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Thursday, April 10

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Game Played 4/10/2014 7:00PM  

Quicksand Doubles Down
Brian "Quicksand" Allsbrook doubles to lead off the Knights 3-run 2nd.
Lone Justice
Dewey "Lone Justice" Leggett walks as part of the 2nd inning rally.
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 P.M. at Carpenter Field #7.

The Plano Knights snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, as they let one slip away in an 8-7 heartbreaker Thursday evening at Carpenter Field. Starting pitcher Matt "The Sheriff" Lawley worked around an infield error to retire the side efficiently in the top of the first, and the Knights scored a run in the bottom, for an early one run cushion. Rodger "The Poet" Battani singled to center field with one out and scampered to second, when Wes "The Gambler" Willaert chalk dusted a stripe painting single down the right field line. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Lawley helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly ball to left, chasing home "The Poet", for a 1-0 advantage. The cushion evaporated quickly in the top of the second, as the wheels came off the wagon, with two outs in the inning. Two singles and six walks sent the Knights to the bullpen, and Willaert replaced Lawley on the mound in relief. A fly ball to center field ended the rally, and the Knights took their turn in the home half of the inning. Brian "Quicksand" Allsbrook led off the inning with a bang, blasting a double to the right center field gap, into a 30 mph headwind. Dewey "Lone Justice" Leggett walked to follow, and George "Cookie" Orellana earned a base on balls of his own, loading the bases one out later. Allsbrook scored on a wild pitch, and Battani reloaded the sacks, surviving a collision with the first baseman, after the catcher dropped a third strike. Willaert made the Rebels pay, with a rope single to center field, and tied the score at four runs apiece. Lawley's screaming liner to center field threatened to give the Knights a lead, but a running, diving catch on the Sheriff's rocket recorded the play of the day. The defensive gem ended the inning, but the Blue & Orange were back in business. Willaert allowed a leadoff walk in the top of the third, and then narrowly missed turning a double play, on a come-backer to the mound. A single to follow, placed runners at first and second with only one out. Willaert wheeled to second in a failed pickoff attempt, but second baseman Tim "Orange Crush" Trout pump faked his throw back to the mound and kept the baseball concealed in his glove. When the runner stepped off of second base to resume his lead, Trout executed the old hidden ball trick to perfection, alertly applying the tag for the second out of the inning. Consecutive singles to follow gave the Rebels a 5-4 advantage, but Allsbrook ended the inning with a spectacular diving catch in left field. Michael "Deuce" Kubik and Allsbrook singled in order leading off the home half of the inning, and Leggett walked to load the bases with nobody out. A wild pitch tied the ball game, but the Rebel starter gritted his teeth and struck out three batters in succession to put down the Knight uprising. Willaert recovered from a leadoff walk and a stolen base, with a strikeout, a ground out, and a liner to Trout at second, posting a scoreless 4th. Battani led off the Knight half with a sharp single to right field, but was erased on Willaert's fielder's choice ground ball to second. The shortstop's attempted relay to double "The Gambler" at first sailed wide, and Willaert advanced to second on the overthrow. A wild pitch moved Willaert to third and Lawley walked, placing runners at the corners with only one out. Stacy "The Grill Master" Scott ran for Lawley and promptly stole second base. After a called third strike recorded the second out, the Rebel defense gave the Knights an early Christmas present. The right fielder misjudged a fly ball off the bat of Allsbrook, and circled the wagons too close to the infield. The ball dropped several yards behind his camp, and the Knights came away with a two run lead, when the dust had settled. The Rebels took their final at bat, chasing a two-run defecit, as the game clock wound down to seconds remaining. A ground out to Scott at shortstop recorded the first out of the inning. A base on balls followed, after what appeared to be a missed called third strike. As the runner at first broke to steal second base, the batter grounded to third base. Kubik snared the ball and then double-clutched a throw to second, throwing across the diamond to make a play on the runner at first instead. His errant throw sailed up the right field line and both runners moved into scoring position, with only one out.
Willaert stiffened, with the game on the line, and struck out the next batter. "The Gambler" had the Rebels down to their last strike, after two quick strikes on the next hitter. Chaos theory ensued, as the batter turned on a looping curveball and blasted the orbit deep into the night sky toward left field. The 30-40 mph wind blowing in was the only force keeping the moonshot in the ballpark, as Mother Nature earned an assist. Carpenter Field somehow held the blast, and the ball landed just inside the fence. Allsbrook, who was playing in due to the gale force winds, raced to retrieve the baseball and threw a strike to Scott at shortstop, acting as the cutoff man. Scott whirled to cut down the runner attempting for a triple, and squared him in the back with the pill. The baseball Gods frowned upon the Knights once again, as the ball caromed toward the left field dugout. The runner raced home on the Knights' misfortune, giving the Rebels a miraculous 8-7 lead. Willaert shook off his bad luck and coaxed an inning ending groundout to Kubik at third. The home team still had three outs to respond, but two groundouts to second and an infield pop up to shortstop ended the disappointing defeat and kept the Knights winless on the season. The Knights get back on the horse Saturday, April 12, for a 2:30 P.M. start against the division leading Outlaws on Carpenter Field #8.          

Knights Of The Square Table
Michael "Deuce" Kubik's single helped the Knights tie the score at 5 in the 3rd.


Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Thu 4/17 Baseball 1st & Ten Brewers vs Knights 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Carpenter Field #8
Tue 4/22 Baseball Knights vs Rebels 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM Carpenter Field #8
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Thu 4/10 Baseball Knights 7 vs Rebels 8 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Carpenter Field #7
Sat 4/12 Baseball Outlaws 16 vs Knights 1 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Carpenter Field #8
Tue 4/15 Baseball Knights 5 vs 1st & Ten Brewers 12 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Carpenter Field #8