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Knights left high and dry in 5-2 loss to Pelion
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PAUL BLACKWELL FOLLOWED up his win over Keenan with an inning of work in North Centrals conference loss to visiting Pelion on Tuesday night in Boonetown. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Meeting with his team following their 5-2 loss to visiting Pelion on a cold evening in Boonetown, Robbie Cash told his North Central baseball squad that the Panthers were “ripe for the picking.”In the same breath, Cash told his young Knights how proud he was of them and for the effort they put in against a Pelion squad which came into the season as the favorite to take their second consecutive Region 3-AA title.The Knights, which were coming off a conference-opening 4-1 win over Keenan last Friday, had their chances to improve to 2-0 in league play on this night. The hosts stranded 11 runners on base with 10 of those in scoring position. They also had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with one out, only to see Pelion pull off a pitcher-to-home-to-first game-ending double play.An inning earlier with the PHS lead at 4-1, NC’s Chase Stephens and Alex Tarlton drew back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the sixth.