MARYSVILLE — The second seeded East Knox Bulldogs’ baseball season plays like the old western movies, where the cavalry comes over the hill to save the day at the last moment.
The Bulldogs’ penchant for late-game heroics, however, is not some John Wayne flair for the dramatic. It comes from a combination of unflappable confidence and the patience of a rattlesnake, waiting for the right moment to uncoil.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs (21-3) struck in the fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate in a six-run, six-hit parade to stun the eighth-seeded Grove City Christian Eagles, 6-3 and gain a berth in the Division IV Central District Finals.
After watching Eagles’ starting pitcher Dane Long spin a one-hitter for four innings, setting down 12 of the first 14 Bulldog batters he faced, East Knox fans were hard pressed to find something to cheer about.