels like temperature of 38 degrees) on Thursday night when they hosted Gaither.

“Baseball is just not a good cold-weather sport,” said head coach Kevin McCray. “It was one of those gut check games.”

It was a gut check game that Robinson led the whole way. After Darius Autry (’15) scored on a wild pitch to give the Knights a 1-0 lead in the first, the offense pounded out eight more runs in the third. The inning featured RBI from six different Knights: Ricardo Montero (’15), Shawn Herron (’15), Matthew Steckel (’16), Joey Mello (’15), Autry and Tommy Craparo (’15). By the time the third out was recorded, 12 batters had come to the plate and they held a 9-0 lead.

Craparo got the start on the mound for the Knights, shutting out the Cowboys through four innings while allowing just two hits and striking out seven. He had trouble settling in from the start when he hit the leadoff batter before allowing a double to the next. The right-hander responded by striking out two and picking off the runner at second.

Gaither was able to cut the deficit to 9-3 in the fifth before tacking on their fourth and final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Danny Tipton (’15).

Mitchel Chowning (’15) and Kris Terry (’17) covered the final three innings on the mound.

With the win, Robinson improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 2006 season.

“We got after it and put a lot of pressure on them early,” said McCray. “Glad to be 3-0.”

The Knights look to extend their winning streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Bloomingdale (1-1). First pitch is scheduled for 1.