BICKNELL — North Knox continued its offensive barrage to start the season on Tuesday, as the Warriors jumped in front of Loogootee with a five-run second inning and tallied in every frame the rest of the way to take out the Class A honorable mention Lions for a 12-6 Blue Chip Conference win.
Cole Jones did a bit of everything for North Knox (5-0, 1-0 Blue Chip), which won for the fourth time after trailing by at least three runs. The senior went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He was the winning pitcher in 4 2/3 innings, striking out four while giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. Jones also started a pair of double plays on defense.
The Warriors got plenty of other contributions on offense as well. Will Sloan was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs; Holtman Doades 3-for-4, two runs, two RBIs; and Kale Jones was 3-for-3 with a run.
Loogootee (3-1, 0-1) notched a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to go up, 4-0. In the home half, Brant Trinkle and Sloan led off with consecutive doubles, and three straight Loogootee errors brought in two North Knox runs and loaded the bases for Cole Jones. The pitcher helped his own cause with a double to the right-centerfield fence, plating all three runs for a 5-4 lead, which North Knox didn't relinquish.
"A conference win is always a good win. Cole was throwing well. He hit his spots with his three pitches, changing the speed," North Knox coach Paul Jones said. "The defense had three errors early and then buckled down until the bats came alive. Cole hit a home run for us, and Will Sloan just missed a home run off the wall in left."
The Warriors added one run in the third, and two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Loogootee knocked Jones out with two runs in the fifth inning, which got the score to 8-6. But Mason Lyons worked out of the jam and only let up one hit while striking out five to pick up the save in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Lyons also had a hit and an RBI, and Zach Boyles singled with two RBIs. North Knox also took advantage of six Loogootee errors, which made half of the Warriors' runs unearned.
"Mason did a good job coming in to finish," coach Jones said. "Holtman worked hard behind the plate, and he came through with three hits after they'd dropped fly balls in foul territory."
North Knox competes in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.
Loogootee |220 020 0 — 6 9 6
North Knox |051 222 x — 12 16 4
W-Cole Jones. L-Bryant Eckerle. S-Mason Lyons. 2B-L, Jordan Wildman, Austin Brittain, Lucas Brittain; NK, Jones 2, Will Sloan, Brant Trinkle. HR-NK, Jones.