East Knox win over Freddies sets up showdown for KMAC title

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Geoff Cowles/News Fredericktown Freddies’ batter Clem Cunningham (4) drives in a first-inning run Wednesday with an RBI single, helping his team go on top, 1-0, over East Knox. The Bulldogs won, 6-3, in their team’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference matchup.

FREDERICKTOWN — Caleb Gallwitz got the visiting East Knox Bulldogs started and teammate Ethan Beckett put the Fredericktown Freddies to sleep Wednesday. The Bulldogs (21-2 overall, 11-2 KMAC) held the Freddies scoreless over the final six innings to earn part of a three-way tie for first place in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference baseball action, 6-3.

“Fredericktown is fundamentally sound,” East Knox coach Randy Baugher said. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes. It’s always going to be a battle when we come here. My guys love pressure, and they seem to respond.”

Geoff Cowles/News East Knox Bulldogs’ relief pitcher Ethan Beckett (32) worked the final two innings of his team’s game, giving up a walk and striking out two to shut the door on the Fredericktown. The Bulldogs won, 6-3, to tie the Freddies in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference standings.

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East Knox Bulldogs’ relief pitcher Ethan Beckett (32) worked the final two innings of his team’s game, giving up a walk and striking out two to shut the door on the Fredericktown. The Bulldogs won, 6-3, to tie the Freddies in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference standings. Request this photo

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The Bulldogs’ bench got boisterous when Gallwitz (2-for-3) launched a first-inning leadoff homer. Teammate Dawson David (2-for-3, two runs) followed with a single, and scored on an RBI hit by Cade Leach (2-for-3) to get the Bulldogs’ dugout rocking with a 2-0 lead.

“We try to keep excitement with our guys,” Gallwitz said. “We get everyone going with excitement for the game. Good vibes in the dugout the whole time.”

 

Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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