Knights rally late to knock off Rocky Grove, 6-3
RUSSELL — Eisenhower scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to post a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Rocky Grove in a conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon.
“It was good to see, and they were having fun,” said Eisenhower coach Clint Corse.
The Knights led 1-0 after the first inning, but Rocky Grove scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
That’s when the hosts erupted for a five-spot that kept their record perfect at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Jared Beers got the frame started with an infield single. He then stole second base to set up the rally. Teagan Gray then sent Beers home with an RBI double, after which Zach Rohlin was walked. Kael Hunt followed with an RBI single, which was followed by a single from Jacob Blake to load the bases. That brought Zane Alexander to the plate, where the senior smacked a two-RBI single to give the Knights the lead. Owen Trumbull would add another run in the sixth to complete the comeback.
Gray got Eisenhower on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that that scored Alexander.
“It’s actually the best feeling as a coach,” Corse said of the comeback. “There was a moment of noticeable growth, especially from my younger players. They all did what they had to do and played as a team.”
Trumbull pitched a complete game, finishing with five strikeouts and two walks.
“He’s a leader. Honestly, his team was kind of down in the doldrums,” Corse said of Trumbull. “We were down, he just rallied them together, saying ‘Let’s go, let’s start hitting.'”
Gray smacked second double of the year and Beers finished 3-for-3 with two stolen bases.