The Knights mercied three games (!) in three tries this weekend against NB University (1) and the Suffolk Dodgers (2). Thirty-eight Knights runs on thirty-four Knights hits was the line, and everyone supplied their fair share of fireworks.
Game 1 against NBU resulted in a 11-1 Knights win. Dan O'Shea (3-0) pitched four shutout innings, allowing no runs on just four hits and no walks. Frank Giglio was the offensive star, going 2-for-2 with a home run and 5 RBIs.
Other stars included Pat Conway, who went 4-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored, and John Bosch and Bobby Gruttadauria, who each collected two hits.
Sunday's doubleheader saw the Knights bury the Dodgers early in both games despite several injuries and absences. The Dodgers, with a record of 7-6 coming into the game, faced a Knights team without their main leadoff hitter, a shortstop with a bruised right arm from being hit by a pitch, an outfielder with a painfully sore right elbow, another outfielder with a deep cut on his right thumb and a neck with little range of motion, a first baseman who recently received a cortisone shot in his throwing shoulder, and only one available pitcher, a relief pitcher who is coming off a shoulder injury and a bad Thursday practice throwing session.
For the Knights, this is pretty much par for the course. But in this league, while the Knights are par, they turn their opponents into a quintuple bogey.
Starting pitcher Jay Harmon had a six-run lead by the time he stepped to the mound for the bottom of the first as John Bosch and Paxton Provitera both had two run singles in top of the inning.
Harmon (2-0) took the win, completing the four-hit "shutout" as the Knights defeated the Dodgers, 14-0 in a game that required only four innings before the towel was throw in.
Conway, Bosch, and Giglio were once again the offensive stars, with Conway smashing a triple and collecting 3 RBIs, Bosch having two hits and 3 RBIs, and Giglio going a perfect 3-for-3 with 3 runs.
The second game of the set saw the Knights continue the onslaught, pounding out another 11 hits as they finished with a 13-3 victory. Picking up the win was ... Jay Harmon (3-0), who became the first Knight pitcher to start and win two games of a doubleheader. He finished the day with 8 innings pitched, allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits and just one walk.
Tommy Reilly, sore elbow and all, smacked 3 hits, including a home run and triple, driving in 3 runs. Hector Rolon's triple scored three more, and Conway and Giglio once again had multi-hit games.
The weekend's offensive deluge results in such incredible numbers, we can't resist listing them all:
* Frank Giglio finished the weekend 8-for-9 with five runs and seven RBIs. Not bad, eh?
* Well, Pat Conway didn't fare too badly, either, going 9-for-10 with nine runs and six RBIs. Yikes.
* John Bosch scored six times and drove in six more. And he crushed several entertainingly long foul balls.
* Anthony Chiaramonte, whose steady play often gets overlooked in these columns (he is tied for the team lead in RBIs, you know) scored five times and drove in three more.
* Jeff Ryan scored twice in game one and had an excellent game behind the plate.
* Sean McGuire walked three times against NBU, tying the Knights record for walks in a game. Dan O'Shea promptly tied Sean in game one vs. Suffolk with three more.
* And Jay Harmon, who unfortuately for the team also had to bat twice, somehow managed to hit a foul pop fly ... before ultimately striking out, naturally.
News flash...the Knights are a PRETTY DAMN GOOD TEAM. With a record of 11-6 and seven not-so-tender mercies, they are one mercy win away from chat-room-fan-club status. So head to the garage, dig out that folded lawn chair, buy a gallon of sunscreen, and come watch the Knights this weekend as they play two difficult opponents next weekend in their new gray uniforms*!
* (Subject to weather conditions and availability of new gray uniforms)