By Paul Miller
Knightly News Co-Adviser
The Central Penn Knights split two games against visiting Penn State – York at FNB Field on City Island on Tuesday. They dropped the first game 8-1 and picked up the win in the second game, 9-6.
The games were played at FNB Field, the home park for the Harrisburg Senators, the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
In Game 1, sophomore Colby Edwards got the start but struggled early, walking seven total batters and allowing four runs. A bright spot for the Knights was reliever Colby Criswell, who pitched four innings of one-run ball in relief of Edwards.
Offensively, the Knights struggled, managing only seven hits and one run. Second baseman Owen Zell and third baseman Adam Hoover registered two hits each in the contest.
For Penn State – York, the story was clearly about starting pitcher Carter Williams, who pitched a complete game, allowing only one run. Eric Gornik reached base five times with two hits and three walks, while Jacob Earnest contributed two RBIs and a steal.
Game 2 was a different story for the Knights, as they displayed their offensive firepower for the home fans.
The star of the game offensively was Owen Zell, named the Knightly News Player of the Game. Zell went 1-for-2, adding three walks, three runs and a steal. He was the spark at the top of the order that the team needed, fueling the offense in the second game for the Knights.
Also at the plate, Zach Boyer was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, tacking on important insurance runs in the seventh and final inning. Also, Shais Roman chipped in two RBIs, a steal and a run. Bryan Rodriquez added two steals and a run.
After the doubleheader, the Knights stand with a 3-2 record on the season, with Penn State – York improving to 1-5. The Knights next game is Saturday, as they visit Bucks County Community College in Newtown.
The Knights next four home games will be next week at FNB Field. They will play Penn State – Mont Alto on March 28 at 1 and 3 p.m. and Christendom on March 31 at 3 and 5 p.m.
The links for the streams from Tuesday’s contests are below. Paul Miller and Thomas Davis were on the call.