Once again, defense did in the Knights. Despite a home-run-robbing catch by Hector Rolon early on, five subsequent Knights errors led to four unearned runs.
Starter Rob Maier (1-4) once again pitched a strong game, limiting the powerful Storm to only six hits, but tacked on another hard-luck loss.
The offense was provided by Frank Giglio, Tommy Reilly, and Bobby Gruttadauria, who had consecutive RBI hits in the third inning. Gruttadauria also had an outfield assist, gunning down a potential scorer in the latter stages of the game to keep it close.
The Storm, who are rumored to have paid players, hurled more verbal smack at the Knights than pitches, or so it seemed. All through the game it seemed like a Storm player had to make some sort of unnecessarily cocky statement. And the most upsetting actions were in the final frame, when several Storm players packed their things all started to leave, despite a thin two run lead. They may be historically the strongest team on the island, but they are hardly the class of L.I baseball.
While receiving the onslaught of insults and taunts, the Knights kept their composure, and restrained themselves despite an uncanny ability to hurl witty retorts of their own. The Knights prefer to beat their opponents with bats and balls, not words.
The Knights are now 8 and 6, a good enough record to make the playoffs at this pace and draw a weaker opponent. So please, get off your ass, hop in the car, drive to the 7-11, get a quart of Evian, and soak some sun while watching the Knights vanquish two differnet opponents in three games this weekend.