Bats Silenced In Knights’ 4-1 Loss To Jesuit

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Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

Off to their best start since 2006, Robinson hosted the defending 5A state champion Jesuit Tigers on Thursday night. The Knights were unable to get anything going offensively, mustering up just two hits in a 4-1 loss.

“We need to play more as a team and think less,” said Matthew Steckel (’16), who scored the team’s lone run. “Every time we play Jesuit everyone gets so hyped and we want to do too much.”

The defense behind Tommy Craparo (’15), who got the start on the mound, struggled from the start. They committed three errors in the first two innings, putting the Knights in an early hole. Though he admittedly did not have his best performance, Craparo pitched fairly well, allowing three runs (just one earned), on six hits and three walks in five innings of work.

“It felt good holding them without my best stuff,” said Craparo. “But then again, we lost.”

Jesuit led 2-0 after one inning before tacking on their third run in the second on an RBI single by Jake Jones (’17).

Robinson cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when Craparo knocked in Steckel with a groundout. Jesuit starter Drew Martin (’17) tossed six innings, allowing just the one run on one hit and one walk while striking out five. FSU-signee Ronnie Ramirez (’15) shut down the Knights in the seventh to pick up the save. Shawn Herron (’15) picked up Robinson’s only two hits of the game.

Luis Feliciano (’16) logged the final two innings on the mound, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.

“Now it’s just time to rebound,” said Craparo.

Robinson (4-2) next heads to Freedom (3-2) tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 7.