South Knox plated three runs in the third inning and five in the sixth, and that was plenty for pitcher Jacob Allen, who pitched five scoreless frames in pushing the Spartans to a 8-1 baseball win over visiting Pike Central on Thursday.

Allen struck out nine and scattered five hits and three walks, while Nathan Fisher worked out of a sixth-inning jam to momentarily preserve the shutout. The Chargers tallied one off Fisher in the seventh, but he still earned the save, striking out three.

Dylan Maeder doubled and singled with an RBI for South Knox (7-5); Logan Fisher two hits, two RBIs; Kaden McKinney and Nathan Fisher two hits; Toby Holland doubled; and Tristian Wirth, Kylar Simmons, and Shannon Benock singled.

“It was a marked improvement over our last two games,” South Knox coach Mike Bezy said. “Jacob gave us a nice boost. He threw strikes and kept them off-balance. He's got a nice breaking pitch, and he mixed in his fastball to really keep them guessing. We did just enough offensively. We left a ton of runners on base, but we hit it better than we have been. We struggled to get much going until the sixth, but it was nice to get a little momentum there, and hopefully we can carry that into (Friday).”

The Spartans visit Lincoln at 6 p.m. Friday.

Pike Central |000 000 1 — 1 6 3

South Knox |003 005 x — 8 12 1

W-Jacob Allen. L-Rice. S-Nathan Fisher. 2B-SK, Dylan Maeder, Toby Holland.

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