Knights compete in Buffalo Wild Wings Tournament

The Green River Knights Legion Baseball team traveled to Billings, Montana last week to compete in the Buffalo Wild Wings tournament.

In the Knights' first game, they played against the Billings Blue Jays on Thursday, June 6. In the first inning, the Knights scored zero runs to Blue Jays' eight. The same 0-8 score occurred again in the second inning, with the Knights unable to get any points. The Knights managed to get on the board during the third inning, scoring one run, but stayed behind with the Blue Jays scoring four more points. Lastly, in the fourth inning, the Knights' scored zero runs to the Blue Jays' three. The game resulted in a hard loss for the Knights, with a final score of 1-23.

Next, the Knights played against the Billings Cardinals on Friday, June 7 for their second game. In the first inning, the Knights scored one run to the Cardinals' four. During the second inning, the Knights' scored zero runs to the Cardinals' one. Then in the sixth inning the Knights' scored zero runs to the Cardinals' two. The game resulted in the Knights losing with an ending score of 1-7.

Later that Friday, the Knights played the Billings Post 4 Legion B Red Team for their third game in the tournament. In the first inning, neither team scored any runs. During the fourth inning, the Knights took the lead, scoring three runs to the Red teams' zero. They pulled even further ahead during the fifth inning, scoring three more runs, with the Red Team unable to score. The game resulted in the Knights clean win, with a final score of 6-0.

Leading the Knights against the Read Team was Ryker Dane with two runs, along with Brackin Lail, Karson Hansen, Travin Brown and Jaydon Walther with one run each.

In the Knights' fourth game on Saturday, June 8, they played the Powell Pioneers Varsity team. In the first inning, the Knights scored zero runs to the Pioneers' five. During the third inning, the Pioneers scored two more runs. Then lastly, in the fifth inning, the Pioneers scored another point while the Knights continued to struggle to get on the board. The game resulted in the Knights' loss, with a final score of 0-8.

Finishing off for the Knights' fifth game on Sunday, June 9, they played the Parker Lightning Baseball team from Montana. In the first inning, neither team scored any runs. During the second inning, the Knights took the lead, scoring three runs to the Lightnings' two. The Knights stayed ahead during the rest of the game while the Lightning team continued to struggle to score. The Knights scored two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and three more in the seventh to finish strong. The game resulted in the Knights' landslide win, with a final score of 12-2.

Leading the team was Braxton Doak with three runs. Following were Zane Kovick and Brody Fuller with two runs each, along with Lander Welch, Travin Brown, Dallyn Buschelman, Jaydon Walther and Jace Paoli with one run each.

"I feel pretty good about the tournament," said Head Coach Ben Lail. "It was a long weekend for us."

Despite some of the teams' struggles, Coach Lail felt that they competed well in most of their games and he felt positive about their two wins, especially considering that they were playing against some of the best teams in Montana.

Looking to the future for the season and what the team will bring, Coach Lail added, "I'm just exited to keep going and to go forward with this team. We've have had some of our young kids step up. Karson Hansen, in particular last weekend, played great. Jaydon Walther played great as well. We are just looking forward to the rest of the year."

Yesterday the Knights headed to Pocatello, Idaho to compete in the Pocatello Wood Bat Classic tournament, hosted June 12 - 15. The tournament will host teams from Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.

Later in the month, on June 27, the Knights will be hosting the biggest single "A" baseball tournament in Wyoming, having 10 teams from both out of state and in-state come to Green River to compete.

 

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