County Wins Conference
By David Sharp
Knox County came out of the chute with seven first inning runs
and powered to a 16-6 victory at Putnam County (2-8) in May 4, Tri-Rivers
Conference baseball action.
Parker Dixson had two hits, scored three runs and drove home
three more. Dixson fanned five batters, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings.
Lance McMahon hurled the first three and a third innings with
one strikeout. McMahon was the winning pitcher with Dixson picking up the save.
Tristan Lonberger, Dylan Morgret and Parker Dixson greeted
Putnam County starter Tyler Shuey with consecutive hits leading off the game.
Dixson’s single scored Tristan Lonberger with the game’s first run.
Matthew McCarty and Christian Deem drilled first inning RBI singles.
Knox County sent 12 men to the plate, scoring seven runs on as many hits in the
Kyle Hoskins plated Brady Minear with a one out RBI single in
the Putnam County second inning. Lance McMahon pitched around a second and
third jam, keeping the score 7-1 Eagles after two innings.
Parker Dixson led off the KCHS fourth inning with a single and
later scored the eighth Knox County run on an error. Tyler Shuey made the
Eagles pay for a two out base on balls with an RBI single in the bottom of the
third. Josh Wagner and Blaine Robinson had Midget RBI hits in the fourth frame.
Knox County led 8-4 after four innings of play. Christian Deem,
Cody Goodwin and Tristan Lonberger repeated the KCHS feat of three straight
singles leading off an inning in the KC fifth.
Dylan Morgret drew an RBI base on balls. Parker Dixson earned an
RBI with a fielder’s choice. Deem and Goodwin scored increasing the Eagle
margin to 10-4 after five innings.
Knox County tagged relief hurler Josh Dodsworth for three runs
in the top of the sixth inning. Cameron Morford had a two RBI double followed
by Christian Deem’s run producing ground out.
Josh Wagner stroked a one out RBI hit highlighting a two run Putnam
County sixth inning. Brady Minear drew a leadoff walk from KCHS pitcher Parker
Dixson. Ryan Wagner reached on an error, with Minear scoring on the play.
Knox County was on top of a 13-6 score entering the seventh and
final inning of play. The Eagles batted around, scoring three seventh inning
runs. Matthew McCarty had an RBI hit.
Lance McMahon drilled an RBI single for the 16-6 lead. Parker Dixson
nailed down the save, striking out the first two men faced in the seventh
Knox County (2-9, 1-3) scored 16 runs on 18 hits. Parker Dixson,
Brett Bryant, Matthew McCarty, Cameron Morford, Christian Deem and Cody Goodwin
had two hits each. Tristan Lonberger collected three KCHS hits with a run
Matthew McCarty, Brett Wilkerson, Cameron Morford and Christian
Deem drove in two runs each.
Putnam County scored six times on six hits. Tyler Shuey struck
out five batters in five innings pitched for the loss. Josh Dodsworth struck
out four men in two innings of relief. Josh Wagner was 2-3 at the dish with a
“It’s good to play better. We have started playing better in the
second half of the season,” said Knox County head coach Jesse Crawford. “We set
the tone scoring seven runs in the first inning. It’s easier to play ahead than
to play from behind.”
“Lance McMahon threw strikes and got in a comfort zone. We
played good defense. Several guys produced. Parker Dixson had a good game. All
through our lineup we are starting to produce and get better. We hope to be a
force come district time.”