The New York Knights won their second round playoff game against the Suffolk Dodgers, 7-3.
Friday night's game at Sawyer Field was played despite the field being under water as late as 6PM. But seven Knights players showed up early to clean up the field, making it more than playable by the 8:30 PM game time. They drained hundreds of gallons of water, spread more than a ton of dry dirt, raked the whole infield smooth: all while the Suffolk Dodgers took outfield practice and stretched.
No matter. The Knights struck early and held on. Bobby Gruttadauria singled in two runs in the first inning, and Pat Conway and John Bosch knocked in one run each in the third.
Dan O'Shea, who won his team-record sixth game of the season, held the Dodgers to just three runs (one earned) and three hits. The Dodgers, whom the Knights mercied twice in a midseason doubleheader, made it interesting in the seventh, loading the bases against reliever Jay Harmon, but they could not score.
Bosch, who made a great play to end the game, had three hits. Conway went 2-for-3 with three runs, knocking in two more. Sean McGuire came closest to knocking one out, sending a drive to center that fell for a triple.
Two rounds complete, and the sixteen-team tournament has four undefeated teams, one of which being your N.Y. Knights. Two more victories means a trip to the championship game at EAB Park. So please, come out, take in some of the beautiful weather (ahem), and watch the Knights play a yet-to-be-determined foe this fine Saturday evening, 7:30PM, at Birchwood Park.