Green River Knights swing into new season
June 1, 2023
The Green River Knights' season started on May 2 with a game against the Post 24 Stallions. The Knights lost the game with a final score of 2-3. The Knights played the Post 24 Stallions again on May 8, and lost the game with a final score of 6-7. On May 9, the Knights played a game against the Evanston Outlaws. The Knights fell to the Outlaws with a final score of 3-13.
The Knights struggled the first three games to grab a win. They are a young team this year, losing two seasoned players from last year - Jax Peterson and Marcos Molina. Ashton Eldredge also missed the first couple of games this year and has returned to play baseball after coming home from college.
On May 13, Green River played the Lander Legends. It was the Knights' first win of the season, beating Lander with a final score of 15-11.
The Knights played the Outlaws May 14, losing the game with a final sore of 5-8.
Facing the Post 24 Stallions again May 16, the Knights won with a final score of 5-1. On May 21 they played the Jackson Giants, falling to Jackson with a final score of 2-14. The Knights played another game against the Evanston Outlaws and won the game with a final score of 6-5.
On May 22, the Knights played another game against the Post 24 Stallions, winning again with a final score of 7-3. Leading the team were seven players with one run each: Ben Bail, Q Liebelt, Chris Reinig, Ashton Eldredge, Lander Welch, Skyler Lee and Ryker Dane.
The Knights played a double-header against the Rawlins Generals on May 24. The first game was victorious for the Knights, as they dominated with a final score of 17-0. Leading the team were Jace Paoli with four runs and a home run during the game along with Ben Lail with three runs. The second game was another victory for the Knights, winning the game with a final score of 9-6. Leading the team were Ben Lail, Q Liebelt, Chris Reinig and Lander Welch with two runs each.
On May 27, the Knight played another double-header against the Buffalo Bulls. The first game was a grand-slam for Green River, winning the game with a final score of 14-1. Leading the team was Jace Paoli with three runs, along with Q Liebelt, Ashton Eldredge and Dallyn Bushelman with two runs each. In the second game, the Knights kept the Bulls at a distance, winning with a final score of 11-1. Leading the team were Skyler Lee, Ben Lail and Chris Reinig with two runs each. The Knights scored six of their runs in the fifth inning.
Head Coach Ben Lail is pleased with the overall performance from his players, especially since they are an extremely young team. He has been coaching for five years and has noticed the boys start out a little sluggish, but once they get going in the right direction, they start clicking at the right time and win games.
"I'm excited with the direction we are going," he explained. "We're starting to compete a little bit and we've got a little bit of a winning streak and we're starting to play the game we want to play."
The Knights will travel to Jackson to take on the Jackson Giants on Tuesday. Mark your calendars for their home tournament that begins on June 30 and come and support your local boys.