Game 1 was close throughout - a great game that included five lead changes. But erratic defense kept the Florida Seadogs in the game. Only a failed double play attempt in the ninth gave Florida the victory.
The inning began with two errors and a sacrifice to put two runners in scoring position. The next batter was intentionally walked to create a double play situation and a lefty-vs-lefty matchup. The batter then hit a grounder to second on the first-pitch. The out at second was recorded but the relay was low and could not be handled at first, ending the game.
Among the offensive stars was Pat Conway, who had three of his five weekend hits, including a long triple to score the game's first run. Sean McGuire stretched a triple into a home run because of heads-up baserunning. The three-run play put the Knights ahead once again, 4-3, halfway through the game. Billy Vogt had three hits, including a single to spark the rally that ended with McGuire's four-bagger.
Starting pitcher Rob Maier had another solid outing, going 6 2/3 innings of six-hit ball in the blazing sun. Reliever Jay Harmon took the hard-luck loss.
Game 2 had the look of a Knights blowout...until the last inning of a curfew-shortened game. Four errors in the fateful fifth inning lead to six unearned Black Sox runs, giving the Sox a 7-6 win, eliminating the Knights from contention.
Starting pitcher Vogt pitched well enough to win (only one earned run). He was also involved in a bizarre at-bat in which the umpire lost track of the count, costing him a ball that could have led to a walk.
The offensive star of the game was Tommy Reilly, whose double and triple scored three runs, two of which came in the five-run third inning.
Game 3 was a featured a gutty turnaround performance by the weary Knights. Despite a heinous 8:45 AM starting time, the Knights struck early and held on for a great 7-6 win against their old MABL enemies. Dan O'Shea held the reviled Sun Devils at bay, and reliever Reilly picked up a difficult save.
Other weekend stars were Bobby Gruttadauria, who went 5-for-10 with 3 RBIs. Conway homered in Game 3, McGuire ended the weekend with five hits, and newcomer Hector Rolan caught an excellent Game 2.
The Knights hope that the inspiring Game 3 victory could propel them through the reminder of July, which will include 13 games.