GRAND ISLAND – After a 0-2 start in pool play at the Grand Island tournament, the York Knights 11-U baseball team turned things around in bracket action going 2-1 and taking home fourth place overall.
The Knights lost to the Grand Island Riverdogs 6-5 and the La Vista Panthers 7-4 before recording a 21-2 win over the Grand Island Dirty Dozen in the first round of bracket play.
The Knights kept it going as they came back to avenge the pool play loss to La Vista 20-7 before ending their tournament with a loss to the McCook Bison.
Grand Island 6, York 5
The Knights recorded three hits to just two for the Riverdogs, but a late run sealed the Knights’ fate in the one-run loss to open the tournament.
James Samson toed the rubber for the Knights and lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and four runs while striking out three. Kain Combs and Emmitt Dirks entered the game from the bullpen throwing 1 2/3 innings, respectively.
Carsen Pieper, Dirks and Combs each managed one hit to lead York.
La Vista 7, York 4
York was better offensively as it stroked six hits to five for the Panthers.
Jackson Holoch was on the mound for the Knights and he allowed three hits and five runs over three innings while striking out three. Dirks and Aidan Kadavy saw action in relief. Dirks led the Knights’ offense with two hits in three at-bats.
York 21, Grand Island Dirty Dozen 2
Dirks’ four-hit performance led the Knights to the lopsided 21-2 win in the first game of bracket play.
The Knights tallied 10 runs in the third inning as Pieper, Combs, Holoch, Kadavy, Zayden Londene and Jaxson Hinze each drove in runs during the inning.
Dirks was the pitcher of record as he lasted two innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out two.
Dirks went 4 for 4 at the plate to lead York. A total of 21 stolen bases was also a factor in the win.
York 20, La Vista 7
Dirks continued to be hot at the plate as he was 5 for 5 with four singles and a double.
The Knights collected 19 hits and La Vista had six in the high-scoring affair.
York pulled away for good with five runs in the second inning. The Knights plated 10 runs in the fifth.
The offense was led by the bats of Dirks, Pieper, Holoch, Brandon Hanrahan and Brayden Wegrzyn, all of whom drove in runs.
Combs was on the hill for York. He lasted four innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out three and walking zero.
Knights lose to Bison
McCook took an early lead in the first inning. York evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the second inning when Hanrahan’s sac fly scored one run for the Knights.
Dirks was on the mound for York and allowed six hits and six runs over three innings, striking out five. Combs, in relief, threw two innings out of the bullpen.
Hinze and Kadavy each managed one hit to lead the offense.
The final score was not provided.