And that they most certainly did.
On a beautiful Sunday evening in Copiague (the beauty refers to the weather as well as the hotties in the crowd), the Knights dismantled North Babylon University 4-3 and 11-1, without the benefit of base hits other than singles and the rare double. The latter game turned out to be the Knights' third mercy victory in their first eight games.
Ryan Eskridge (2-0) pitched an impressive complete game in the first game of the set, one that actually was close throughout, and was won by virtue of Jeff Ryan's single in the bottom of the decisive seventh with two men on to score Mike Urtnowski who led off the inning with a single.
The Knights were buoyed by their ability to win the close first game by starting the second with three quick runs. They did not let up until the fifth, when John Bosch created the mercy situation with a long hit to score Tommy Reilly for the eleventh run.
Billy Vogt (1-0) pitched an excellent five innings to pick up the win in his first start of the young season. He struck out nine batters and allowed only two hits.
The avalanche of offense was led by Sean McGuire, who went 5 for 6 with a walk on the day, scored four runs and stole a base. The offense continued with John Bosch going 4 for 7 with 3 RBIs, and Pat Conway, Anthony Chiaramonte and Mike Urtnowski each with 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
In their last five games, the Knights have allowed just seven earned runs, which translates to, roughly, a 1.50 ERA, almost unheard of in today's amateur leagues.
And their offense has been extraordinary as well. They have amassed 87 hits in their first eight games, which works out to be about two hits per INNING. In contrast, their pitching has allowed just 37 hits, about 0.8 hits per inning.
To translate for the laymen, the Knights are playing pretty darn well. Which means you, fair reader, please, for the love of God and his good/evil minions, please, purchase their raffle tickets. They cost a mere 2 sawbucks each, or 40 Swedish kronos (5 bucks) for three tickets. I mean, what were you gonna do with that money anyway? Get a lap dance?