Knights place third in 16th annual Midwest Classic baseball tournament

The varsity Knights baseball team competed in the 16th annual Midwest Classic Baseball tournament. The Knights started off the tournament on Monday, March 26 in their first pool play game against Hickman High School (1-1). Senior pitcher DJ Bills started the game and led the team to a shutout victory, 10-0.

“My performance was the same as everyone’s, everyone came through and it was a great team win,” Senior DJ Bills said.

By the time the Knights started their bracket play on Friday, March 30, the Knights were 1-1 with a loss against Vianney (2-0) along with their previous victory against Hickman. The Knights opened bracket play with a game against Glenbrook North High School (2-0), a team from the Chicago area. The Knights came out on top with a 2-1 victory. This game was a huge morale booster for the whole team.

“It made us realize that we can beat any team around and it’s definitely gave us a load of confidence,” Senior Dustin Dalton said.

The Knights went into the semi final game on Saturday, March 31 finding themselves playing Vianney again, who was coming off of a victory against Howell Central the day before. The team went into the game hoping to get revenge since they had lost to Vianney in pool play but instead they came out with an upsetting 9-3 loss. This loss put them into the 3rd place game against district rival Howell (2-0), who the Knights fell to in the Troy Classic the week before.

“I was excited because we had the chance to get revenge from the last time we played each other ending in a loss through extra innings,” Junior Jake Schollar said.

After a slow start, North offense caught fire and rallied for seven unanswered runs. Junior starter Dillon Dalton carried a two hitter into the 7th inning. Howell put up a fight in the 7th, scoring their 5 runs, but their rally was too little too late. The Knights came out on top with a score of 7-5. This was a huge win for the Knights because they haven’t been able to beat Howell in three years.

“It was a relief and it felt good,” Senior Braxton Martinez said.