ESSEX – Fremont-Mills scored 11 runs over the final two innings in a 15-11 win over Essex/South Page, Friday, May 31.
Trojan pitcher Daniel Ohnmacht held the Knights to two runs over the first four frames. The Knights added two more in the fifth to tie the game, and then scored six in the sixth and five in the seventh against three Trojan pitchers.
The Trojans jumped on top with four runs in the first inning. Colton Thornburg singled, stole second and scored on Ohnmacht’s single. Knights pitcher Seth Malcom walked the next two and then an error all took place before an out was recorded.
A Brock Hetzel single turned into a run in the second inning for the Knights. A pair of two-out errors added one more run to the Fremont-Mills total in the third. A pair of singles and a walk plated two more in the fifth.
Essex/South Page went back in front in the home half of the fifth. Knights reliever Jacob Jenkerson gave up a walk, hit a batter and had an error behind him against the lower third of the Trojan order with one out. After a strikeout, he gave up three straight free passes allowing the three runs to score.
The Trojans enjoyed a 7-4 lead after five innings, but Ohnmacht’s day on the mound was done. He gave up five hits and four runs, two earned. He walked one and struck out five.
The Knights scored six runs on just one hit in the sixth to move in front 10-7. They added five more runs on two hits in the seventh.
The Trojans cut away half of their eight-run deficit in the final frame. Colton Hauschild, the fourth Knights pitcher of the game, walked the bases loaded to start the inning. After a strikeout, an error and an Eli Drennen single plated four. Hauschild would strike out the next two to end the game, though, and give the Knights a 2-0 record in Corner Conference play with both wins coming in come from behind fashion.
Dylan Chambers earned the win in relief and led the Knight offense with three hits and three runs scored. Jenkerson and Isaac Bateman also had two hits for Fremont-Mills. Eight of the Knight starters had at least one hit.
Thornburg, Ohnmacht and Drennen had a hit each in the first game of the season for Essex/South Page. Drennen drove in two runs while Thornburg, Ohnmacht and Luke Dalley all scored twice.
The Trojans took 13 walks and stole 12 bases.