Knights defeat Vikings for title

Knights defeat Vikings for title

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Knights defeat Vikings for title

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The St. Joseph’s Knights are two time South Carolina Class A State Baseball Champions.

The Knights, after dropping the first game of the best of three series against Latta, came roaring back taking the final two encounters in impressive fashion. That was topped with Friday’s 10-0 victory over Latta in the rubber match at Spring Valley High School.

The game was stopped in the bottom of the sixth when left fielder Jack Twomey crossed the plate for the final run of the game.

Leading the way was starting pitcher Nick Leonard who went the distance, shutting out the Vikings.

“Nick had something to prove (after losing to Latta) Monday night,” said St. Joseph’s coach John Barwick. “He came back tonight and was lights out.”

The game remained scoreless until the third when the Knights sent 11 batters to the plate, pushing across five runs. After that it was just a matter of whether or not Latta would manage an offensive threat and Leonard and company made sure that would not happen.

“It was awesome,” said Leonard. “I just went out there and threw my best. The team had my back and things worked out really well and we took it to the house.”

While Leonard was taking care of business on the field, St. Joseph’s played outstanding defense behind him, not committing an error.

Offensively there were several heroes with catcher David Marable lead the way. He had three hits and a sacrifice fly, knocking in three runs and scoring one.

“To be honest, I wasn’t worried at all,” said Marable. “I have so much faith in my team. I know we can overcome so much adversity that is thrown on us. Once we get in a groove, no one can take it away from us. As long as we stay in our game, we’re undefeated.”

“The kids are awesome and our coaching staff is second to none,” said Barwick.

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