The Blue Knight baseball team wrapped up the spring season May 23 with a 3-1 win at Barnstable. Riley Sorenson got the start and went the distance.
“It was the best overall game that he pitched all year,” coach Dick Ferris said. “His pitch location and the way he was able to throw the curve and changeup were very good.”
Sorenson scattered four hits, while striking out two and walking two.
The Red Raiders were first on the scoreboard, scoring in the bottom of the first. The Knights answered in the third when Christian Harold reached on an error and took second on the throw. Jacob Golden then walked and Charlie Corkery put down a bunt single to load the bases. Pat Tierney then singled through the left side of the infield, scoring both Harold and Golden. Johnny Stanton then singled up the middle to bring Corkery home.
“Defensively Will Bennett, Christian Harold and Brady Doherty played their best game of the season,” coach Ferris said. “They were extremely solid. Pat Tierney, in only his third varsity start behind the plate, caught very well. He made a nice throw down to second to pick off a Barnstable runner.”
Stanton and Doherty each finished with two hits for the Knights.
The Blue Knights lost the consolation round of the Cape Cod Showdown last Thursday in a 3-1 decision to Falmouth (6-14) at Eldredge Park in Orleans. Will Crowther got the start for Sandwich and went the distance, allowing three runs. He struck out seven and walked just three.
“Falmouth got all three runs in the fifth inning,” coach Ferris said. “They had the bases loaded with two outs and Nick Couhig singled, driving in two, and Mike Couhig singled to score the third run. Will pitched very well, it was just that one bad inning. Falmouth got four of their six hits in the fifth.”
Sandwich got its lone run in the top of the first when Stanton singled to lead off the inning and went to second on a bunt single by Doherty. Jon Cassista moved the runners up and Sorenson hit a sacrifice fly into right field that allowed Stanton to score. Stanton finished the game two for three.
Both teams had home runs taken away. In the bottom of the first Sorenson made a leaping catch over the left field wall to bring a ball back hit by Falmouth’s Ryan Johnson and in the top of the fifth FHS right fielder Jack O’Rourke did the same thing, going over the wall to bring back a ball hit by Sandwich’s Vinny Petracca.
“You don’t see that in high school baseball,” coach Ferris said, “never mind seeing it twice in the same game. Both of those balls should have been home runs.”
Sandwich finished the season at 8-12, missing the state tournament.
“We should have been in the tournament,” coach Ferris said, “but unfortunately we ran into a streak when we didn’t hit and we made some errors. Eight of our losses were by one run. Some of those games could have been easily won. We beat ourselves.
This year the kids had a great attitude and our four seniors were role models for the other guys.”
Stanton and Sorenson were named to the Atlantic Coast League All-Star team. Corkery received the Sportsmanship Award. The Knights named captains for next season. Sorenson, Golden and Matt Dahl will be leading the team.