By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The Knights baseball team made it one dozen wins with four dominant victories over Princeton, Monticello, North Branch and Cambridge-Isanti.
The weather finally turned nice and the Knights celebrated by traveling to Princeton and thumping the Tigers 12-1 on Monday.
Jack and Cody Kelly drove in runs in the first as STMA took a 3-0 lead. Jack Kelly drove in another run later in the game to make the score 5-1.
Ethan Krehbiel-Valoaga hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning, which made the score 9-1 as the lead kept growing for the Knights.
Will Anderson pitched a complete game (six innings) while only allowing one run on three hits.
They would not score 15 runs again, but the Knights tallied more than enough runs in a 6-0 victory over the Monticello Magic, sweeping them in the regular season.
Another fast start got the Knights rolling in the first. After Jack reached second base, Cody Kelly hit a two-run bomb to put the Knights on the board. Ethan Krehbiel-Valoaga followed up with a solo shot to make the first-inning score 3-0.
Gradually, the Knights built the lead to 6-0. Jack Fiedler’s RBI double and a run-scoring hit by Luc Laylin were among the late-game highlights.
Travis Brown allowed just one hit in the shutout.
Manager Paul Schumm said that the team managed to avoid a letdown after being off for so long.
“(Travis) was in control the whole game, and you get a clutch hit like that by Cody Kelly kind of just put the game away right there,” Schumm said.
Playing a unique day-night doubleheader against two different teams proved to be no problem for the Knights, who picked up a pair of routs; 15-2 over North Branch and 19-2 over Cambridge-Isanti.
Paxton Thompson, Ethan Krehbiel-Valoaga and Jack Fiedler combined for 10 RBI in the win over North Branch. Each of the three also hit a home run. Kyle Hayden added a pair of hits as the Knights cruised to victory.
STMA led 10-0 by the third inning, helped along by Fiedler’s three-run blast.
Marcus Krupke pitched the first three innings, and Thad Noel got some work in the big victory.
The nightcap against Cambridge-Isanti saw the Knights race out to a huge lead. Among the highlights, Jack Kelly drove in a pair with a hit to the fence and he and Cody Kelly each hit home runs. Nick Dinkel had four RBI in the cavalcade of scoring that was the first inning.
STMA led by an impossible 17-0 margin after just one half-inning of play. Jack and Cody Kelly combined for eight RBI. Paxton Thompson earned the win on the mound with three innings of work allowing one earned run.
The Knights played Rogers on Tuesday. They host Grand Rapids on Thursday and play at Osseo on Friday.