• Erick Starkey/News After being lured in by players Joel Hubbard, second from left, and Owen Baughman, second from right, for a “photo opportunity,” coaches Riley Swanson, left, and John Hubbard get a post-game shower after Kiwanis won the Knox County Babe Ruth city title Sunday.
  • Erick Starkey/News Members of the Knox County Babe Ruth City Championship team Kiwanis includes front, from left: Alex Awwiller, Drew Mundy and Terry Kovach; back, from left, Coach Riley Swanson, Joel Hubbard, Bryce Henson, Owen Baughman, Andrew Littleton, R.T. Troyer, Michael Pruitt, Trey Davidson, Sam Printz and coach John Hubbard.
  • Erick Starkey/News Joel Hubbard got the start on the hill for Kiwanis for the Knox County Babe Ruth city championship game Saturday. Hubbard pitched for four innings, allowing six runs, while recording six strikeouts.

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MOUNT VERNON — Eight runs in the first two innings by the Kiwanis Club squad Saturday in the Knox County Babe Ruth City Tournament against the Elks Lodge, proved to be enough to give the team its second city title in as many years.

“Riley (Swanson) and I are pretty laid back coaches,” Kiwanis coach John Hubbard said. “We let the kids have fun and we try to teach them along the way. We just wanted the kids to do their best.”

Elks, as the away team, started the first inning with two baserunners, but could not translate that into runs. Kiwanis, on the other hand, was able to plate some runs, scoring three in the first. Sam Printz got on base with a single, and two batters later, Owen Baughman also singled. With two runners on, Michael Pruitt hit a two-RBI double, and he came around to score on an RBI single from Bryce Henson, giving Kiwanis a 3-0 edge.

 

Erick Starkey: 740-397-5333 or erick@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @MVNStarkey

 

 

 

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